Phonebooth = Library?

Are there abandoned phone booths in your area? Ever consider  turning one into a mini-community library?  Inouye, the head of the Future Studio gallery explains in a few simple steps how she turned a phone booth into a library in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. Good magazine’s “How To: Turn a Payphone Into a Library,” explains the four simple steps and Tree Hugger has the details.

Green Programming

The Alliance Library System (IL) offered an online workshop last May on Green Programming in libraries. They recorded the adobe connect sessions so you can listen and view it for free! Check out some of their craft ideas, ideas for kids and teens, holiday ideas, green games and more.

Sadly the Alliance Library System who had an awesome Going Green for Libraries blog, had to cut back on staff and core services including their blog 😦

green resources for kids

With school year beginning, here are some great resources, websites, and groups for your school, kids, teachers, and librarians to use and promote:


Zimride is a rideshare service for campuses, workplaces, or to go to  events. Zimride works with organizations, universities etc to create local networks, but there is also a public zimride as well.  Its free and easy, just sign up. It integrates with  facebook and twitter too. We have Zimride now at my university – you login with you university email, input your route and times, see on a map who is traveling your area and can easily contact them about ridesharing!

Best Workplaces for Commuters

Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) is “an innovative membership program that provides qualified employers with national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits, such as free or low cost bus passes and vanpool fares and strong telework programs.” There are several colleges and universities listed as top for 2010 or you can view workplaces by state.  Looking for a “greener” workplace – check out these lists!

Spread the Word at Work

From EPA’s Energy Star website Spread the Word at Work offers download tip cards and posters to share with co-workers, distribute at events, and hang in your employee break room such as Bring Your Green to Work Poster and Bring Your Green to Work Tip Card.  The also offer a Green Team Checklist and guides on how to improve energy efficiency for  Employees, Executives, Building Managers, or Small Businesses.  Also use this search to check out which hotels, schools, offices and other buildings use 35% less energy than others in your area.