Check out this video from JSTOR or in other words a JSTORY! Jeanine Vélez Gavilán discusses her career in botany, her passion for endangered plants, and how climate change challenges botanists today. This story is also to help promote their Global Plants Initiative – an international undertaking by leading herbaria to digitize and make available plant type specimens and other holdings used by botanists and others working in botany and other fields every day with partners from 300 institutions, 70 countries (read more). JSTOR provides the production, platform, technical, and promotional support to the participating Global Plants Initiative partners. You can search and view details on the collection but to view the images you must be a subscribing institution.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2014 is hosting is Conference & Expo themed Innovation for Sustainable Economies & Communities which starts next week October 26-29 in Portland, OR. What a great lined up a keynotes:
Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA Executive Director and “Story of Stuff” creator, featured keynote
Marcelo Bonta, founder of Environmental Professionals of Color and the Center for Diversity & the Environment, Monday keynote
Rob Bennett, founder and CEO of EcoDistricts, Tuesday keynote
Andy Keller, president and founder of ChicoBags, opening Student Summit keynote
- Anna Lappé, national bestselling author and sustainable food advocate, closing Student Summit keynote
A search for sessions related somehow to libraries came up with:
- 10/27/2014 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM – Using co-instruction to enhance information literacy in sustainability education, Meghann E. Jarchow, Sustainability Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, “This model of co-instruction and supplementary course material by Sustainability and Library faculty is beneficial to student learning because it helps students link the sustainability content while developing greater information literacy skills….”
- 10/28/2014 1:40 PM – 2:00 PM - Road Scholars: Promoting a Car-Free On-Campus Experience with Bikes, Shane Tedder, Sustainability Coordinator, University of Kentucky, Lexington , Kentucky, “The Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library has 10 years of experience in providing free bicycle check-out and on-campus repair service at the University of Kentucky…”
- 10/27/2014 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM How can an Academic Library support a University’s Sustainability Plan? (poster), Elena Maans, MLIS Sustainability Coordinator, Dominican University, Forest Park, Illinois, “The discussion will be facilitated by a Public Services Librarian and a Sustainability Coordinator who will outline how they are collaborating to meet the sustainability goals of the University…”
I saw on the SustainRT facebook page that: Elena Maans is facilitating a networking meeting for librarians and sustainability professionals on Monday October 27th from 1pm to 2pm in room B112.
**if there are librarian speakers at this event please comment here and let me know! I hope we get some good summaries (or a webinar?) shared from those in attendance! ***
Upcoming online webinar 10/28/14 1pm eastern time zone. Directed toward Illinois librarians but seems open to all. And Laura Barnes is a wealth of knowledge on the topic! Sign up here.
Do you want to incorporate environmental sustainability into your library operations and your organization but don’t know how to begin? Join Laura Barnes to learn how to develop a sustainability plan and sell it to your colleagues. We will also discuss employee engagement strategies and some library-specific things you can do to minimize your environmental footprint.
Laura Barnes is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) and the Sustainability Information Curator at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a unit of the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute. She is a degreed librarian who specializes in locating and sharing environmental information and developing finding aids for working engineers and scientists. She also teaches workshops to help businesses and organizations become more environmentally friendly and authors the Environmental News Bits blog, in addition to directing GLRPPR’s regional programs. Links to information resources she has developed are available.
Our campus Sustainability Office is promoting a Green Office Certification Program – no reason why any library couldn’t follow these same ideas and procedures as well. We are completing by department in the library since we are a large library. The goal is to help the University work toward carbon neutrality and reaching its sustainability goals. These resources help guide us through the process, and help us rethink what we do, using their ample resources and tools – and you can make it sort of a competition as well to get folks motivated. We all work off this spreadsheet with points given for each item, categorized by area. There are some very good instructions here:
The office provides some great resource guides too. I’m sharing here as I’m sure others could benefit and get ideas for your own library from this list:
- The Four R’s
- Green Purchasing
- Event Sign In Sheet
- Pre-Break Checklist
- CFL Use and Disposal
- Carpool Sign Up Sheet
- Double Sided Printing
- Decrease Page Margins
- Green Event Guidelines
- Temperature Guidelines
- Sustainable Transportation
- Reduce Junk Mail and Catalogs
- Writing Instruments Brigade Flyer
- Auto Power Management (Windows XP)
- Auto Power Management (Windows Vista and 7)
Starting today, September 16, 12pm EDT The Climate Reality Project (check out #climatehope or on Facebook) is offering live streaming to “share 24 reasons to be hopeful about solving the climate crisis.” This is a great opportunity for programming an environmental education activity at your library. Can you stream it live in your library or link off your website?
Our campus (and librarian run!) sustainability film and discussion series, now on its 9th year, hosted our first film of the year last week entitled “Economics of happiness” – a film about globalization and localization. Worth a showing at your library followed by a discussion on what it means, and how to be local in your own communities!
Not only is the film worth a blog post, but the collaboration with the campus and student learning is worth mentioning too. This series has always partnered with the Weatherspoon Art Museum (on our campus), and supported by the UNCG Office of Sustainability and the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, but this year’s film series is in conjunction with the Warren Ashby Dialogue series, – a year-long interdisciplinary conversation on the philosophy of localization as a response to global social and environmental change. With over 180 people in attendance (our largest group yet!), standing room only, with more than half being students, we hope this trend continues all year long.
In our post film discussion, we talked about supporting our local farmers markets, attending locally run permaculture workshops, edible school yards, back door breakfasts, and creating a local map or website showing what business are local. Some key comments: there are limits to acting individually but not to acting locally; infinite growth does not work on a finite planet. One positive story — a new student mentioned her frustration on buying a T-shirt in the bookstore to show her school spirit, only to find they were all made in another country: she ventured the idea as an art/design student, to work with other students to come up with designs, for T-shirt, and other to create a prototype… then a business student piped up that he could help with the marketing of it. Not only a community connection but one coming from students!
Some film resources:
- Watch trailer: http://youtu.be/VkdnFYDbiBE
- Read the Discussion/Study Guide: http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/study-guide
- What you can do: http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/get-active-what-we-can-do
New idea for library furniture…. pedal to recharge your tech while working at a desk with the WeBIKE. You can exercise and produce energy at the same time!! WeWATT is a Belgium Company who created these combo-desk-bikes and they are now in many places in Europe (check out photos of examples here). Watch this excellent Mashable Video to learn more!.
These WeBikes can be in laid out in a row or circle (think group work). They say they are make with some recycled materials too. Takes about 30 minutes of pedaling to charge your iPhone. Though its a small company, customizing each request, so it’s probably not ready for most libraries yet at a cost of around $1300 a bike!?! But the concept is so worth considering….