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):
https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec06512aafa9e6fd4d03360ab9909d167

Description
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.

Speakers

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:
    http://www.ala.org/sustainrt/events-0

4th Graders get FREE National Park Passes

School librarians, public librarians, teachers or parents of 4th graders:  did you know that you can get a FREE national parks pass?  It’s FREE  for current 4th grade students (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of agscreen-shot-2016-09-09-at-9-14-22-ame) with a valid Paper Voucher from the Every Kid in a Park web site.  Get yours and libraries promote this great opportunity!

what a fun way to get outside and appreciate our earth!

ENSULIB at IFLA

Environmental Sustainability for Libraries (ENSULIB) had a very successful and well-attended session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio last week. The group welcomed research from Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and the US, and presenting the IFLA Green Library Award for 2016, which included 30 submissions.  First place went to Pequeño Sol ecological library, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico, for its new crowdfunded and community-constructed building extension that incorporates renewable energies and recycled materials. Read the summary from American Libraries magazine. 

ifla-logoSave the date: ENSULIB will hold a two-day meeting in Berlin August 16-17, 2017. This directly precedes the IFLA conference in Wroclaw, Poland. Follow them on Facebook

The story behind the creation of the Sustainabilty Round Table of ALA

A recent publication in Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy (11 (2)) by Beth Filar Williams (me!)  Madeleine Charney  &  Bonnie Smith called  Growing our vision together: forming a sustainability community within the American Library Association was published online Apr 01, 2016. It tells the back story about how the ALA SustainRT came to be….

Abstract:

As long-standing keepers of democracy and information stewardship, library professionals are a natural fit for advocating and promoting sustainability within their communities. From seed libraries to Occupy Wall Street libraries, their view of sustainability extends beyond environmental concerns to include community activism, economic development, and social equity. Empowering people, facilitating dialogue, and providing resources for a more resilient future are at the center of librarians’ vital and changing roles. These visionary professionals have powered libraries’ work as outspoken advocates with well-founded initiatives. For a long time, however, there was no cohesive sustainability-focused venue for sharing best practices, collaborating, and contributing to the profession. In 2014, after two years of focused research and promotion, the American Library Association (ALA) approved a new group, the Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT). This article describes how library advocates built SustainRT over the years and gained momentum with a pivotal webinar series. Clear signs of SustainRT’s early success are a testimony to the critical need for a sustainability-related Community of Practice (CoP). The article shows how the steps taken to achieve this national group’s standing can serve as a model for fostering dialogue and collaboration (often through virtual means) that allows for wide participation. http://hdl.handle.net/1957/58825 

Zen Pig Books – mindfulness for kids!

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.24.14 AMZen Pig, by Mark and Amy Lynn Brown—  a children’s book series written and illustrated by a husband and wife team from Nashville, TN, designed to nurture the seeds of gratitude, mindfulness and love in young children. Each book sold gives 10 people clean water for 1 year through Mocha Club. A great series for all sustainable librarians to buy!

Visit Www.zenpigbook.com for more info & to shop for the books.

 

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Environmental Sustainability Sessions at IFLA in August!

IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2016  will be held 13-19 August, in Columbus, Ohio, USA with the theme:  Connections. Collaboration. Community.  The programme is available online now.

The Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG) will have an open session which includes an introduction of the IFLA Green Library Award winner and Business meeting along with a few papers,  on Thurs. 8/18 10:45-12:45 (session 215) called “Green Libraries: Together, for All”

Papers:

1. Using Library Information Technologies and Resources to Support Sustainable Projects, Hong Xu (University-Corpus Christi, United States). Paper in English

2. Environmentally Sustainable Library Buildings: opportunities and challenges for Asian countries, Saima Qutab (University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia) Zainab Faruqui Ali (University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia) Farasat Shafi Ullah (University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia). Paper in English.

3. Searching for Sustainability – a blended course in how to search interdisciplinary, Mauritza Jadefrid (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden) Joakim Lennartsson (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden) Christian Kleinheiz (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden) Mats Blomberg (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden). Paper in English.

Also, stop by the IFLA Awards Presentation where the Green Library Award will be presented  in the Expo Pavilion / Tech Lab, Tuesday 8/16 at 12:45pm (session 140)