Going Green: Programming Online Workshop

When: Monday, May 24, 2010 (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

Where:  ONLINE!  through ALS Adobe Connect
Cost: Free… register here

This is the second workshop in Alliance Library System’s Going Green series. It will discuss programming ideas for patrons of all ages. From crafts to book lists to online activities, you will be sure to get ideas to make going green fun and easy

There’s an App for That…

Theres a free app – Slick Viewto be released in the next few days for smartphones that people can use to help document the oil spill’s effects on the coastline. It was created by the San Diego State University Visualization Center and Crisis Commons (an online community that uses technology to respond to crises). Users take pictures of the coast, the photo are sent back to SDSU with a time stamp and a GPS location attached. Then all the images are processed and pieced together to form a map of the coast along the Gulf of Mexico, which will be available to the public, showing the changes along the coast over time. (from the Chronicle of Higher Education)

Milwaukee Public Library Green Roof Web Cam

How cool is this? not only did Milwaukee Public Library create a 30,000 square feet  green roof atop their historic building, but they also offer a webcam to watch it grow.  You can view maps of the layout, what they planted and see photos of the progress in building this awesome green roof. Green roof tops not only are beautiful and green, but they are energy efficient and will save you money!  Read more about green roof benefits.

Urban Farming … and schools

Great Kids Farm is owned by the Baltimore Public School system, teaching skills in nutritional and agricultural education, providing food for the cafeteria’s in the schools.  Classes can visit the farm and interact with chickens, goats, and bees or garden the  small fruit, vegetables, and mushrooms. read a recent article on a visit to the farm and view the photos!

Real Food Farm is Civic Works’ innovative urban agricultural enterprise, located on six acres of Clifton Park in northeast Baltimore.

Growing Power is a Milwaukee-based organization that teaches urban residents, especially children, about farming, under Will Allen, co-founder and CEO.

Read more about these programs or other ideas for urban farming on Sowing Seeds Here and Now – or attend – the Chesapeake Urban Farming Summit June 18, 2010. Sponsored by ECO (engaged community offshoots) Inc, who’s goals it to reserve the effects  of systemic poverty, racism, and oppression through establishing and promoting social venture community-based businesses, involving people from all walks of life in healthy and sustainable living activities. Schools folks – read more about their farm to school programs!

Libraries … Adopt a Stream!

Our university library, thanks for our Green Library Group, just “adopted a stream” in the neighborhood next to campus. Five us the other day took time over lunch for our initial clean up.  I enjoyed getting outside on a nice day, tripping around a stream with others from work, and just the good feeling of getting rid trash (so many plastic bags!!!) out of our stream.   We collected over 8 bags of  trash in an hour, including a bean bag chair, a plastic lawn chair, a soccer ball and hockey stick. What a great idea for a school group, a public library (maybe a teen group and/or staff?) and a college library (include student workers?).  Read more about benefits to educators/students, guides and curriculum, how to get started, and general information on the Adopt-a-Stream page.