Heading to ALA Chicago? a few “green” tips & sustainable programs!


Some tips to consider….

  • Bring your own water bottle, coffee mug and healthy snacks! 
  • Take public transportation: from the airports;  and around town… or walk! (CTA Link)
  • Check out some past tips I suggested for greener travel.
  • Look to eat at  local, sustainable, eco-friendly places.
  • Limit your swag (do you really need that plastic piece of junk?) pick up whats useful only.
  • Handouts  – will you read them? Take only if you must have it and cannot get it online. And do you need to give them out? Make it small, limit use of ink/color ink if you do.

ALA Sustainability Roundtable (SustainRT) Events: 

  • We need your ideas! Please join us for the first meeting of ALA’s newest roundtable – SustainRT! Learn about current plans and share your expertise and experiences to help define the strategic direction and engagement of this roundtable. Everyone is invited.

WhereHyatt Regency McCormick Place (Prairie Room A)
When:   Monday, July 1, 2013 – 8:30am to 10:00am

  • Join members of SustainRT for an unofficial event at ALA  as we take a stroll along the Chicago RiverWalk on Sunday June 30 meeting up by 2:45pm at the corner of East Upper Wacker Drive / North Michigan Avenue (SEE PHOTO). We plan to walk about an hour, heading east toward Lake Michigan, then travel south along Lakefront Trail. At East Monroe, walkers can either turn back, keep going,  or turn west back into town toward the Palmer Hilton Hotel. (about 1.5 mile) depending on where you are headed next! Contact Beth (efwilli3 [at] uncg.edu)t o RSVP or with questions!
  • Stay informed by joining our new listserv – sustainrt-l@ala.org –  All ALA members are welcome to sign up: http://lists.ala.org/sympa
  • Who we are? The ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) invites the exchange of ideas and opportunities regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy and economically viable society. The mission of the organization is to provide resources for the library community to support sustainability through curriculum development; collections; exhibits; events; advocacy, communication, library buildings and space design.

Other sustainability related events & programs at ALA Chicago:

Did you know that McCormick Place, Chicago has several sustainable initiatives?

Climate Change LIVE

logoCheck out the new ClimateChangeLIVE distance learning adventure site created by the U.S. Forest Service, Prince William Network and other partners. They will offer a series of webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources aimed at K-12. Check out the webinars starting in September! There is a section with toolkits and events for teachers. A section for students to learn the basics and ask a scientist questions. They are also calling for teachers and students to send videos about what you are doing related to climate change! This ClimateChangeLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure will provide teachers with help to meet the national science standards on climate change and get students involved. Please REGISTER to receive updates and information about webinars  – free for all!

New Resource – Environmental Science: Nano

CoverIssue Royal Society of Chemistry’s new journal, Environmental Science: Nano – Nanomaterial interactions with environmental & biological systems.  [from their website:] This journal will be a comprehensive source of information on nanomaterial interactions with biological and environmental systems. Sustainable nanotechnology requires the understanding of how nanomaterials enter, migrate and undergo transformations as they move through various environmental and biological media/systems. It also requires that nanotechnology development be carried out in a sustainable manner.

Soon there will be a call for submissions and the first issue will be published in late 2013.  Free access upon registration (register here) to all content published during 2014 and 2015. Vicki Grassian(University of Iowa)  has been appointed Editor-in-Chief.


bicycool-logoBicycool Library is a bike ride for book and bike lovers usually arranged by librarians, and involves cycling through the town “wheel to wheel with patrons.”  In 2010 it was started and a  huge success in Poland  but they are now  inviting librarians from all over the world to join the project and organize rides or side events  in their countries. In 2013 they had their first international bicycool events. They now have some helpful guides if you are interested in the project:

  • Register with them so they can keep count of the the Bicycool events happening around the globe!
  • The time frame is May 1 through June 9th for setting up the event (we missed it this year but stay tuned – or get some events going year round!)
  • The color is ORANGE.
  • Read more about how to get started, including case studies and examples. Make sure you check out Part 4  – there are tons of other ideas to integrate bikes and books beyond the bike ride such as location based games, literacy contest, picnic of local foods, etc.
  • Check out their map of where bicycool events are taking place!

Bicycool photos from their website on events taking place including one (on far left) in Wiżajny, the middle photos is of a logo spoke card, and organizers in cool t shirts in Szczecin (on right)