NPR: How Green Is it?

If you missed NPR’s All Things Considered in August you can still read and listen to the program on their Web site. They did a series on what  Americans are doing and buying to help the environment and analyzed how green these things really are. The series included:  green cars, bring your own bags, green electricity, replacement window, energy star and bamboo.

Energy 101

Where do you get your energy? You hear the terms off-grid, smart-grid and renewable, but what does it all mean.  Most of us are connected to a power grid that gets its energy from coal, nuclear, or hydroelectric dams.  But as companies are realizing the effects of carbon emissions on the world they are looking at more sustainable and renewable technologies like wind and solar power.  The problem with renewable sources is they are intermittent and thus smart grids can come into play.  Read more at or the  US Dept of Energy (and opportunities through the Recovery Act)

Find out more about how your library’s power is generated – how clean is the electricity you use? Use this EPA tool which graphs via your zip code, your fuel mix and air emissions and compares it to the national average.


This EPA  eCycling page offers some information on  recycling of electronic products like computers, tvs, cell phones, etc.  There is some general information on reusing, recycling and buying green for electronics.You can search via a map for regional and State electronics recycling programs. There is a good list of organization if you are looking to donate or recycle your computer. They also offer some interesting statistics on end of life electronics if you are curious. The Regulations page dives into legislation and mandates on used electronics. Over all is a very useful online information resource for your library or your patrons.

Greening of the Campus Conference

Hosted by AASHE and Ball State University the VIII Greening of the Campus Conference and Expo will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sept 20-23, 2009. It will include keynotes, sessions,workshops, products & services, demos, food, bookstore/book signings, etc – check out the schedule. The Registration deadline is sept 14 (no on site registration available)A limited number of reduced-fee student registrations are still available ( contact Peggy Weis at

Trying to get people to go green: think $

A good article on Green Consumer Myths from BNET:

  • Myth: Green consumers’ top concern is the environment. Greens still care more about the economy (59 percent) than the environment (8 percent).
  • Myth: Green consumers’ main motivation when reducing their energy use is to save the planet. 73 percent are mainly motivated “to reduce my bills/control costs.”
  • Myth: Green consumers are all-knowledgeable about environmental issues. 49 percent incorrectly believe C02 depletes the ozone layer.
  • Myth: Green consumers fall into a simple demographic profile. While the study detected some demographic tendencies, it found that green consumers aren’t easily defined by their age, income or ethnicity.
  • Myth: Children play a big part in influencing their parents to be green. Only 20 percent of respondents with children said their kids encouraged them to be greener.
  • Myth: If people just knew the facts they’d make greener choices. Individuals who answered all of the science questions correctly did report participating in a significantly higher average number of green activities. However, the 25-34 age group consistently answered the question correctly, yet, on average, their green activity levels were lower than those of older respondents.

Going Green Online Library Conference

From the Amigos Library Services Blog:

Conference Information

When: 8:00am – 4:00pm central time, Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Where: Online

Who: Florence Mason, general session speaker

What: Topics we’ll cover include an introduction to green technology, new or renovated buildings, practical strategies for libraries, green IT, and alternative energies.


  • Amigos members before September 9: $250
  • Amigos members: $275
  • Amigos non-members before September 9: $300
  • Amigos non-members: $325
  • Students before September 9: $125
  • Students: $150
  • Group discount of 20% given to groups of five or more from one institution; does not apply to student rate

Registration is OPEN and available until October 1, 2009.
Early Bird Registration ends September 9.
Number of participants limited.

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