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. 

“Greener” Conference Travel Tips

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 rechargehere 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! 

Travel offsets for librarians: resources

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: