Libraries for Sustainability: a four part webinar series

I have been asked one  place to find all the recordings and slides from this four part webinar series we did in 2012 so here they are:

  • “Exploring More Sustainability Practices in Libraries” – Part 4 of Webinar Series “Libraries for Sustainability” August 28, 2012, SLIDES | RECORDING
  • “Engagement in Professional Library Organizations” – Part 3 of Webinar Series “Libraries for Sustainability” June 12, 2012:  SLIDES   | RECORDING
  • “Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries” – Part 2 of Webinar Series “Libraries for Sustainability” April 24, 2012: SLIDES | RECORDING
    “A Call to Action” – Part 1 of Webinar Series “Libraries for Sustainability”  February 28, 2012: SLIDES | RECORDING

Happy Campus Sustainability Day!

Today October 24, 2012 is  Campus Sustainability Day!

Creative Recycling

We recently hosted film night showing Terra Blight   –  a feature-length documentary exploring America’s consumption of computers and the hazardous waste we create in pursuit of the latest technology – at my university. Featured in the is film and leading our post film discussion were members of Creative Recycling.  Creative Recycling  was wonderful to discover!  They started in Tampa in 1990 but are now  up and down the east coast, in almost 19 states and growing.  They provide state-of-the-art lifecycle management solutions for surplus, obsolete and end-of-life electronic products.  Those leading our post film discussion were from the local Raleigh plant  which is an actual processing facility, working with municipalities, businesses, schools, government, etc. Their goal is to teach others how to do recycling and then pick it up and  process it from them

We need to shift focus and think of recycling electronics as a commodity (this is why they don’t call it e-WASTE)  & job creation (they have 80-100 jobs at any one facility & growing!).  They can generate money from just about every component of electronics they process.  Their unique processing plant  [photo!] allows for the recycling of electronic components in a single computerized process –  up to 24,000 pounds of recyclables per hour (or 800 monitors)  and in an environmentally safe manner taking less than five minutes for a single item to complete the recycling process!

Is Creative Recycling anywhere near you? Check out the map to see and stay tuned as they are growing nationally!

MRM: Electronic Manufactures Recycling Management Company

MRM brings together manufacturers to help provide convenient, environmentally responsible recycling opportunities to consumers nationwide.  Most MRM drop-off sites accept all types and brands of consumer electronics for recycling but all except:  Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba and VIZIO brand TVs and consumer electronics such as VCRs and DVDs at no charge.  But there may be a charge for recycling other brands or products in certain states.

Find a recycling location in your area:


AASHE 2012 Registration Ends Oct 8

Only ONE WEEK LEFT for registration as Monday, October 8, is the last day to register for AASHE 2012. Register Now! The conference is always packed with good information, networking, and ideas! Some great keynotes too like L. Hunter Lovins talking about “Innovation in Higher Education: Leading the Change; and the ”  The Crossroads Project, a live musical performance along with physicist Dr Robert Davies combining music, information and intellect for a unique  session! There are plenary speakers, Lunch Meetings, networking events, and of course the conference sessions…I hope some are by librarians but there was no way to search and find sessions by librarians. So if you are presenting or know of something there, comment here or send me an email!