ALA members – want to help with greening the conferences?

SustainabilityRoundTable

 

 

Join SustainRT project group to explore at how ALA works and how we could assist with implementing more sustainable practices including “greener” conferences.  Much of this work can be done virtually and you do not have to be a regular ALA conference goer to participate –  more ideas the better to determine possibilities!

Here is the info >>>

ALA Governance Tag Team

Reaches out to ALA administration and leadership better understand “how ALA works” and identify pressure points on which we can focus. This group also explores how to help “green the conference.” 

Contact: Beth (filarwilliams [at] gmail .com]

Call for Abstracts: Sustainability and the Library!

A special issue of Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy  – An open access journal for sustainable solutions (ISSN:1548-7733) invites contributions that integrate science, practice, and policy in original research, case studies, and policy analysis. Submissions should address social, economic, political, and biological/environmental interactions relevant to sustainability problems. The work should be grounded in specific research and be presented in language that is understandable across disciplines.

Call for Abstracts Deadline: May 1, 2015
submit via email to Dr. Maurie Cohen mcohen@njit.edu 
Review decisions by: October 31, 2015
Publication: Spring 2016

This special issue aims both to review how the LIS community has to date sought to advance sustainability and to chart a course for the next generation of effort. We are looking to identify contributions that bring forth new and innovative solutions and/or challenges focusing on issues such as:

  • Assessing the strategic role of library and information science in environmental protection, social equity, and economic development
  • Identifying the ways in which information research and information practices link to sustainability through, for example, access to information, intellectual freedom, literacy
  • Designing sustainable information
  • Greening the library
  • Measuring the environmental impact of different resources that libraries provide
  • Making sustainable decisions that help to positively address climate change and respect natural resources
  • Creating healthy indoor and outdoor environments through sustainable building practices
  • Motivating libraries/librarians to be change leaders
  • Evaluating the role of libraries in pursuing local sustainability through programs and services for public education and local policy/government

Download flyer (pdf) for complete information

More here: http://sspp.proquest.com/about/special.html

Resolution on the importance of sustainable libraries!

SustainRT plans to introduce a resolution at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco that will raise the profile of the role libraries can play in fostering sustainable, resilient and regenerative communities. By leveraging the national stage that is ALA Annual we have an opportunity to help broaden our message amongst the membership and therefore to libraries across the world.

We see this as an excellent entry point to introduce ourselves, our mission and to create a larger coalition working on optimizing our library buildings, services and outreach efforts with a sustainable lens.

Our draft resolution is modeled on the New York Library Association’s resolution (found here: http://www.nyla.org/max/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=1031&MenuKey=news)  which was passed by NYLA Council in February 2014.

To that end we are soliciting input on the draft resolution, viewable here: http://bit.ly/1AFfBsa

Please send comments to Rebekkah: rsmith@midhudson.org by APRIL 10, 2015

2015 NWF EcoLeader Graduate Student Research Fellowships

Are you an LIS grad student interested in sustainability? This might be a possibility for you:

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NWF is seeking graduate students in the U.S. to conduct and test market research and business planning and assist with content development for the new NWF EcoLeaders online community. There will be two track options for the Fellowship, Market Research and Content Development.”  More…  (due Feb 25)

Recyclemania on Campus

recyclemania-logoRecyclemania is a competition between universities in the winter for the largest amount of recyclables per capita, largest amount of total recyclables and highest recycling rate (percent of the waste stream that is recycled). The school’s campus recycling usually weighs and measures all trash, recycling, and compost from on campus and reports it weekly during the competition. In 2015 its from  February 1 – March 28. Often campuses will have a dorm or hall competition as well.

My university is competing against their rival and it’s neck and neck right now, they call it a RecycleMania Civil War, with the winner receiving the trophy made of recycled materials each year:

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Of course its easier to be at a school and town that recycles almost everything!

Climate Voices: Webinar on Future of Global Climate Policy TOMORROW

Climate Voices is hosting this webinar:
February 4, 2015, 12:00–1:00 p.m. EST (more events here)

Dr. Rachel Cleetus, the lead climate economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists will lead this webinar, focused on where the world left off in the recent global climate talks in Lima, Peru. She will offer viewpoints on the United States climate and energy policy landscape, opportunities and challenges ahead, and rethinking how we cope with the growing risks and costs of climate change. Dr. Cleetus will speak about policy in the United States at the regional, state, and national levels, including EPA standards, carbon pricing, clean energy policies, and policies that help build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and how we can prepare for the upcoming climate talks in Paris.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3981449614551465730/

 

More about Climate Voices…

Their goal to engage in non-partisan conversations about the research findings of the majority of climate scientists to citizens across the United States and Puerto Rico. By connecting with neighbors and community organizations they aim to  initiate discussions about the local effects of a changing climate and possible ways to address impacts. They have a great MAP to help you find a local speaker. Be sure to check their RESOURCES tab for some useful talking points, reports, guides, videos and more!

Does your campus use STARS to document its sustainability progress?

Passing on this important message from the SustainRT list for those in academic libraries, from Madeleine, Coordinator Elect, SustainRT

This is an opportunity (or an awareness exercise) !

Does your campus use STARS to document its sustainability progress?

Not sure? Then check THIS LINK and see if your institution is listed.

1) If your campus has completed the version 2.0 report (most recent), take a look at section A-10 Support for Research.

Three questions at the end focus on the library’s contributions to sustainability research/learning.

a- Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?
b- A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research and learning
c- The website URL where information about the institution’s library support for sustainability is available

What was filled out in these fields?

2) If your campus is still using version 1.2, a great opportunity awaits your library — to shine as a contributor to this forward momentum! Might you play a role in providing information for version 2.0?

Finally, this new library category is a reminder of why it’s important for library people to be involved with AASHE, the organization that oversees STARS.