#YouthStepUp Climate Contest

downloadAn opportunity to share with any young people! do they have bold and creative ideas to fight climate change? Do they want to participate in the upcoming Global Climate Action Summit and challenge the status quo?  Tell them to apply for the #YouthStepUp Climate Contest   This contest, organized by Our Climate, invites young people from across the United States to submit their ideas for bold solutions to combat climate change via a creative project and essay. Winners will receive prizes of up to $5,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to attend the summit in San Francisco on September 12-14, 2018. The goal of the contest is to engage young people from across the U.S. in international climate discussions, and accelerate even greater levels of youth action on climate solutions.

Submissions are due August 3.

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Submit a Session or Poster to the NCSE 2019 Annual Conference, January 8-9

The National Council for Science and the Environment is now accepting proposals for sessions and posters for the 2019 Annual Conference, January 8-9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. This is an opportunity to share your research and experiences with colleagues who are actively working in the fields of sustainability, resilience, and education.
NCSE seeks sessions and posters that reinforce this year’s conference theme of Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience. Our planet is facing challenges such as extreme weather, growing urbanization, and resource scarcity. Cities and ecosystems are more vulnerable than ever, triggering an urgent call for a sustainable, healthy, and just world. More recently, the concept of resilience has become integrated into our thinking. This year’s conference will explore the challenges and opportunities emerging at the intersection of natural, built, cyber, and social infrastructure as well as best practices. We will also look at community resilience and discuss how to apply best practices to all communities.
Submission Deadline: August 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET.

ALA Annual: SustainRT events!

All on SUNDAY June 24, 2018
http://www.ala.org/rt/sustainrt/

8:30am – 10am
The Rising Tide: How Libraries Sustain a Planet in Crisis 

Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 278

Libraries and librarians can (and do) play a pivotal role in helping vulnerable communities build the physical, social, economic, and emotional resources and skills necessary to endure and thrive in the face of catastrophic climate, social, and economic disruptions. Librarian who work in a community/area especially prone to catastrophic weather events like flood, fire, drought, etc. respond to crisis by assisting their communities to recover. Please come hear the first-hand insights of two librarians, one public, one academic, on enlisting or providing support for their communities impacted by the disruption wrought after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005. Speakers:  Marylyn Haddican, Library Director, Jefferson Parish  and Andy Corrigan Associate Dean of Libraries, Tulane University  This event is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).


10:30am – 11:30am
SUSTAINRT: Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership Meeting 
Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 210

All interested please attend!


2:30pm-3:30pm 
SUSTAINRT: Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership Meeting 
Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 210

Join the Sustainability Round Table for a brief introduction to SustainRT, followed by micro-presentations by members on projects they are working on (or have worked on) related to sustainability in their libraries. Topics include managing donations to libraries in developing nations, planning environmentally-themed film screenings, finding practical ways to make more efficient use of resources and decrease waste, developing partnerships for campus sustainability, and re-purposing conference swag into sustainable library activities.  Speakers:

Uta Hussong-Christian, Science Librarian, Oregon State University

  • Uta will share her library’s “Party Pack” box (inspired by Green Girl in our town) and durable bag checkout (to keep books dry) as a way to use unwanted conference or other swag and then facilitate table brainstorm about other unusual but interesting sustainable activities.

Gayatri Singh, Reference & Information Services Coordinator, UC San Diego Library

  • Gayatri will discuss the campus’ sustainability initiatives and efforts, and created a Library Sustainability Committee on the UC San Diego Campus.  The charge of the group included developing comprehensive strategies and institutional practices that promote sustainability, including measures to make more efficient use of resources, conserve, and to decrease waste. Discussion will highlight the work we’re doing (events, policies, etc.).  Learn how attendees can implement and/or evaluate similar sustainability initiatives at their institutions, and share what is happening at otherinstitutions.

Rebecca L. Miller, Library Consultant, BiblioDev, LLC

  • Rebecca will lead a discussion on managing donations to libraries in developing nations and more specifically, how to get the donations to the country.  Paying for shipping is not “sexy” and people don’t like to contribute to it, but it’s critical!  This is one of the biggest issues I’ve encountered when working overseas.

Susan Conlon, Head of Youth Services, Princeton Public Library

  • Susan will conduct a mini-presentation on top documentary films with environmental themes that are available for screenings in libraries. It will include a set of slides with each film and discussion/brainstorming with the group.

Amy Brunvand, Librarian, University of Utah Sustainability Office

  • Amy will lead a brief discussion on a recent AASHE presentation on Academic Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities, which includes a quick overview of academic libraries as partners for campus sustainability.

 

 

free AASHE webinars in June

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) online events are usually held on Wednesdays, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET and are free for everyone. Video recordings and presentation materials are available for AASHE members in the webinar archive at any time. Check the 2018 calendar and signup now for a webinar of interest!

 

The Decolonization of Curriculum for a Sustainable Future

June 6  3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

This webinar introduces ways to include other cultural perspectives in course content in support of a more inclusive and sustainable future.

 

Making your Campus a Bee Campus USA Affiliate

June 20  3:00 – 4:30 pm ET

If you want to make your campus more PC (pollinator conscious), the Bee Campus USA webinar will explain how to join the national movement.

 

The Nitrogen Footprint Tool for Universities

June 27  3:00 – 4:30 pm ET

This webinar will present the campus nitrogen footprint model and discuss the process of calculating a campus nitrogen footprint in the new SIMAP tool.

 

In addition to webinars, there are still spots for the following workshops. Anyone is welcome to attend. Check them out and register for one today!

 

Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop
June 20 – June 22, North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, MN – Registration deadline June 8!
This workshop is for faculty, students, administrators and staff of all disciplines, as well as community organizers and city officials and planners, who wish to interconnect and integrate sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion into their campus, curriculum and departments. For more information and to register please visit: http://www.aashe.org/calendar/diversity-equity-inclusion-workshop-2018/

 

Leading Deep Change in Higher Education Workshop
July 19 – July 20, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – Registration deadline June 15!
This leadership development program is designed to enable practitioners to generate deep organizational change and establish sustainability as a strategic priority.

For more information and to register please visit: http://www.aashe.org/calendar/refocus-workshop-2018/

CFP: Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene

The  Journal of Critical Library and Information Science’s special issue on Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene. The guest editors are interested in a wide variety of submissions on questions of librarians and archivists’ responses to climate change and related concerns. JCLIS welcomes the following types of submissions:

• Research Articles (no more than 7,000 words)

• Perspective Essays (no more than 5,000 words)

• Literature Reviews (no more than 7,000 words)

• Interviews (no more than 5,000 words)

• Book or Exhibition Reviews (no more than 1,200 words)

Research articles and literature reviews are subject to peer review by two
referees. Perspective essays are subject to peer review by one referee.
Interviews and book or exhibition reviews are subject to review by the issue
editor(s).  More information here:   http://libraryjuicepress.com/journals/index.php/jclis/announcement/view/5

Online Forums in April for ALA Special Task Force on Sustainability

In 2016-2017, the ALA Executive Board appointed a Special Task Force on Sustainability, charged with developing a white paper and recommendations for the ALA Executive Board, with the intent of increasing the adoption and implementation of sustainable practices by the Association, the profession, libraries and the communities they serve. In their Midwinter 2018 report to the ALA Executive Board, the Task Force co-chairs noted they have focused on two questions to create a vision for the future and action:

  1. What does it look like if libraries are successful in helping create sustainable, resilient, regenerative communities?

  2. What needs to happen, that is not already happening, to support the Association, profession and libraries realize this vision?

They now seeks broad input from the ALA community and will be holding a series of online forums, facilitated by a Task Force member with guiding questions but open discussion, targeting certain populations and capped  (at 100), with a general forum for those who have not had an opportunity to contribute. The four sessions are all at the following times:  11:00am-Noon Pacific /2:00-3:00pm Eastern time.

SIGN UP NOW – REGISTRATION LINKS:

 

(from ALA news)