Ever tuned 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)
Exciting 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!
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.
Check out this video – Recycling a bottle, flash mob style
So this post is not directly related to libraries but I had to share this video on “biking anecdotes from Amsterdam” Amazing that the people in the community there created this culture themselves and how it is so ingrained in their lifestyle it seems normal to them. How can libraries help create a more powerful bike culture in the US?
Bicycle Anecdotes from Amsterdam from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.
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.