Campus Sustainability Online Discussion Forums

AASHE (assoc for advancement of sustainability in higher education) recently created these Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums to ask questions and get answers or idea from others on greening your campuses. There are 17 forum topics: co-curricular education, curriculum, research, buildings, climate, dining services, energy, grounds, purchasing, transportation, water, waste, coordination and planning, diversity and affordability, human resources, investment, and public engagement.

save energy

One easy way you can save energy (and money!) in your library is through your computer power management settings.  A typical desktop computer and LCD monitor can use over 200 watts a day. Laptops use less than 45 watts and Macs generally use  a lot less energy too. (more info)  By putting your computer to “sleep” you can cut back to 1-5 watts of energy.  Generally if you are going to be away for more than 20-30 minutes, set your computer and monitor to sleep/hibernate mode. This is especially good to do at night, weekends, or when you are away. Check with your IT folks to find out how they install updates to your computer, but many times they can either remotely turn on your computer, or set the updates to install once you computer is back on the network. (more info) The EPA has some information on computer power management settings for individual computers.  How to access these settings? In Windows XP go to start – control panels – power options:  set your monitor and your standby to 20 minutes. For Macs go to system preferences – energy saver. Also check that your peripherals are turned off – like the printer or copier -as well.  And buy Energy Star computers whenever possible – they use up to 60% less energy than non-energy star computers .  More computer energy saving tips.

Two common myths: no it doesn’t hurt your computer to turn it off and on frequently AND screensavers do nothing to save you energy.

Check out the Energy Star Pledge to join the campaign and/or find out more energy saving tips and ideas.

Any librarians blogging about green ideas?

I’m wondering who I havent yet stumbled upon in library land who is blogging, or using twitter, nings, SL  or other 2.0 tools to discuss, inform or communicate on green and sustainable library topics?  Does your library have an active green committee with blog? Are there any statewide green library committees with 2.0 type  online presence? Please comment to this post or email me ( directly … thanks!

Online conference: call for proposals

Learning Times is presenting an online conference March 2-4, 2010 called Stakeholder Engagement 2010TM The Annual International Online Conference. The theme is Including the Excluded: Social/Environmental Justice Accessibility, and Social Inclusion in Engagement.  The conference sessions will cover:

  • Historically excluded or underserved groups (Social or Environmental Justice)
  • Individuals with physical or mental disabilities (Accessibility)
  • Persons who are socially excluded by geography, personal habits and appearance, class structure, income, education, or religion (Social Inclusion)

All conference sessions, field trips, and networking events will take place via webcast/webinar, Skype, or in virtual worlds. Submit your proposal and stay tuned for registration information later this year.

Libraries lending Kill-A-watt devices

Kill-a-watt devices help you analyze how much an appliance contributes to your utility costs, the best times of day to use that appliance, and basically how to be more energy efficient and save money. A number of electric companies are lending them to their citizens but since these businesses dont have a good lending service in place, some are turning to libraries to lend for them. In southwest colorado, several libraries including Cortez and Mancos Public Libraries are now lending these devices to their patrons.  I bet other libraries are doing this now too.  cool, eh?