Sustainable Film Series

Our Sustainability Committee on campus runs a sustainable film series. Several librarians on the committee started this film series and it’s taken off drawing over a hundred attendees at the films last school year.  It’s free for all, students, staff, members of the community and happens about once a month, Thursdays at 6:30.  There is a post-film dialogue with film makers and/or local experts to address how the community can move into a more sustainable future. There are also tables hosted by local groups and companies sponsoring the event, such as coffee shop, co-ops, organization, etc, outside the auditorium (in the beautiful Weatherspoon Art Museum) for folks to gather, socialize, and find out about local sustainable possibilities.  The first film of the year  – the 11th Hour – was shown last night drawing at least 100 people followed by discussion on what each of us are personally doing to be more “green.”

This film series idea could be implemented on other campuses or even public libraries, whether you have a ‘sustainability commitee’ or not!

Upcoming Green Library workshops

Charting the Path to Campus Sustainability (ONLINE LIVE)

Webinar by Environmental Health and Engineering

Whether you’ve already begun your campus sustainability program or you’re just starting, this webinar will provide you with the most up-to-date tools and knowledge necessary to manage a successful campus sustainability program.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern (1 hr presentation, 1/2  Q & A)
COST: $99.00 (for AASHE members its $75) – this is per phone line, not per person
Registration Deadline: 9/16/2008 11:00:00 AM
Register Online


The Greener Library (Live Online)

This two-day online class will discuss current standards and practices for evaluating the environmental impact of existing, expanding or newly planned library facilities, and offer ideas for approaching environmental considerations relating to both physical plant and operating processes.

9/23/08 – 9/24/08
2:00 – 4:00 Eastern
Distance Education
$170 members/$220 non-members
Instructor: David Greenebaum



If you live in the Chicago area….

Going Green @ Your Library: How to Create a More Environmentally Friendly Library Community

Workshop by North Suburban Library System

… simple, easy to implement, cost saving initiatives that can help make your library more eco-friendly. Beth will also look into larger scale projects, such as green building options. During this workshop participants will explore real-life situations as they create workable, detailed plans of action to take back to their libraries. Topics to be covered include recycling, reducing waste, green building, greener cleaning, travel tips, art projects and other fun ideas, and more

9 -12pm
NSLS Auditorium (directions)
Cost $60
Instructor: Beth Filar Williams


Going Green @ Your Library: How to Create a More Environmentally Friendly Library Community

Workshop by Metropolitan Library System

9:30 -12:30pm
Burr Ridge, IL (directions)
Cost $45
Instructor: Beth Filar Williams

Green Computing Resources for Schools

eSchool News has a great Web page on green computing. Its a compiled list of resources that are eco-friendly – more than just good for the environment but also saving energy and thus money for schools.  This page includes recent news items such as School leaders get advice on ‘green’ computing and New publication offers energy-efficiency guidance for K-12 schools, as well as links to Web sites such as Energy Smart Schools and The Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Schools Project The Web site also features Earth Walk, Eco-Friendly Technology Solutions for e-Learning Environments, which can help you discover equipment and technology solutions that are more resource efficient, without sacrificing performance.

Latest AASHE Bulletin

Higher Education sustainability news pulled directly from the latest AASHE bulletin. AASHE is the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education who will be having their biannual conference in Raleigh, NC Nov 9-11, 2008.

1. Benedictine U to Celebrate 3 Years for the Environment
2. CU Boulder Launches Zero-Waste Program for Football Games
3. Colorado State U Pueblo to Install Solar Array
4. Kennesaw State U Appoints Director of Sustainability
5. U Southern Mississippi Hires Sustainability Officer
6. Dickinson College Hires Sustainability Director
7. Drew U Hires First Sustainability Coordinator
8. 17 Schools Selected to Participate in EcoCAR Competition
9. UC San Diego Increases Green Curriculum
10. Rockhurst U Purchases Green Computers
11. Syracuse U Develops Carpooling Incentives
12. Michigan Tech Launches Ride Share Program
13. 13 New Campuses Sign Presidents’ Climate Commitment
14. Pacific U Building Receives LEED Gold
15. Harford Community College Building Receives LEED Silver
16. The College of St. Joseph Installs Green Roof
17. Duke U Med Center Installs Green Roof
18. U Portland Renovates Outdoor Plaza With Recycled Materials
19. Georgian College to Build Sustainable Technologies Centre
20. UNC Wilmington Installs LEDs
21. Boise State Named Best Workplace for Commuters
22. California Campuses Receive Sustainability Awards
23. Central College Receives Community Recycling Funding
24. Brevard CC Receives Recycling Award

Green Events this Fall

FREE Events in various cities:

GreenFest Philly
WHERE: 2nd & South Streets
WHEN: September 7th, 11am to 6pm

Colorado Springs Green Fair
WHERE: City Auditorium, 221 E Kiowa St
WHEN: September 16, 7am to 2pm

Boston Greenfest 2008
WHERE: City Hall Plaza
WHEN: September 26-27

Green Festival Washington DC
WHERE: Washington D.C. Convention Center
WHEN: November 8 & 9

Green Festival San Francisco
WHEN: November 14-16
WHERE: San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center

Other events/exhibits that cost:

National Building Museum (DC)
(see also Greenstrides post on exhibits)

Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago)

Boston Children’s Museum (new green museum!)

The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA)

Green Computing and Higher Education Web Cast

Since 2001, Ready2Net (from CSU Monterey Bay) offers TV broadcasts, podcasts, and streamed webcasts programs relating to the Internet evolution and technologies for higher education. Anyone can watch these for FREE. One currently available is called Green Computing and Higher Education, the 3 R’s, which discusses ways to conserve energy and to promote more sustainable solutions in labs and data centers (60 mins). You have to register so they keep track of web casts participation but they are free to view whenver you wish either in Quicktime or Windows Media Stream.

More Students Switching to Bikes

Whether to save money on gas or be more environmentally friendly, many students in high school and college are moving toward using bikes instead of cars. Many schools are moving toward initiatives to encourage this bike movement. Examples: Ripon College (WI) is offering first year students FREE mountatin bikes, helmet and lock if they sign a pledge not to bring a car to campus for the entire school year.   Emory University has a complete Web site called Bike Emory listing events, a cyclopedia, bike resources, maps, etc. but best of all Emery offers several on campus bike repair shops, deep discounts on bike purchases, and a bike share program for all eligible students/staff to bike around campus free! Colleges in other states such as Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Maine and Pennsylvania are now offering bike-loan programs.

For librarians: if your college (or high school) does not have such initiatives think about getting involved to make it happen;  if they do, try to get involved to show the library’s support; make sure you have a bike rack outside the library; encourage your own staff and students to participate (incentives?);  try a display of bike related resources in the library; highlight your e-resources which students can access remotely, w/o having to drive or bike to campus as all. I’m sure there are lots of other ideas – please suggest/comment!

Upgrade Your iPod w/o Guilt?

If you know you will be upgrading computer/electronic equipment in the next year or two, but you know you are just adding to the growing hazardous electronic waste, check out TechForward. It’s a company that sells you a guaranteed buy back deal at the point of sale for you new device (iPod, computer, DVD, TV, etc). So for example, for about $60 the new MacBook Pro you are buying today can be traded in to TechForward in a year/18months for about $420. TechFoward will supply you a box and free shipping to send it back, and they either resell or recycle the device.  CNET has an article with more details on this young company’s venture capitalist business.