Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity, Partnerships – in other words – the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development goals: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300 Many of these goals libraries can be a part of for resources, knowledge and action:
Also be sure to download the Agenda — a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom, We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
Environmental Sustainability for Libraries (ENSULIB) had a very successful and well-attended session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio last week. The group welcomed research from Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and the US, and presenting the IFLA Green Library Award for 2016, which included 30 submissions. First place went to Pequeño Sol ecological library, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico, for its new crowdfunded and community-constructed building extension that incorporates renewable energies and recycled materials. Read the summary from American Libraries magazine.
Save the date: ENSULIB will hold a two-day meeting in Berlin August 16-17, 2017. This directly precedes the IFLA conference in Wroclaw, Poland. Follow them on Facebook
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!
SustainRT plans to introduce a resolution at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco that will raise the profile of the role libraries can play in fostering sustainable, resilient and regenerative communities. By leveraging the national stage that is ALA Annual we have an opportunity to help broaden our message amongst the membership and therefore to libraries across the world.
We see this as an excellent entry point to introduce ourselves, our mission and to create a larger coalition working on optimizing our library buildings, services and outreach efforts with a sustainable lens.
Our draft resolution is modeled on the New York Library Association’s resolution (found here: http://www.nyla.org/max/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=1031&MenuKey=news) which was passed by NYLA Council in February 2014.
To that end we are soliciting input on the draft resolution, viewable here: http://bit.ly/1AFfBsa
Please send comments to Rebekkah: firstname.lastname@example.org by APRIL 10, 2015
Excited that all the hard work to get the Sustainability Round Table of ALA up and running, finally paid off and we are official now with elected officers:
- Ashley Jones as our Coordinator
- Madeleine Charney as Coordinator-Elect
- Treasurer Betsy Evans
- Secretary Matt Bollerman
- Members at Large: Rebecca Aldrich Smith + Eileen Harrington
Find out more on our website, and other ways to stay in the loop (thanks to our webmaster Carrie Moran:)
The ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) is the newest professional forum within the American Library Association. The motion to create a sustainability round table was passed unanimously by ALA Council at Midwinter 2013 in Seattle.
SustainRT was created as a venue in which members exchange ideas and opportunities regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy and economically viable society. The mission of the organization is to provide resources for the library community to support sustainability through curriculum development; collections; exhibits; events; advocacy, communication, library buildings and space design. SustainRT is open to all ALA members and will include both individual members and organizational members. An interim Steering Committee is in the process of creating by-laws.
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development puts out a free newsletter: Sustainable Development in Action. Volume 2, Issue 2 – February 2014 was just released, concentrating on actions from members of Rio+20 (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development). There is a call to “Share your Sustainable Development in Action” for one of their upcoming Newsletter issues.
Also worth checking out is their searchable Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Note: IFLA is involved in the creation of these UN sustainable development goals!