Green Apps!

In honor of Earth Week, there are a number of green apps available and worth checking out.

The Verde app (only for iPad) is FREE  – usually $5 – from now through Sunday/Earth Day. The Verde app helps you perform an energy audit of your  home. (or office or school etc). Once downloaded you choose you zone (geographically) and your energy rate (app can find it for you) and then go through various categories – adding your various appliances such as lighting, gadgets, etc. You choose which specific types in each category from lists and you can customize this data. The app will show you appx costs for your device and usage. A final report can also be emailed and used to help cut back on costs and usage!

A list of more green eco-friendly apps can be found on this macworld site.

For those wanting to get outside for the weekend, check out the FREE  AllTrails app (for iphone and android) – assists with finding trails, GPS Tracking, and  Topo maps for the hiking, camping, mountain biking, and National Parks. Sierra Club also has a FREE trail app called Trail Explorer (for iPhone only)

Special thanks to brown biggers for the suggestions!

Greening Your Library: Save Money and the Environment

An ALA online workshop this week

Greening Your Library: Save Money and the Environment  with Kathryn Miller
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
2:30-4:00pm Eastern |1:30-3:00pm Central 12:30-2:00pm Mountain | 11:30am-1pm Pacific

COST: $40 for 90 Minutes

REGISTER

In this workshop, Kathryn Miller, author of Public Libraries Going Green, will discuss practical ideas for how to become green, teach green, and lead green. Miller will introduce environmentally-friendly, money-saving initiatives that fit your existing building and services. Ideas for hands-on activities, such as rain barrels or butterfly gardens, will help you raise awareness and get your community involved.

Topics include –

  • What it means to be green
  • Ideas for your action plan
  • Socially responsible collection management, from purchase to disposal
  • Program ideas for children, young adults, and adults

Kathryn Miller is assistant vice president of academic resources at Argosy University in Orlando, Florida. She is a frequent presenter on the topic of green libraries.

Library as Partner in Creating Curriculum for Sustainability survey

Passing along  – please consider taking time to do this important survey!!

Please accept this invitation to participate in the Library as Partner in Creating Curriculum for Sustainability survey.
This survey explores the level of engagement of academic libraries and information studies schools in the emerging focus of educating for sustainability on university and college campuses across North America. The expected benefits associated with your involvement include creating a better understanding of the role of libraries in educating for sustainability and may also reveal some opportunities for further research.  We are committed to analyzing the results and sharing key findings of this survey. We anticipate the survey will take 10-20 minutes to complete. There are no foreseeable risks associated with this survey. The confidentiality of your responses will be protected.

Please share this survey with colleagues in academic libraries and LIS schools. Those who complete the survey may be entered in a random drawing at the close of the survey for the following prizes: One of ten Better World Books gift certificates valued at $20 each and one of ten Starbucks gift certificates valued at $10 each. If you wish to participate in the drawing, please provide your email address at the end of the survey. The survey closes on May 2, 2012.
Please click here to take the survey: https://academictrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8Ds9A1yindrZLlG
With much appreciation,
Bonnie J. Smith – bonniesmith@ufl.edu
University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries
Maria A. Jankowska – majankowska@library.ucla.edu
UCLA, Charles E. Young Research Library
Marianne A. Buehler – marianne.buehler@unlv.edu
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries

Virtual Sustainability Summit

Virtual Sustainability Summit

“Learn fun, inspiring ways you can engage your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to build a community that puts sustainability first”
Virtual and Live Events from March 26 – June 22 with world-class sustainability: Jane Goodall, Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Van Jones, John Robbins, Hazel Henderson, Frances Moore Lappé, John Perkins, Thom Hartmann, Aqeela Sherrills, Julia Butterfly Hill, etc. This is a FREE event lasting over 3 months.  Produced by The Shift Network in partnership with the Sustainable World Coalition.

Get all the details and sign up for here!

You can join the Summit at any point, and will have access to all of the live recordings for viewing, listening, and downloading after the live calls.

From the Living Mandala, Organizing Education, Events & Initiatives for Personal & Planetary Transformation

Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries Webinar 4/24/12!

Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 presents:  Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries – April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST)

Please join us for the second webinar in this four-part series.

There are different types of sustainability practices in libraries (e.g. buildings, collection development, instruction, events, collaboration) and many of us are working, educating, and practicing in these areas.   This webinar will be similar to a lightning round-up as librarians engaged in different types of sustainability efforts share their experiences and provide time for questions. Academic, public and school libraries will be represented. The session will be recorded so you can view it later.

SIGN UP NOW!   (http://bit.ly/HbV7vq)

Webinar series facilitators: Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst Libraries), Beth Filar Williams (UNC Greenboro), and Bonnie Smith (University of Florida Libraries).

Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at mcharney@library.umass.edu or Beth FilarWilliams at greeningyourlibrary@gmail.com

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If you missed attending the first in our Webinar series – Call to Action and Collaboration – here is the webinar recording:

https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/play.jnlp?sid=315&psid=2012-02-28.0718.M.669FDEC58C8549C611C2EC64F0EDEE.vcr

and the slides are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/filarwilliams/libraries-for-sustainability-call-to-action-and-collaboration

Wind Map

Check out this amazing wind map! If the map is missing or seems slow, use the latest Chrome browser. It is a personal art project, not associated with any company. The surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database – near-term forecasts, revised once per hour. Note that maximum speeds may occur over lakes or just offshore.

As the web page states: ” An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US.  Read more about wind and about wind power.”

Also for wind power information: