Greening your time @ ALA

ALA has been trying to promote greener practices at conferences – lets hope we see some green practices while conferencing in DC (Or hey maybe you are just joining us online!)

What you can do:

  • Bring your own reusable water bottle and coffee mug!
  • Eat at Green Restaurants. Here is a list of certified green places to support. Can you bring your leftovers back to the hotel in your own reusable container to reheat in a microwave for another meal?
  • Ask you hotel and restaurants how green they are: do they recycle (many restaurants do not!), do they conserve water, do they use compact fluorescent light bulbs, etc. Check out the green hotel association Website and the going greener restaurant site for more information.. you could even mention these Web sites to the manager of the place.
  • Can you carpool to the conference, take a train, or if you fly rent a hybrid vehicle? Walk or take the metro while in DC.
  • Try to not pick up excessive promotional materials or handouts that will just be tossed. Can you access the handouts online? Do you really need extra plastic swag?  Also note, if you are flying, carrying all that material back home uses energy which really does add up if everyone were to bring back a few extra pounds.

Convention Center:

The  Washington Convention Center has green initiatives in place.

Be sure to check out the SRRT’s Task Force on the Environment’s session  “Is It Safe to Go Outside? Health Effects of Climate Change and Global Warming” on Saturday 1:30-3:30 @ Convention Center room 210. The TFOE has their round table meeting – all invited that same  Saturday morning at JW Marriott ballroom IV from 8:30-10am.  LITA is also offering a green computing session “Emerging Technologies: Virtualization in Libraries”  w/ presenters from  UNC Chapel Hill, NW, and Boulder Public Library,  @ Convention Center 143B/C on Monday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (wish I was still at ALA on Monday to attend!)

It’s exciting to see my hotels looking at sustainable practices. My hotel – St. Gregory Luxury Hotel –  has a page explaining their green program, practices and commitment to the environment such as saving water,energy efficiency, and recycling.

There will be some  “green” vendors  at ALA too.   ALA has a Green Exhibit Checklist – look for the “green” sign for booths of  exhibitors identified as promoting Green Practices!  ALA says they will have a Green Pavilion of these vendors at the Exhibit hall so look for that.   Just to mention a few ….

  • Chelsea Green Publishing booth 2867, is an independent publisher of books dedicated to the practice and politics of sustainability.
  • CMS, Inc booth 4034 a software company offering self-service printing, reservations, wireless, etc  but also has line of environmental conscious products.
  • InterfaceFLOR, booth 4107, producer of commercial modular carpet says it leads the industry in environmental sustainability with “Mission Zero™,” the company’s promise to eliminate any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020.
  • Imprint Plus booth 4032 offers reusable name badges.  It’s always better to reuse before recycling. (though I also like sustainable hand made name tags too)
  • Island Press booth 2340, offers books about the environment for professionals, students, and general readers.
  • JanWay Company booth 2211, offers reusable and some Environmentally friendly products like water bottles.
  • Of course there is also the US Environmental Protection Agency booth 4031 ,whose name says it all.  But a new one for me  EPA SunWise Program booth 4115, which offers FREE environmental and health education programs related to sun exposure.
  • you can also read more about GES Green Initiatives for exhibiting.

View the PDF ALA program for more details! See you at #ala2010

One thought on “Greening your time @ ALA

  1. […] be sure to think about your personal green habits when conferencing. Here is a post I did about greening an ala conference in the past, a post about how green the AASHE conference was,  though its probably too late to book a flight […]

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