You can search by name or topic. On the main page is a listing (w/ photos) of features speakers. There are other great resources too such as green event planning, green lodging, green transportation, green food, greening your travel etc.
Earth Hour Tomorrow 3/28 March 27, 2009
Tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 8:30 pm on whatever is your local time join millions of others for Earth Hour.
World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions. Already over 2000 cities in82 countries have agreed to take part, state capital domes will turn off their lights, and even Hollywood is joining in as American Idol, Bones, and Family Guy shows will go dark for earth hour. Find out if your city is participating.
Prepare for Earth Day! March 24, 2009
Earth day is coming! Start thinking about what your library can do for Earth Day if you haven’t already. Check out the Earth Day Network site for ideas including an organizers guide, earth day in a box, earth day on campus, etc. Be sure to register your event or find other events in your areas on the Earth Day 2009 site. The Nature Conservancy also has some ideas like tree planting and online community to connect with others. Environlink offers some suggestions like pledges and city proclamations. For school librarians, teachers.net and education world have some earth day activities and lesson plans. Wikihow has a concise list of ideas from picking up litter to making bird houses.
Insiders Guide to Greening I.T. Free E-book March 16, 2009
Great handout with various articles called Insider’s Guide to Greening I.T (PDF) – a collection of stories, blog posts, and practical advice for employees from high-level to grassroots who want to start green initiatives within their organizations. Here is the TOC:
- Time To Stop The Greenwashing By Glen Barry with www.ecoearth.info
- Steps In Getting The Workplace Green & Saving Money By Michael Cassisi www.itcostsolutions.com/
- Online Conversations With Sustainable Cities By Ferne Edwards www.sustainablemelbourne.com
- “Greening” Employee Get-Togethers by Jennifer Mattern bizammo.com/green-business/
- Hidden Vampires Go Green By Paul Muller caffination.com/
- 6 Ways To Convince Someone To Go Green By Max Norman, of AsktheKid.org
- We Are Frogs In Boiling Cold Water By Simon Tay, of sgenergycrisis.blogspot.com
- Could Greenwashing Be Beneficial? By Marc Thibault, of green-age.org
Green Publishing Webcast Summary March 11, 2009
(Article from Publishers Weekly) In late February a webcast sponsored by Green Press Initiative, Webcom and PW called Successful Green Publishing was held with over 250 publishers in attendance. The webcast consisted of a panel of various publishers with an overview of the industry and discussing issues like setting goals for where the industry can go, how to determine saving by printing on recycled paper, and importance of having eco type book labels on books to explain to the public a publisher’s commitment to the environment. One main issue that came up was cost - it costs 15% – 25% more per book to print on recycled paper (but The Green Book was mentioned – the first 100% recycled book Crown published in 2006 which became a bestseller, selling more than 200,000 copies.) Another issue was finding FSC-certified printers and paper overseas and whether they should focus on printing (at a higher price) in the US. Another issue was printing in general and how the industry might be able to cut back.
You will still have to register but you can listen to the archived session for FREE.
Also, you might want to check out a post I did last fall of a summary of the US Book Industry Trends & Findings.
E-textbooks on campus? March 9, 2009
One college is testing out the idea of e-textbooks for their courses. At Northwest Missouri State a pilot program of students are issued laptops and then download textbooks for their classes. Not only are they saving paper but they are saying money – the costs of college textbooks can be hundreds of dollars each semester. Half the students still wish they had real, not electronic textbooks though, showing the move to all electronic might take awhile for even millennials. Listen to this NPR podcast or read this Inside Higher Ed article about this “paper cut.”
Greening Seattle for ACRL March 2, 2009
Heading to ACRL later this month? Have you heard about the plans to make this 14th ACRL Conference greener? Listen to this podcast as Virtual Conference Committee Co-Chair Scott Walter and Green Conference Planning Committee members Juliet Kerico and Karen Munro discuss environmentally sustainable practices for this Seattle conference such as the ACRL 2009 Green Pledge , eco-friendly hotel practices, and Invited Green Speaker Robin Chase. (Dont forget you can also virtually attend ACRL this year.)
PS: An interesting post worth reading along with the many comments of how green ACRL conference give aways really were!