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!
SustainRT has been tweeting for the sustainability events at the #alaac17 conference. You can read about BillMcKibben talk yesterday or the panel this morning and stay tuned for more this afternoon…
A must read column Sustainability in Libraries in the American Libraries magazine, launched this month with a first post by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich 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”
If you missed the ALA webinar last week Bikes and Libraries: Pedaling Toward Innovative Outreach, Health, and Sustainability, you can find the recording here: https://alapublishing.webex.com/alapublishing/lsr.php?RCID=e4a51c1901aa471e88f1d35056d99ce0 and the slides. Lots of interesting ideas, resources, and awesomeness!
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.