At the recent ALA Annual Conference the Top Innovators were announced by the Urban Libraries Council including one noted for sustainability. The Greensboro Public Library (NC) Kathleen Clay Edward Library is stated to be the first library to be an Environmental Education Center (according to the article in Library Journal). This library branch sits on 98-acre Price Park and includes a bird and butterfly meadow, reading garden, walking trails, ponds, and wetlands and offers extensive collection of nature, gardening, and environmental resources for children and adults. Though their web site is poor the library and area are beautiful, and if you are ever in the Greensboro area, check it out or Like them on Facebook!
Greening your birthday celebrations June 9, 2011
The Nature Conservancy offers a Green Birthday Party Kit covering:
- Green Food – such as eating local, eating vegetarian, and best grilling options.
- Green Drinks – such as buy local, beer in bottles (recyclable) from cooler not fridge, pitchers of lemonade not individual packages.
- Green Lawn& Garden – such as push mower, garden (for your veggies to eat at the party!), and native plants.
- Green Furniture – such as buying local and used (from yard sales) extra lawn furniture or try recycled/renewable material furniture.
- Green Decorations & Supplies – such as reusing decorations, try fresh flowers you grew, use only reusable/washable supplies, eco-friendly insect repellents
The Green Teacher magazine June 1, 2011
Green Teacher is a magazine who’s goal is to help youth (ages 6-18 yrs) educators enhance environmental and global education inside and outside of schools, including practical articles and resource reviews. This quarterly magazine is the primary publication of the non-profit organization based in Toronto with a small staff of hard-working people – read more about the history of the Green Teacher. The Green Teacher offers a lot of online resources and publish other worthwhile books, too but the yearly subscription (depends on your county) for the US is $32 print and $26 for digital (go digital!). The Green Teacher also offers free online webinars!
There is a current Call for Proposals for a special guest issue on Poverty and Environmental Education issue of GreenTeacher due on or before June 30, 2011 to Sheila Giesbrecht Guest Editor. Check out the writer & reviewer guidelines and they are looking for regional editors too.