INSS – social sustainabilty blog, resources, conferences and more

LongLogo  The Integrated Network for Social Sustainability  – funded by the National Science Foundation – focuses on the social aspects of sustainability with a particular focus on engineering and its allied professions. Their website is a community of practice of sorts, with a goal to connect similar minded people, to create dialogue and share resources and ideas. INSS has hosted annual meetings since 2013 and often in several locations:  Lansing, MI; Phoenix, AZ, Bend, OR; Charlotte, NC; and London. Those interested in joining and finding others to explore social sustainability issues with you can sign up for free.  The resources page includes INSS member publications, annotated bibliography of resources, employment opportunities and conference information.  You can subscribe to their blog via email and follow them on twitter!

Survey for seed lending libraries!

From a library listserv, well worth passing on… if you are a seed lending library, please fill out Emily’s survey!

My name is Emily Roberson, and I am an undergraduate student at the University of South Dakota.  For my senior thesis, I am working on a project involving seed libraries! My project is entitled “Do Seed Libraries Help Provide Healthy Food for Low-Income Americans?,” and I need a little bit of your help to complete part of it.  I have set up a survey for people who run seed libraries in the United States.  It has 41 questions and should take no longer than 20 minutes.  Additionally, every seed library that completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Seed Savers gift card! Please follow the link to take the survey through Google Forms:   I appreciate the time you put in to help my project! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at Emily.Roberson (at)  Some questions, especially concerning confidentiality, might be answered on the first page of the survey where I have provided more detailed information.

Save Seed Sharing Petition

Many libraries now host seed lending libraries – a great way to share seeds and keep the seed diversity and food security.  But many states now have laws that are shutting down seed lending libraries!  These laws  were created to protect farmers from unscrupulous seed dealers who might otherwise sell seed that was not as labelled  but are being applied to these (library) voluntary seed exchanges as if they were commercial businesses.

The national Save Seed Sharing Campaign, the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), will be lobbying for an amendment to the Recommended Uniform State Seed Law (RUSSL) which will be updated at the Association of American Seed Control Officials’ (AASCO) annual meeting this July.  The proposed amendment will ask that seed libraries be exempt from commercial seed law and be allowed to share locally saved seeds.

Please consider signing this petition in support of seed libraries and sharing the link with others.

Film Series @ your library

Attending the ALA conference, specifically at some SustainRT events (more on that soon!) a number of people were discussing how to educate their communities about sustainable issues and the idea of films popped up a few times. I had the pleasure during my time at UNCG Libraries to work with Sarah Dorsey (read more about it in this book chapter) who created and ran the Sustainable Film and Discussion series on campus (some are listed films here, I need to update it though!) She would coordinate one a month during the semester,  find campus or town “experts” to facilitate a discussion post film to discuss and consider how to apply the knowledge we just learned to our local community. Many times faculty would require or extra credit their class to attend too. Fantastic idea, brings people together from various disciplines (campus and community) and offers a venue to educate and discuss!