Travel Calculator | Carbon Offsets

Recommended by ALA SustainRT folks, this Travel Calculator can be used estimating your carbon emissions  http://www.nativeenergy.com/travel.html Transportation comprises nearly 30% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, so estimating how much  you drive or fly can help you see your impact and maybe reconsider alternatives. You can buy carbon offsets for the traveling you do. Perhaps some places of work would offer buying carbon offsets for you if you have to travel?

Side note: this site also has a household offsets calculator as well!

IFLA Green Library Award!

Submit your Green Library project, initiative or idea… As essay, a video, a poster, an article or a set of slides — sky’s the limit! The deadline to apply for the IFLA Green Library Award has been extended to May 30, 2017.  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 83rd IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2017 in Wrocław, Poland.

 

A new column in American Libraries magazine: sustainability in libraries

A must read column Sustainability in Libraries in the American Libraries magazine, launched this month with a first post by  on sustainable thinking by convening communities and being part of the solution for a better world:

“This Sustainability in Libraries series will give our profession a chance to explore the issues surrounding sustainability more fully, learn about groundbreakers in our midst, and inspire you to think differently about the future of your community and your library”  

Eco2go reusable containers a success

eco2go_sticeker_square-3 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.