Contribute to the NEW SustainRT Blog!

SustainabilityRoundTableMembers of SustainRT are invited to contribute suggestions or content for the SustainRT blog by emailing SustainRTblog at  Blog post submissions should be 500-1000 words in length and should be on a topic related to sustainability in libraries.  Please include a short biography (100-250 words), including your credentials, if you are submitting content for the blog.

Submitting a suggestion, or content, does not guarantee publication. SustainRT reserves the right to review submissions to determine if they are appropriate for publication on the blog. Please send blog submissions to

Book-to-Action Toolkit? Learn more in Thursday’s FREE webinar!

Libraries often have book clubs, right? but what happens when you leave the book club event … anything? How about this concept of Book-to-Action:  that book you read, that idea that inspired you or cause that calls your name, how about putting it into action by engaging in a community service project related to the book’s topic!  If you want to learn more about this idea, then join this FREE SustainRT Webinar –  Collaborating for sustainability: community and publisher partnerships and the book to action program –  Thursday, February 4, 2016, 12:15 – 12:45 pm (EST) –  REGISTER NOW!

Webinar Overview:  Local community organizations and publishers can be valuable partners for libraries in creating sustainability-oriented programming. Join us on February 4 for this free SustainRT webinar to learn as Sally Thomas and Michael Weaver describe Book-to-Action programs which extend the idea of a book discussion by not only scheduling an author/speaker, but also partnering with a public service organization for a volunteer day or other community service opportunity. For more information, see the Book-to-Action Toolkit

IT Energy Savings for Libraries Webinar: recording, slides and notes

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 8.50.06 AMIf you missed the SustainRT  webinar on Thursday, December 17, 2015  –  IT Energy Savings for Libraries: Identifying and Understanding Opportunities to Reduce Costs”  with special guest, Mike Walker from EPA’s Energy Star program, you are in luck! The video RECORDING, Mike’s powerpoint  SLIDES and CHAT QUESTIONS he answered after the fact (since we ran out of time) are all available!  Very useful information to apply in your library, and Mike is open to doing other webinars for ALA or library consortiums, regional libraries, etc. (His contact info is on the slides and in the chat question answers document)

New Year, New Start

So much sustainable/environment/green movements, education and sharing of knowledge has happened in the library arena since I began this blog over 7 years ago. I began this blog to both personally collect and share ideas, practices, tools, and techniques relating to creating more sustainable (often focusing on the environmental aspect)  libraries and the communities they serve. Now we have a abundance of options to share and learn and build sustainable libraries including hundreds of books, articles, films,  presentations, webinars, blogs, a resolution on sustainable libraries and even a round table in ALA.   I’m not ready to quit this blog yet though, but I will try to post on a more routine basis. More –  and a variety of more voices –  still need to be heard, more information open and accessible, with more opportunities for education  to build sustainable communities. I will post a few times a month, most likely on important initiatives, case study examples of interesting sustainable ideas as well as links to webinars and resources freely available.

For this post, think about one thing in 2016 to do/learn/share that is in support of building sustainable libraries (read a book, share a skill, volunteer your time, or … maybe run for ALA SustainRT office??)