Easy refill station for water bottles

I saw this refill station in the San Fran airport and thought how great it would be if libraries – public, schools, academic institutions – would have stations like this to encourage easy of filling up your own water bottle (I’m sure some do, just haven’t seen it personally yet). Sure you can try filling at a drinking fountain but some times that’s difficult with various streams of water and strange angles when refilling a big water bottle.  If  a library had one of these, perhaps include signage showing how much you save (money and energy) by using your own bottle. And of course even sell some nice ones with your library logo for users to purchase and  refill.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has lots of info on their  website especially about drinking tap water and a map showing where these fill up stations are around town called Tap It! Their Tap It widget helps you find one around the city. Cool idea and educational too!

As I researched more about TapIt Water I found out they have other partners and cities around the US (disappointingly not the  current state where I live, but lots of others!)  …. and they even have an iPhone App to discover refill stations on the go!

Libraries for Sustainability Webinar #3….

If you missed it… here is the link to the third webinar recording  and the document created and used by Madeleine Charney “A Sustainability Librarian’s Manifesto: Your “Take Action” Checklist

Tuesday  June 12, 2012  from 2pm-3pm (EST)

In this third webinar, we will discuss and share opportunities for engagement in professional library organizations and other groups which might provide a forum to share sustainability best practices such as discussion groups, task forces, committees and social activities. Share your experiences with tools such as LinkedIn and listservs, organizations such as AASHE, ARL, ACRL, as well as state and regional associations. How can we initiate contact with such groups? Where shall we focus? How do we address the diverse needs of libraries in all sectors: public, academic, school, special and other? Come prepared to discuss and offer ideas for specific recommendations for successful sustainability activities within professional library organizations.

There will be the option for a group to convene in another virtual room for an ALA-focused discussion — in particular, the future of Task Force on the Environment (TFOE). Plans are already underway for a face-to-face social gathering at the upcoming ALA Annual conference to consider how to best advance the sustainability message within our libraries and associations.

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Recylcemania 2012 Results

Recylcemania 2012 held its 12th annual competition, had 605 schools participate for 8 weeks this spring.

Stats for this years contest:

  • 92 million lbs. of recyclables and organic materials were recovered
  • prevented the release of nearly 150,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E).
  • this reduction in greenhouse gases =
    • annual emissions from more than 25,840 passenger cars
    • electricity use of more than nearly 16,406 homes
    • the burning of nearly 705 railcars’ worth of coal.
  •  average recycling rate for participating schools increased from 27.61%to 28.49%  over the course of the tournament

The Winners:

  • “Grand Champion” (determined by the percentage of overall waste recycled): American University- (85.16 percent) – Washington, D.C.
  •  “Per Capita Classic” (determined by total pounds of recyclables collected per person): Union College- (61.79 lbs.) – Schenectady, N.Y.
  • “Waste Minimization” (determined by the lowest overall amount of recyclables and trash per person): Valencia College – (2.79 lbs.) – Orlando, Fla.

They also hosted the 2nd annual video contest with the theme “The Spirit of Recycling, ”  where the public was invited to vote for their favorite  videos posted to YouTube, the student submission from Florida State University garnered the most “likes” to win first prize followed by East Tennessee State University. Clemson University’s video received the Judges’ Award.

Youth Sustainability Video Contest!

Calling America’s Youth – submit a video on what you doing to foster sustainable communities –  due June 1!   The Obama Administration invites video submissions from America’s youth  in the areas of economy, education, energy and environment, health, and science and technology. Winning videos will be chosen by a panel of Administration officials and featured at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Winners also will be invited to the White House for a special event on sustainability leadership!

Libraries for Sustainability: Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries Webinar 4/24/12

For those who attended live or missed the session, the Libraries for Sustainability: Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries Webinar was recorded!

Contact facilitators & presenters:

  • Madeleine Charney – mcharney@library.umass.edu
  • Bonnie Smith – bonniesmith@ufl.edu
  • Beth Filar Williams – greeningyourlibrary@gmail.com
  • Kathryn Miller – kjmiller@argosy.edu
  • Marianne Buehler – Marianne.Buehler@unlv.edu
  • Laura Barnes – l-barnes@illinois.edu
  • Mandy Henk – amandahenk@depauw.edu

Next Webinar: June 12, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Preparing for ALA Annual and options for future collaboration in various organizations