WeBike- pedal + recharge your tech while working!

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….


WeWatt Concept

From WeWatt website, their concept


Photo from WeWATT website of Antwerp railway station (Belgium)


From Inhabitat’s website


Heading to IFLA?

Attend some green library sessions while in Lyon France for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress!

Session 152: Green libraries promoting sustainable development
19 August 2014 16:00 – 18:00 | Room: Forum 2

Session 116B — From green ideas to green practice in libraries
19 August 2014 09:00 – 11:00 | Off-site

Please visit also the ENSULIB Business Meeting
Session 93 — Business meeting — Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group
18 August 2014 11:30 – 13:00 | Room: Salle Bellecour 2

From the  The Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group.

Gardening Resource

This infographic below (from Care2.com but created by Goodtobehome) could be a fun resource to hang in your library or use to start a garden with your school, public library community or campus. OR, use this example as a template to create one of your own for your area. Note that the infographic is for a zone in Great Britain so it might not correlate directly to your area. But some things I like about this are the visual display of companion plantings, the “did you know” section or tips, and even the planting legend and chart showing spacing, propagation, etc.

UK housing energy fact file infographic

Seed Lending Libraries: Resources


Photo Credit: Vincent_AF via Compfight cc

Being the heart of growing season, looking into the latest in seed lending libraries, I had no idea how fast they were growing too! This seed libraries website explains what seed lending libraries are all about, as well as a ton of resources to help you start your own. Check out their sister libraries page that lists by state the 340 seed lending libraries that (they know) exist! Does your state or area have one? If not, you have tools and a network of people to support you in starting one yourself.  Don’t forget to LIKE them on Facebook as well


iconPFLooking to print a website  (“greener”) without wasting paper and ink on all the unnecessary pages and formatting? Try this web-based tool called PrintFriendly. You can print almost any website by simply pasting the URL on the Printfriendly website, or email the page to yourself, or print to PDF as well.



Also, add the tool as an extension to your Chrome browser to use as needed. And you can download the button code and add to your own website.  (find out more!)

TIP:  As suggested by the Tech Bits column in C&RL News June 2014 (brought to you by ACRL ULS Technology in University Libraries Committee) this tool  “…could be a powerful visual tool for librarians to compare website content and reliability during instruction” (- Jaki King)

Photos from Sustainable Sessions at ALA Annual



Sprouting Green Librarians Among the Weeds by Mindy Reed, Program Manager, Project Director, Austin Public Library who runs the Recycled Reads Program: http://www.recycledreads.org/


From the Ground Up Promoting Sustainability in Academic Libraries – four amazing librarians from UC San Diego postering.


SustainRT Lightning Rounds: Sustainability at Your Library, which provides some great ideas from several different libraries




















Check out the slides here:  SustainRTpresentation