Join in the conversation at the World Symposium on Sustainability Science: Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals– in Manchester, UK, 5th-7th April 2017 by submitting your abstract by October 15th (deadline has been extended – even though the website doesn’t indicate that). Accepted papers will be published in the publication “Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research”
The United Nations are celebrating this week the first anniversary of the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, which set-up the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” — a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, which seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom and shows the need for an integrated handling of the three main dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.
If you are going to be at the 2016 AASHE conference this October 9-12 (FYI registration ends 9/22!) in Baltimore, two librarians active in SustainRT will be there and are hosting two eve
Poster Session from 4 – 5:15 PM: Team Up With Your Campus Library for Sustainability Education and Outreach
Includes: Examples of how libraries have been active partners and leaders in campus sustainability initiatives.
Location: Baltimore Convention Center, Hall C
Networking Meeting from 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: Beyond the Library: Librarians Team up With Campus Partners for Sustainability Education and Outreach
Includes: A wonderful opportunity to share your sustainability work and/or to gain ideas of how to be sustainable within your own campus community! (Feel free to bring your lunch.)
Location: Baltimore Convention Center, 303
Last spring, my academic library worked with our campus recycling to audit the trash being produced on the main floor of the library. The audit revealed that recyclable/compostable materials made up 47% (by weight) of our waste stream that day; compostable materials alone made up 34% (by weight) of the waste stream that day.
Using the audit results, we implemented a new bin system in that area over fall term to both pilot composting AND change behaviors by making people walk to the recycle/waste station. We set up 3 locations on the floor with trash, compost and recycling bins, moving all trash cans by desk and tables (except a paper recycling bin by the printer station). We are also collecting pizza boxes to compost during exam time at the Info Desk (we collected 74 last term at finals time!)
Now it’s time to audit again to see if the program has made a difference. and a few of us in the library will be assisting with the audit TODAY! We will open up all trash bags and sort into 3 streams: recyclable, compostable and true trash.
Consider traveling to Hong Kong 2-3 June 2016 for the Sustainable Academic Libraries themed Academic Librarian 4 conference. There are many great speakers including for theme 1: Sustainable Environment – Madeleine Charney, our coordinator for ALA’s SustainRT! The conference posses the questions: How do academic libraries drive sustainability in their innovations and day-to-day operations? What are the best practices and emerging trends that help save the environment for posterity while fulfilling at optimal efficiency the current and future needs of library users? What are the obstacles or breakthroughs in advancing these goals?
Registration is now open (early bird by feb 29 is only $105!): http://library.ust.hk/al4/registration
Ever tuned in to the “The one and only Research Library Rock’n’Roll show” Lost in the Stacks? Ameet and Charlie from the Georgia Tech Library pick a theme and free-associate an hour of music, interviews, and library talk every Friday for lunch 12-1pm (eastern). Their recent episodes have been on sustainability in libraries:
Episode 274 Oct 2 2015 “sustainability in libraries”
Episode 273 Sept 25, 2015 “respect des fonds, respect des planet”(aka ProjectARCC)
Saw a tweet and learned about the Queen’s University (Ontario Canada) Library posts their Greening the Library information under About on the website. They share their environmentally conscious practices such as recycling and reducing electricity; they share ways users can “stay green and clean” in the library; and call out their partnerships on campus. I’m sure many other academic libraries are doing similar things but its not that often these types of library state these policies on their website. Its smart to advertise your practices and might also be enticing for people interesting in working there as well.