On the ALA Tech Source Blog Tom Peters blogs an interview with Victoria Petersen, Technology Manager of the Mancos Public Library in southwest Colorado (and one of my favorite small public libraries!) about the details of green building. (A side note here: Tom and Victoria connected while working together to build Emerald City, an island in Second Life devoted to helping libraries and library-related organizations to become more environmentally friendly!) Two southwest Colorado libraries, Mancos Public along with Durango Public library are both building green libraries. The Durango Public Library’s new green building will open on December 1st. Mancos Public Library’s building is still under construction. Check out this interview for ins and outs of green building.
New Green Schools November 5, 2008
The non-profit group Global Green and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) have started a pilot project initiative to create green schools which serve low income children in the Los Angeles area. Two schools have been complete and 3 more are in the works. Global Green is also pushing the initiative for greener schools in New Orleans. Their goal is to create healthier classrooms and more energy efficient schools. This will not only protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions but improve student performance and save money for school districts. Read more about their green urbanism program.
House Passed the Green School Bill June 9, 2008
Did you hear about the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act (Bill- HR 3021) passed by the House (250-164) last week with a goal at making schools greener? The bill has to go before the senate and has the threat of a veto from the White House, who say it’s wrong to launch a costly new school building program. Arguments from supports say this greener school buildings bill will save school districts billions in energy costs while also reducing health problems (such as asthma) for students and staff. What do you think about this bill? If you are in school librarian and want this bill supported think about contacting your local senator. To find out more about the bill visit: http://thomas.loc.gov/
For more info on building green schools check out this Web site: http://www.buildgreenschools.org/
Green Building Event (Houston, TX) March 24, 2008
April 3-6, 2008: Houston Green Expo at Reliant Park invites more than its typical design and construction professionals this year as it will focus on green building, sustainable land use, global warming issues, energy efficiency, and green vehicles. April 5-6 Expo Days are FREE to general public featuring the latest in green building products and related services. There is even a free GreenRide ride-share program.