Lost in the Stacks – Sustainabilty themed radio show episodes!

Ever Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 1.24.37 PMtuned in to the “The one and only Research Library Rock’n’Roll show” Lost in the Stacks? Ameet and Charlie from the Georgia Tech Library pick a theme and free-associate an hour of music, interviews, and library talk every Friday for lunch 12-1pm (eastern). Their recent episodes have been on sustainability in libraries:

Episode 274 Oct 2 2015 “sustainability in libraries”

Episode 273 Sept 25, 2015 “respect des fonds, respect des planet”(aka ProjectARCC)


Eco2Go food containers!

eco2go_sticeker_square-3Exciting new sustainable initiative at my university this fall: Eco2GO  They hope to save over 600,000 disposable containers from reaching the landfill each year!

1) Order food to go at all participating campus food locations

2) Receive food in these bright orange containers

3) Eat, empty/rinse and drop off at various locations around campus –  dining halls, dorm areas, drop off locations like a book drop…  we hope to have a drop off in the library soon!



NW ecoliteracy collaborative

A push in Oregon to create and promote ecoliteracy in schools is happening! With Senate Bill 439 which directs Oregon State University Extensions to develop standards and curriculum for outdoor educators  – and – the nationwide effort called No Child Left Inside, this collaborative would work with communities (charrette-style) though workshops. The goals is to develop place-based projects specific to their desires for their children’s education.  How can libraries get involved?  Read more here.

are the “green” practices of your library on your website?

Saw a tweet and learned about the Queen’s University (Ontario Canada) Library posts their Greening the Library information under About on the website. They share their environmentally conscious practices such as recycling and reducing electricity; they share ways users can “stay green and clean” in the library; and call out their partnerships on campus. I’m sure many other academic libraries are doing similar things but its not that often these types of library state these policies on their website. Its smart to advertise your practices and might also be enticing for people interesting in working there as well.

Library Journal editorial on ALA’s Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries

A Win for Sustainability: ALA’s resolution is an important start | Editorial!

Read this Library Journal editorial and review the resolution, passed in June by the American Library Association, which was brought to council by the (new) Sustainability Round Table.  Share with your colleagues and community, start thinking about ways to implement and transform.

And if you are not a member of SustainRT PLEASE JOIN for only $10 a year!SustainabilityRoundTable