Nature Explore

Nature Explore is a research-based collaborative program of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation to encourage and assist children and families in developing a joy for and engagement with the natural world daily. The offer  workshops, design consultations and hands-on, field-tested resources to schools,  nature centers, national forests, early childhood programs etc.  There is even a network of certified Nature Explore Classrooms created throughout the United States in place of typical playgrounds. Be sure to check out their Environmental Action Toolkit of resources too.  Listen to this PSA to hear more:

Campus Sustainability Day Oct 26

Campus Sustainability Day, first conceived in April 2003, is  a national event coordinated with Society of College and University Planning. Many campuses are planning events and sharing events online – find out what others are doing and post your own events here. Register your campus for a Campus Conversation ‘A Useful Education: Sustainability in Admissions,  Retention, and Educational Value” so you can participate on 26th watching a short video webcast and engage in conversations sponsored by Second Nature.

Article Alert – A Whole Systems Approach: Integrated Building Design

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, a 2010 LJ Mover & Shaker, is Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System, Poughkeepsie, NY  wrote  this wonderful article in Library Journal  A Whole Systems Approach: Integrated Building Design.  She tackles the concept of IBD is “a collaborative process, resulting in optimized solutions from an engaged team that is committed to the process from start to finish”  in a way most every librarian can understand.   Want to know more about this IBD concept and how it really work well buy-in and support by all when building greener sustainable libraries – well you have to read the article and follow Rebekkah on!

New LEED Library: West Vancouver Memorial Library

In June 2011, the 61 year-old building of West Vancouver Memorial Library  received LEED Canada Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance Silver certification, a FIRST for British Columbia!    The library manages its power consumption and you can view their Pulse Energy Dashboard, and they lend  power meters  to their patrons!   Individuals and the  institution take actions to  reduce garbage, recycle everything from styrofoam to electronics, conserve water and energy, & source and use greener office and cleaning supplies (check out their link to green suppliers).  They even created a Green Building Operations Policy.  Soon their will have a  new roof which will be low maintenance, cost effective and energy efficient. Their library green team educates and promotes sustainable actions such as  alternative transportation like walking, cycling, public transportation and carpooling which now is up to 50% of all staff members’ trips to and from the Library.

They are very interested in linking up with other librarians who have been working on making libraries greener so they can continue to improve.  From Librarian Tara  Matsuzaki:  “It is also our goal to inspire others and share how we took lots of small steps became more sustainabl.  Please visit our sustainability page or contact us. ” 

Read more about their amazing initiatives!