A little over a year ago my campus started using Eco3Go reusable containers for all housing and dining places around campus. (read more here) It exciting to discover that over 400,000 disposable to-go containers were saved from the landfill in the last year! This year ‘s goal is to exceed that : ) There are over a dozen return locations around campus including the library.
A collection of tips from posts from the past:
- Bring your own water bottle – You can fly with it – go through security with it empty and fill up on the other side! Many airports refill stations.
- Bring your own coffee mug – Many places offers discounts for BYOM
- Bring your own reusable utensils – like these To-go ware options … and toss in a cloth napkin too.
- Bring a solar panel to recharge – here is the one I have.
- Bring your own snacks on the plane or rail or car .. and for hotel room: snack mix, fruit, granola bars, nuts, instant oatmeal, popcorn (Usually its cheaper, better and healthier!)
- Find options other than flying – can you carpool, train, bus … bike? take a boat? 🙂
- Try public transportation – from the airport, and around town.
- When eating out try for local, sustainable, eco-friendly places – often times someone attending the conference creates a list if you look around for it – and remember you can always ask a place about their policies!
- Limit your swag and picking up promotional materials or handouts that will just be tossed. Can you access the handouts online? Do you really need extra plastic swag? Also note, if you are flying, carrying all that material back home uses energy which really does add up if everyone were to bring back a few extra pounds.
- Take a break and meditate
- Join the Sustainability Round Table of ALA (SustainRT) events!
After listening to a recent webinar talk by David Selden (of the National Indian Law Library) for the American Library Association’s SustainRT I wanted to share some of the travel off set resources he provided.
As he spoke about the founding of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability under the American Association of Law Libraries, their activities include a Conference Travel Offset Project and a Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries (read more) The December 1 webinar recording and his slides are available, and here are so recommended resources:
Check out this short video clip of Rebekkah Smith Aldrich SustainRT’s Member-at-Large, discussing the power of libraries to foster resilient communities: https://vimeo.com/183476716
Just read about this super interesting new method to deliver a digital library that comes with its own Wi-Fi hotspot – useful for many rural areas around the globe.
Arizona State University professor Laura Hosman in the Schools of Engineering and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society created this innovative device, the Solar Powered Educational Learning Library, known as SolarSPELL
WHAT IS IT? A digital library full of educational resources that generates its own Wi-Fi signal and solar power though any internet-capable device, such as an iPad, laptop or smartphone. AKA – a self-powered plug-and-play kit, portable enough to fit into a backpack.
I love this initiative happening on campus through our Student Sustainability Initiative’s Adopt-a-Bottle program. The Purpose: (1) Increase accessibility of drinking tap water on campus; (2) Repurpose unclaimed bottles to avoid waste
Currently, unclaimed water bottles are sent to Surplus where they are cataloged, held in lost and found for 30 days, and then put up for sale but there is an excess of bottles that are never sold. The adopt-a-bottle program would take those unclaimed excess water bottles, have them thoroughly sanitized (by Housing and Dining, according to the local Health Department regulations), and make them available to campus students, faculty, and staff for free. The bottles will have a seal/sticker over the top to indicate it has been sanitized and part of the project. Then, they will be available for people to take if they do not have their own reusable bottle because they cannot afford one, lost one, or just forgot their bottle that day.
The main location is the library – the heaviest traffic, the largest building, and the only building opened 24/5!
You can now hear the 30-minute recording of SustainRT‘s 9/15/16 webinar…
Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities
This was a recap from our panel presentation at ALA 2016. Speakers included:
- Jodi Shaw, children’s librarian, Brooklyn Public Library
- Madeleine Charney, sustainability studies librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Mary Beth Lock, director of Access Services, Wake Forest University
- Ray Pun, first year student success librarian, California State University, FresnoPast webinar recordings are available here: