Adopt-a-bottle: Reusing lost & found water bottles!

1017160957I love this initiative happening on campus through our Student Sustainability Initiative’s Adopt-a-Bottle program.   The Purpose: (1) Increase accessibility of drinking tap water on campus; (2) Repurpose unclaimed bottles to avoid waste

Currently, unclaimed water bottles are sent to Surplus where they are cataloged,  held in lost and found for 30 days, and then put up for sale but there is an excess of bottles that are never sold.  The adopt-a-bottle program would take those unclaimed excess water bottles, have them thoroughly sanitized (by Housing and Dining, according to the local Health Department regulations), and make them available to campus students, faculty, and staff for free. The bottles will have a seal/sticker over the top to indicate it has been sanitized and part of the project.  Then, they will be available for people to take if they do not have their own reusable bottle because they cannot afford one, lost one, or just forgot their bottle that day. 

The main location is the library – the heaviest traffic, the largest building, and the only building opened 24/5! 


ODLOS blog Intersections – calls for contributors

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS)is launching Intersections, a new blog that highlights the everyday work of library and information science workers as they advocate for equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy and access among membership, the field of librarianship and the communities they serve. The blog invites submissions from across the library profession featuring:

  • those from historically and disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups;
  • those who experience socioeconomic barriers, people experiencing hunger, homelessness and poverty;
  • immigrants, refugees and new Americans; those discriminated against based on nationality or language;
  • those who are geographically isolated;
  • those experiencing barriers in regards to access to literacy; and new and non-readers.



Last call for papers: World Symposium on Sustainabilty Science…

Join in the conversation at the World Symposium on Sustainability Science: Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals– in Manchester, UK, 5th-7th April 2017 by submitting your abstract by October 15th (deadline has been extended – even though the website doesn’t indicate that). Accepted papers will be published in the publication “Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research”

The United Nations  are celebrating this week the first anniversary of the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, which set-up the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in   “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” — a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, which seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom and shows the need for an integrated handling of the three main dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.




Librarians at AASHE Conference?

If you are going to be at the 2016 AASHE conference this October 9-12 (FYI registration ends 9/22!) in Baltimore, two librarians active in SustainRT will be there and are hosting two eve

Mon, 10/10

Poster Session from 4 – 5:15 PM: Team Up With Your Campus Library for Sustainability Education and Outreach

Includes: Examples of how libraries have been active partners and leaders in campus sustainability initiatives.

Location: Baltimore Convention Center, Hall C


Tue, 10/11

Networking Meeting from 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: Beyond the Library: Librarians Team up With Campus Partners for Sustainability Education and Outreach

Includes:  A wonderful opportunity to share your sustainability work and/or to gain ideas of how to be sustainable within your own campus community! (Feel free to bring your lunch.)

Location: Baltimore Convention Center, 303

FREE Webinar on Green Spaces & Health

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)  is a network of scientists, community members, educators, healthcare providers, public health officials, and policymakers who share the goal of increasing the impact of environmental public health research at the local, regional, and national level. They offer webinar to their partners but anyone is welcome to join in. the next one sounds like it could be useful to librarians!

Title: Green Spaces and Health

Date: September 26, 2016, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT
Registration (required):

There is growing evidence that green spaces such as parks, greenways, and gardens around homes, schools, and workplaces have mental and physical health benefits. These green spaces provide a peaceful place to play, relax, study, or exercise, as well as a social gathering place for friends and community; they also can contribute to improved air quality and reduction of harmful greenhouse gases. Recent studies have shown that higher levels of green vegetation are associated with decreased mortality and that neighborhood greenery decreases aggressive behavior in adolescents. This webinar features discussion about this latest research and what it means for environmental public health.


Jill Johnston, Ph.D.
University of Southern California

Francine Laden, Sc.D.
Harvard University

Recording Available – Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities

You can now hear the 30-minute recording of SustainRT‘s 9/15/16 webinar…

Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities

This was a recap from our panel presentation at ALA 2016. Speakers included:

  • Jodi Shaw, children’s librarian, Brooklyn Public Library
  • Madeleine Charney, sustainability studies librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Mary Beth Lock, director of Access Services, Wake Forest University
  • Ray Pun, first year student success librarian, California State University, FresnoPast webinar recordings are available here: