Are you a green library?

Monika Antonellis Green Libraries Web site –   http://www.greenlibraries.org – has been redesigned and she is updating the directory.If you are a green library and are not included in the directory please send her the information and a short write-up in the following format: Name of library (URL). City, State Abbreviation. Description highlights. LEED status. If available, the building information URL. Send  info to monika.antonelli [at] mnsu.edu

Another GREEN Colorado Library

The  Rangeview Library District’s new branch library -  Anythink Brighton – is the first carbon-positive library in the United States. With solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and a gift of carbon-offset credits, the library will save $30,000 a year in energy costs and offset 167,620 pounds of carbon dioxide which is 16% more than it is anticipated to use annually. .. Read more online at  the American Libraries Magazine.

2nd Library to go LEED platinum!

COLORADO (one of my favorite states :)  now boasts the 2nd Platinum LEED certified  library in the US  for the  Council Tree Library of the Poudre River Public Library District in Fort Collins.  LEED certification is granted by the US Green Building Council - 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders -  which provides third-party verification that a building  was designed and built green; i.e. granting points in areas of energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.  More points the higher the level earned (from certified, gold, silver to platinum as the highest level) The Council Tree Library received high marks in energy, lighting, water, and material efficiency and cite these statistics:

  • 26% lighting energy savings
  • 55% water savings
  • 92% construction waste recycled
  • 85% certified sustainable wood products
  • 21% overall recycled content in materials
  • 97% Energy Star equipment
  • use of natural light

Read more in the LJ article or visit them online (or better yet if you live in Colorado go and visit in person!)

green footstep

Building a new library soon? check out this cool site from Rocky Mountain Institute called Green Footstep.  It’s an online assessment calculator that guides you through creating a more carbon neutral, low energy building whether it’s a new building or retrofitting. Answer some questions regarding where the building is located, the ecosystem and building characteristic and you will get a report as a result.  There is a helpful FAQ section and some case study to peruse. http://www.greenfootstep.org/

Green Library Presentation

I was thrilled to present a workshop on Creating a Green Environment @ your library for the Southwest Workshop Days last thursday and friday in Durango, CO (a place I use  to live and work!) My slides, links and resources are on my wiki.  The workshop was held at the new Durango Public Library – a LEED gold certified library! There were attendees from other libraries in colorado planning to build or recently built green buildings  such as Mancos Public Library (LEED certified) Naturita Public Library (1st strawbale library in colorado) and Gunnison County library District (hoping to build green!) Here are more LEED certified buildings in Colorado.