Free Virtual Conference on Sustainabiliy Wednesday!

A FREE virtual conference promoting best practices in sustainability
9-5pm Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Committee on Sustainability, focusing on academics in North Carolina,
but anyone interested welcome to join in all day or part of the day!

Program Presentations:
Sustainable Transportation Practices
Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Climate Change Mitigation & Sustainable Energy Initiatives
Sustainable Practices in Facilities, Grounds, & Housekeeping
Master Planning for a Sustainable Campus

In addition to the program presentations we will show our “Sustainable Shorts” – films produced by UNCG students, highlighting a particular issue of sustainability and winners of the UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Competition.

Sign up and get more details: http://sustain.uncg.edu/

Note: several librarians (including me!) are a part of this committee & conference planning group – get involved outside your library walls and make things happen!

USGBC Knowledge Exchange

The US Green Building Council  has a useful USGBC Knowledge Exchange definitely worth checking out, passing on, and  adding to your library’s online library of resources!  The Resource Catalog is a collection of cataloged free digital resources that relate to green building, energy efficiency, urban design, etc. If you  want a link added, you can email them (KnowX@usgbc.org) the resource link.   There is also a  Podcast – USGBC Knowledge Exchange offering audio podcasts by experts in the field on latest in innovation and best practices in sustainable design, construction, operations, planning and LEED –  through iTunes store.  There is also a link to the Knowledge Center containing USGBC’s in-house library with a collection of more than 500 items. Soon they will be adding a Speaker’s Registry. Check it out!

and thanks to Anne Less of the USGBC for her work on this resource and bringing it to my attention!

Green LJ Mover & Shaker

Congratulations to  Rebekkah Smith Aldrich of  Mid-Hudson Library System (Poughkeepsie, NY) for being recognized as a Library Journal 2010 Mover & Shaker for her community building and greener library efforts! She is a community builder, supporter and advocate  (and advocate trainer) for her member libraries, including promoting why green and sustainable practices show libraries as “good stewards of the public tax dollar.”   She has a certification as a Sustainable Building Adviser, is a LEED accredited professional, blogs at Sustainable Libraries and has a recent presentation available online called Greening Your Library (@ NYPL 2009).