New Sustainability Round Table at ALA!

Some of you might have seen my recent post about the Petition To Start A New Sustainability Round Table (SRT) in ALA. Those of us at ALA Midwinter last weekend in Seattle, with our spokesperson/chair Ashley Jones, presented the idea before various committees and action councils at ALA  and just found out it has been approved!

SRT’s  mission  is to provide a professional forum for librarians to exchange ideas and concerns regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy and economically viable society; and resources for the library community to support sustainability through curriculum development; collections; exhibits; events; advocacy, communication and library buildings and space design.

We thank all those who signed the e-petition to get this rolling!  Join our LinkedIn Sustainability Libraries group. And stay tuned for more information and how to get involved with the new SRT. We will have a meet up at ACRL and in ALA Chicago!

Birth of Sustainability Round Table

Here is photo (thanks Mara Egherman for sharing) taken right after our meeting with the ALA Committee on Organization, who voted unanimously to bring it to Action Council!  Seated: Ashley, Beth (me!), Mara  …and in back, Jonathan Betz-Zall (an amazing supporter and adviser & long time active advocate for sustainability)

Greening your trip to Seattle

Heading to Seattle for ALA Midwinter this week?   The Seattle Convention Center is actually LEED certified silver! Of course, by actually traveling to the conference you (and I!) are already  being unsustainable  – especially for me to fly from southeast to the northwest.

But what else can be done to be greener or more sustainable to and from and while in Seattle? Here are some tips:

  1. Bring your own water bottle (You can fly with it – go through security with it empty and fill up on the other side! Many airports like Seattle’s offer nice refill stations according to this blog post)
  2. Bring your own coffee mug (In rainy chilly Seattle a mug of tea or coffee will be welcoming especially on the-go with your own to-go and many place offering discounts for BYOM)
  3. Bring your own snacks on the plane or rail or car .. and for hotel room: snack mix, fruit, granola bars, instant oatmeal, popcorn (Usually its cheaper, better and healthier!)
  4. Try public transportation if you are flying in – light rail from airport to convention center is only $2.75 (well it’s Westlake Center stop, located 3 blocks from the  Convention Center) Great local info by YALSA here – check out the recreation walking map link too!
  5. When eating out try for local, sustainable, eco-friendly places  (Check out this list!  Or the  list complied for ALA from a local – you can always ask a place about their policies!)
  6. Limit your swag and picking up promotional materials or handouts that will just be tossed. Can you access the handouts online? Do you really need extra plastic swag?  Also note, if you are flying, carrying all that material back home uses energy which really does add up if everyone were to bring back a few extra pounds.
  7. Stop by the Task Force on the Environment meeting (via SRRT) on Friday night at 7:30pm AND join us for a discussion at the Networking Uncommons on Saturday at 4pm to discussion the possible new Sustainability Round Table of ALA.

other travel helpful resources:

Petition to start a new Sustainability Round Table through ALA!

Petition to start a new Sustainability Round Table through ALA!  Membership must be active to sign. Please forward to other ALA members who support the advancement of sustainability in libraries.

if you are going … Join us at ALA Seattle On Saturday Jan 26 at 4pm for a Sustainability Round Table planning and discussion meet up at the Networking Uncommons!

The mission of the Sustainability Round Table (SRT) is to provide:

1) A professional forum for librarians to exchange ideas and concerns regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy and economically viable society.

2) Resources for the library community to support sustainability through curriculum development; collections; exhibits; events; advocacy, communication and library buildings and space design.

**Sign the e-petition!**

Inhabitat’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards

inhabitatInhabitat readers have been voting on their favorite stories of 2012! Check out the winners in a slideshow here or view each by category   So many good stories it’s hard to pick MY favorite:

Go Green with Teens! online course

Check out this Infopeople ONLINE course for those interested in how to do more green art projects with teens and tweens!

In this course you will learn to:

  • ·        Rethink “art” and look at everyday objects in new ways
  • ·        Discover methods and materials for reusing, recycling, and repurposing
  • ·        Demonstrate and teach art skills
  • ·        Plan programs and events that are art-based and eco-friendly

Dates: January 29 to February 25, 2013

Cost: $75

Instructor: Valerie Colston, author of Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools, and Themes for Young Adult Programming 

Read more and register: http://infopeople.org/training/teens-and-tweens-go-green