Teens Go Green!

gogreenteensI have been meaning to blog about this cool book Teens Go Green!  Tips, Techniques, Tools and Themes for YA Programming. (by Valerie Colston, Libraries Unlimited Professional guides for Young Adult Librarians Series 2011)  The book offers ideas for librarians on environmentally themed art projects that are also low cost., practical and hands-on to engage youth. The book starts with Part 1: Going Green, offering basic ideas on resources and supplies, tips on working with teens and art, along with promoting and marketing the programs and ideas. Part II: Art Programs and Projects takes up most of the book offering art project ideas with illustrations, purpose, topics, costs, age level, required material, programming related activities, timeframe, and ties to technology, with lots of extra resources lists too.

Besides purchasing this great teen art book,  Colston is offering a 4 week Arts & Crafts for Youth Librarians Workshops, online, non-credit, held through Art Teacher on the Net, starting August 15, 2013 for $59.  (sign up!)

Colston is actually an art professor and has worked for year teaching art programs with  San Diego libraries and teaches 100 Art Ideas for Teachers through the UCSD extension department.   She has also published 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills and 200 Projects to get your in to art school.

MOOCs on Climate Literary and Climate Change

MOOCs can be a great way to learn more about a subject or topic from your own home or offer/suggest as a resources or extra learning opportunity to your students, staff or patrons.  Check out these 2 offerings through Coursera:

Climate Literacy  Navigation Climate Conversations, taught by Sarah Burch and Sara Harris of the University of British Columbia, in May 2013. Its broken into 10 modules: the first half of the course dealing  mainly with climate change science and models and the second half about  climate change impacts, response options, and polices.

Climate Change by University of Melbourne faculty Jon Barnett, John Freebairn, David Jamieson, Maurizio Toscano and Rachel Webster,  in August 2103.   This course develops an interdisciplinary understanding of the social, political, economic and scientific perspectives on climate change.

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

Free Online Sustainability Course “Sustainability: a global introduction”

When? Starting August 27th 2012 and running for 8 weeks

Offer through? http://www.earth.illinois.edu/class.html  Supported by Illinois School of Earth, Society, and the Environment and  Office of Online and Continuing Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and by the University of Illinois.

Content?  Examines the global forces that will determine our sustainable future covering questions like:

  • What are the biggest threats – is it loss of biodiversity, climate change, or population growth?
  • Is “peak oil” real, and can renewable sources bridge the energy gap?
  • Where are we headed – do demographics, economics, science and policy point towards a prosperous future?


Tasks? Mix of readings, short lectures, quizzes, collaborative projects and discussions. All participants who successfully complete the required activities (and tests!) will earn a completion badge.

Professor?  Dr. Jonathan Tomkin is the Associate Director of the School of Earth, Society and Environment at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The textbook is free and downloadable from the web.

More details here!     Sign up coming soon….

Eco-Librarian Classes!

The U of Wisconsin Madison, School of Library and Information Studies offered an online course in spring 2008 called:

Eco-Librarians: Changing Our Communities One Step at a Time (details)

not only is the topic green themed but offering it online is green and accessible for many more people.  I wonder if it will be offered again? any other library schools offer eco-librarian courses?

Thanks to Ralph Tomlinson for mentioning this to me.

Free Webinar: Going Green – What does it really mean?

From District Administration and University Business Leadership Series Web Seminars: Going Green: What does it really mean?

FOR: K12 and higher-ed administrators
DATE: Thursday, August 6, 2009 from  2-3 pm ET
SUMMARY: “Going Green” — It’s all about preserving resources, setting the proper example for students and, of course, saving money. Today, “going green” permeates education, from decisions about construction materials and furniture to computers and cleansers. In this web seminar we’ll take a close look at sustainability, including trends, costs, hype and promise. Who will benefit: K12 administrators and college/university managers involved with sustainability, construction, buildings and grounds management, purchasing and technology.

  • Do green initiatives have to suffer in times of budget cuts?
  • How can the federal stimulus package support green initiatives?
  • How should you incorporate sustainability in renovations?
  • What are the latest trends in LEED-certification?
  • How should schools be rated on sustainability?


  • Rachel Gutter, Senior Manager for the Schools Sector, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Mark Orlowski, Founder & Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • A roundup of green products from Products Editor Kurt Dyrli.

More info and to register.

Green Computing FREE online sessions

FREE online symposium series produced by Janet Salmons (Vison2Lead), IGI Global and Elluminate Events. Dr Ezendu Ariwa,  Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Green Computing (IJGC), will be the lead presenter for all session:

  • MAY 21, noon EST: Green Computing and Facilities Management
  • JUNE: Green Computing and Healthcare Informatics
  • JULY: Green Computing and Renewable Energy Technologies (also w/ Dr. Donald Swift-Hook)
  • AUGUST: Green Computing: What does the future hold?   (also w/ Zahl Limbuwala )

Register and more info.