JSTOR Sustainability Resource

JSTOR Sustainability is a new online resource that brings together journals, policy research and books on the topic of environmental sustainability and resilience – topics from agricultural economics to green energy, and from climatology to sustainable business practices.  It was built in collaboration with think tanks, publishers, universities and researchers including American Meteorological Society, the International Association for Energy Economics, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Centre for European Policy Studies. (read more here)

If you missed the climate change webinar yesterday….

webinar Beyond DoomIf you missed the webinar yesterday – Beyond Doom and Gloom:  Include Solutions to Climate Change  by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) it was wonderful, but it was recorded and please watch it when you have time.

Description  – Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert materials to engage students in current and future policy solutions that can be used in any course and in any discipline. Watch this webinar to see how you can be part of reducing doom and gloom and share opportunities for progress.

Links and Materials

Last call for papers: World Symposium on Sustainabilty Science…

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.




Librarians at AASHE Conference?

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

Mon, 10/10

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


Tue, 10/11

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

Waste Audit in the library!

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. 


Academic Librarian 4 Conference: Sustainable Academic Libraries: Now and Beyond

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