Online certificate to integrate education for sustainable development…

Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development has a new online certificate program on education for sustainable development  in collaboration with the UN Mandated University for Peace.

This Online Certificate Diploma is designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge, and skills to integrate Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship into classrooms, schools, and curricula with depth and creativity. It contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a specific focus on SDG 4, target SDG 4.7 .  The Certificate Program has a duration of five months and consists of four courses plus five seminars. Each course consists of five sessions (one per week) with a minimum hourly load per participant about 124 hours, which involves 4 hours per week to read and see all the materials per session, plus the time for the seminars, and the preparation and implementation of a final project (individually or in group). Find out more here! 

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Duel Purpose Upcycling idea!

photo from/of Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Country Walk Branch

I love this idea I read in the Programming Librarian newsletter.  Crafty events are fun. Crafty events with recycled materials is a win win.  Crafy events with recycled materials that are giving a useful resource to those in need tops it all!

At the Miami-Dade public library system “Helping Hands is an arts and crafts program that meets the needs of two communities — older adults and homeless populations — at the same time. Older adult participants socialize at the library while they make sleeping mats from upcycled plastic bags. The mats are then given to nearby homeless populations.”

Interested in learning more: The article on the Programming Librarians site give detailed instructions, planning guidelines, marketing tips, advice, a video on how to, budget (for this one ZERO!), and a nice write up on the library in the right nav bar (check out the link “Photo Slide Show” that pops up some images from their event)

Information for our survival: LIS and Climate Change

Thanks Ayoola White for an excellent LIS student blog post “Information for Our Survival: LIS and Climate Change.”   A MUST READ for everyone, here is a quote I liked:

“These are grim times indeed, but I for one would like to highlight what we can do, not just what we cannot do or what our obstacles are. As hackneyed as this sounds, this is the only planet we have. Those of us who consider climate change a threat and want to do something about it are in the majority. Furthermore, scientists and politicians are not the only people who have influence in this area. We as information professionals have important contributions to make. I believe that we can make those contributions using the same creativity we use to address the other community issues that we address so expertly.”

Also appreciated her reply in the comments section, including her TuTu quote 🙂

apply to be an AASHE Mentor

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is looking for mentors to serve for one year.  If your institution is an AASHE member, please consider applying to be either a mentor or mentee. Let’s get a pool of librarians (and library school students! ) in this program.  Mentors provide mentees with general guidance and support, and, if desired, advice in implementing a specific project. Mentors and mentees connect approximately once a month over the course of a year through virtual meetings, phone calls or in-person at our annual conference & expo. At the conclusion of the one-year term, mentees are expected to share a case study or other materials resulting from the project through the Campus Sustainability Hub.  More info on the program can be found here:  http://bit.ly/2ujL2MK

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!