Attention SustainRT members! The Sustainability Round Table will be offering two $100 travel awards toward attendance at the ALA conference in June 2016. The awards will be granted to one current SustainRT member currently employed by a library or library-related organization, and one student currently enrolled in an M.L.I.S. program at the time of the conference.
The requirements for the student award are that applicants must:
- Be currently enrolled in an M.L.I.S. program as of the conference date.
- Submit a written essay (500 word limit) or 1-2 minute video essay on why it’s important for librarians to promote sustainability.
- Grant permission for SustainRT to post their submission to the SustainRT blog and other social media.
- Agree to write a short blog post (250-500 words) about their experience attending ALA and/or how they think that the Sustainability Round Table can encourage their fellow students to take an interest in promoting sustainability at their schools and in their communities.
Requirements for the professional award are that applicants must:
- Be a current SustainRT member.
- Be currently employed by a library or a library-related organization.
- Submit a written essay (500 word limit) or 1-2 minute video essay on a project they have undertaken to make their library greener or to promote sustainability in their community.
- Agree to write a short blog post (250-500 words) about their experience attending ALA and/or how they think that the Sustainability Round Table can encourage and support librarians who wish to promote sustainability in their libraries and communities.
Entries should be sent to email@example.com by midnight June 8, 2016.
The winner will be announced by June 15, 2016.
IFLAs ENSULIB (Environmental Sustainability and Libraries)
Winners of the IFLA Green Library Award 2016
1st Place: El Pequeño Sol ecological library (The Little Sun Ecological Library), Germinalia A.C., San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, which was found to be “a project where sustainability was in the soul of the project from the first starting of the idea until to the new library”.
— THIS STORY IS AWESOME! Worth #1 slot – a must watch —
2nd Place: City of Cockburn, Australia, which was characterized as an “excellent green building with sustainable projects”.
3rd Place: La Tierra para quien la siembra (The Land is for those who sow), Columbia, which was found to be “Good working for sustainability with the community!”
For further information:Petra Hauke (Berlin, Germany), contact person for the IFLA Green Library Award: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Harri Sahavirta (Helsinki, Finland), convener of ENSULIB: email@example.com.
The IFLA Green Library Award is to reward the best Green Library submission that communicates the library’s commitment to environmental sustainability, including creating awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education, supporting the worldwide Green Library movement, promoting the development of Green Libraries initiatives locally and worldwide, and encouraging Green Libraries to actively present their activities to an international audience
Any outstanding Green Library project, initiative or idea may apply for the IFLA Green Library Award.
- Any type of library can apply.
- The project, initiative or idea may be presented in any suitable way, for example, through an essay, a video, a poster, an article or a set of slides
- The quality and relevance of the project, initiative or idea will be evaluated by the ENSULIB committee in terms of:
Download the application form: [English – MS Word]
Applications must be submitted before 1 April 2016:
Dr. Petra Hauke, ENSULIB member
D-12107 Berlin, Germany
Submissions will be reviewed by the ENSULIB award reviewing committee and will be unbiased and neutral. The finalist will be recognized for his/her outstanding submission. The award includes € 500, sponsored by De Gruyter Saur, and will be presented at the 82nd IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Recyclemania is a competition between universities in the winter for the largest amount of recyclables per capita, largest amount of total recyclables and highest recycling rate (percent of the waste stream that is recycled). The school’s campus recycling usually weighs and measures all trash, recycling, and compost from on campus and reports it weekly during the competition. In 2015 its from February 1 – March 28. Often campuses will have a dorm or hall competition as well.
My university is competing against their rival and it’s neck and neck right now, they call it a RecycleMania Civil War, with the winner receiving the trophy made of recycled materials each year:
Of course its easier to be at a school and town that recycles almost everything!
Check out the current issue of C & RL News for a fabulous feature article “Constructive destruction: Examining the life cycle of texts through RE:BOOK” by Tagge and Booth. I saw a peek of this cool recycle and create project during a session at ACRL last spring but I was thrilled to hear more in this article. I am all about recycling books into art and offering creative opportunities for students. Through this project also surfaced the question of “when does a book outlive its intended use and what legitimately happens next?” it is an opportunity to educate users as well as do something creative, model sustainable/reuse behaviors. I have discussed altered book & creative upcycling before (here and here and here) if you are looking for other examples too. (also really like this idea of book jackets into gift bags!)
Recylcemania 2012 held its 12th annual competition, had 605 schools participate for 8 weeks this spring.
Stats for this years contest:
- 92 million lbs. of recyclables and organic materials were recovered
- prevented the release of nearly 150,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E).
- this reduction in greenhouse gases =
- annual emissions from more than 25,840 passenger cars
- electricity use of more than nearly 16,406 homes
- the burning of nearly 705 railcars’ worth of coal.
- average recycling rate for participating schools increased from 27.61%to 28.49% over the course of the tournament
- “Grand Champion” (determined by the percentage of overall waste recycled): American University- (85.16 percent) – Washington, D.C.
- “Per Capita Classic” (determined by total pounds of recyclables collected per person): Union College- (61.79 lbs.) – Schenectady, N.Y.
- “Waste Minimization” (determined by the lowest overall amount of recyclables and trash per person): Valencia College – (2.79 lbs.) – Orlando, Fla.
They also hosted the 2nd annual video contest with the theme “The Spirit of Recycling, ” where the public was invited to vote for their favorite videos posted to YouTube, the student submission from Florida State University garnered the most “likes” to win first prize followed by East Tennessee State University. Clemson University’s video received the Judges’ Award.