High School Librarians, let your students know about a chance to attend the Weather Channel’s Forcast Earth Summit in Washington DC December 5-7, 2008. Apply by October 19 using the online form, which includes submitting an essay describing the your love for the Planet and waht you are doing to keep it clean and green. Review the rules and details or visit last year’s summit site. Only 20 students will be selected to attend the summitt which inlcudes hands-on activities, speakers, and discussions, and the chance to create individual public service announcements (PSA) that will air on The Weather Channel network.
Eco Friendly Books July 26, 2008
Greening of Information Technology Podcast Available July 23, 2008
For those academic librarians, if you missed this keynote address from the EDUCAUSE 2008 Enterprise Conference at the end of May, you can listen to the podcast by EDUCAUSE President and CEO, Diana Oblinger. The slides are also available to follow along while listening to the 55minute podcast. Abstract: The environment is the largest enterprise system of all, and one that is impacted by information technology. As “green” initiatives and sustainability become a greater part of our consciousness, “green computing” will receive increasing focus in higher education. This presentation will explore sustainability, energy use, and “reduce, reuse, and recycle” programs.
Book Suggestions July 15, 2008
Some books to consider adding to your library collection from Real Climate: Climate Science from Climate Scientists (“a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists”)
Certified Green Building Products Search July 11, 2008
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a third-party provider of certification, auditing and testing services, and standards, offers a searchable database of SCS certified products – “an online directory of green building products.” You can choose a product category like flooring, furniture, garden, textile, etc., then choose more specific parameters according to your main selection. You can also search by certification type such as non formaldehyde, reclaimable products, biodegradable, etc. You can also search by brand name or product registration number. There is also a link at the bottom of the page to a PDF file listing all FSC-certified wood products as well.