Recycling Videos for Campus

Questions often arise from our library staff on what can and cannot be recycled on campus. Recently two  members of our Green Library Team (we also both create videos for the library!)  decided to answer these questions by interviewing the manager of Waste Reduction and Recycling on campus at UNCG and create a set of short videos on various topics. We pushed these topics though our library blogs and feeds over the past academic year. They were created for the library, but are relevant to the whole campus and now are linked on the OWRR website and were pushed thought the campus Youtube feeds. A useful way to show how the library is an effective disseminator of information, uses technology to reach users, and model good environmentally friendly behaviors!

Here is the first video:

Others to view are:

Green Leak: Plastics

Green Leak: Paper,Cardboard and Chipboard

Green Leak: Office Paper Recycling

Green Leak: Electronic (E-Waste) Recycling

Green Leak: Recycling at UNCG – Dining Services

Green Leak: Construction Waste

Environmental News Bits

Trying to keep up with environmental news? Try following the blog Environmental News Bits  “browsing environmental news so you don’t have to” created and maintained by Laura L. Barnes, who is the a librarian with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Prairie Research Institute, embedded within the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. (RSS feed or follow on twitter)  The blog acts sort of as a aggregator of information, with short posts of information  or referring to current news related to the environment and applicable to a variety of audiences.

Laura Barnes also has a book chapter – Resources for Greening Libraries – in the Greening Libraries book just out this past month!

A Sustainability Librarian’s Manifesto: Your “Take Action” Checklist

Looking for a tool to help your institution with ideas and methods for promoting more environmentally sustainable environment? Madeleine Charney, librarian at University of Massachusetts Amherst,  created this Take Action Checklist. It has got an academic angle but could be applied for other types of libraries as well.   Use it  to reflect on your institution’s involvement in the sustainability movement and determine  else  you can do to bring the voice and resources of your library to the table. As Charney says librarians are “adept at gathering, synthesizing and disseminating information. We are born organizers!”   This document also includes resources for librarians to support this process such as through listserv, webinars,and  reading materials.

Free Online Sustainability Course “Sustainability: a global introduction”

When? Starting August 27th 2012 and running for 8 weeks

Offer through?  Supported by Illinois School of Earth, Society, and the Environment and  Office of Online and Continuing Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and by the University of Illinois.

Content?  Examines the global forces that will determine our sustainable future covering questions like:

  • What are the biggest threats – is it loss of biodiversity, climate change, or population growth?
  • Is “peak oil” real, and can renewable sources bridge the energy gap?
  • Where are we headed – do demographics, economics, science and policy point towards a prosperous future?


Tasks? Mix of readings, short lectures, quizzes, collaborative projects and discussions. All participants who successfully complete the required activities (and tests!) will earn a completion badge.

Professor?  Dr. Jonathan Tomkin is the Associate Director of the School of Earth, Society and Environment at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The textbook is free and downloadable from the web.

More details here!     Sign up coming soon….