24 hours of reality (Sept 16-17) — Starting now!



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?

FILM: Economics of Happiness (it’s about localization!)

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:


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)