Earth Day is this coming week and hopefully most libraries are planning some exciting community involved activities to remind people how connected to the Earth we really are! You can check out a past list I made of ideas and activities here, but also consider taking the Story of Stuff Pledge too. Here are some links for more earth day ideas:
Check out this new book by Mandy Henk Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Path to a Carbon-free Library coming out this summer from ALA but you can order now & you should! The online summary says:
n the first book to seriously examine the future of libraries in a climate reality-based context, Henk convincingly argues that building a carbon-free future for libraries is not only essential but eminently practical. Using the “three E’s” of sustainability (ecology, economy, equity) as a foundation, she traces the development of sustainability from its origins in the 1970s to the present, laying out a path librarians can take at their own institutions to begin the process of building a carbon-free library. Rooted in the latest science but firmly focused on concrete action, her book”
I heard Mandy speak as a keynote at the Social Entrepreneurship in Action: the 2013 Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians on Libraries and the Triple Bottom Line and she had some fantastic ideas I had not even thought about myself. (Check out her Prezi)
We just got a 3d printer in my library and though I do hate that we are printing with ABS plastic, at least it can be recycled (though you might have to search for a nearby place to recycle it with). But reading about the possibilities to print on PLA or polylactic acid, a bio-plastic, starch based material. Sounds like this material does clog often which is not a plus, and it’s hard to recycle (it’s meant to break down eventually). Openmaterials has a lot of ideas for DIY experimentation for various materials that could be used. But the coolest news is the possibly “robot” to turn trash into 3D printing material called Filabot!
For a real entrepreneur check out this story in Inhabitat “West African Inventor Makes a $100 3D Printer From E-Waste” – How inventive, creative and green!
Maybe not really “Green Library” related but I love the idea of reuse and art projects. Anyone with a Makerspace in your library should really check out these ideas. Care2 has a great post about upcylcing and art projects that could be fun for any library:
10 DIY Crafts for Old Altoids Tins (oh the miniature zen gardens are a fabulous idea)
25 Ways to Upcycle Old T-Shirts (the t-shirt to yoga pants – awesome!)
24 ways to reuse old sweaters (I think the sweater skirt would be easy enough for me to do)
15 Ways to Reuse Old Pillowcases (I like the pillowcase belt, but I think my cat wants the hammock)
and of course…
20 upcyclying idea for BOOKS from picture frame to a purse to a tablet cover and more… get creative @your library
Love the new pocket guide for sustainability practices at my university! Has quick tips, short to read even for today’s college student :) Great little hand out, giving to classes in the library – especially now that more and more of them are doing projects with sustainability themes!
14th Biennial USAIN Conference
Sustainable Agriculture: Stewardship of Our Information Ecosystem
May 4-7, 2014 * Burlington, Vermont
The conference schedule is here http://usain2014.sched.org/ Early-bird pricing ends Saturday, March 15, 2014. Click Here to Register Check out the pre-conference workshops or local tours, too (like a bird walk and Ben & Jerry’s tour!).
…and a fabulous librarian at U of VT is the conference chair ! I hope other librarian can attend this conference as well.
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development puts out a free newsletter: Sustainable Development in Action. Volume 2, Issue 2 – February 2014 was just released, concentrating on actions from members of Rio+20 (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development). There is a call to “Share your Sustainable Development in Action” for one of their upcoming Newsletter issues.
Also worth checking out is their searchable Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Note: IFLA is involved in the creation of these UN sustainable development goals!