Looking for a place to recycle or upcycle all our used coffee bags, I found this site called TRASHeBAGS.I was really excited to read more about this small company that is located in one of my favorite states Colorado as well as :
- Employs people in the USA
- Provides occupations for disabled individuals
- Raises household awareness of upcycle opportunities
- Makes products from 90% repurposed items. Yes, upcycles trash.
They are looking for items you can donate as individuals as well as looking to schools or scout troops – maybe a LIBRARY? – to organize a collection. They have some partners already. You can read more about them and their plans for the future. Follow their blog for resources, info and updates too.
Of course you can also check out their store where you can buy all sorts of cool bags, purses, wallets etc.
(PS TerraCycle is another great place for recycling, er “eliminating the idea of waste” but they are not collecting coffee bags now unfortunately)
Check out this new book by Mandy Henk Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Path to a Carbon-free Library coming out this summer from ALA but you can order now & you should! The online summary says:
n the first book to seriously examine the future of libraries in a climate reality-based context, Henk convincingly argues that building a carbon-free future for libraries is not only essential but eminently practical. Using the “three E’s” of sustainability (ecology, economy, equity) as a foundation, she traces the development of sustainability from its origins in the 1970s to the present, laying out a path librarians can take at their own institutions to begin the process of building a carbon-free library. Rooted in the latest science but firmly focused on concrete action, her book”
I heard Mandy speak as a keynote at the Social Entrepreneurship in Action: the 2013 Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians on Libraries and the Triple Bottom Line and she had some fantastic ideas I had not even thought about myself. (Check out her Prezi)
Love the new pocket guide for sustainability practices at my university! Has quick tips, short to read even for today’s college student 🙂 Great little hand out, giving to classes in the library – especially now that more and more of them are doing projects with sustainability themes!
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development puts out a free newsletter: Sustainable Development in Action. Volume 2, Issue 2 – February 2014 was just released, concentrating on actions from members of Rio+20 (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development). There is a call to “Share your Sustainable Development in Action” for one of their upcoming Newsletter issues.
Also worth checking out is their searchable Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Note: IFLA is involved in the creation of these UN sustainable development goals!
The National Academies Press has released this FREE pdf of this book Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises (2013) but you can buy the paperback to add to your library collections as well. The well-respected established authors are from the Committee on Understanding and Monitoring Abrupt Climate Change and Its Impacts; Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Research Council. This 200+ page book notes the primary abrupt changes to be concerned about the most and those most of concern for humans, with ideas for moving forward. It also gives some quality reference links and a solid summary of those committee members writing the document. Click on the Related Resources tab to find some short summary and report as well as a visual slideshow of examples of abrupt climate change for those looking for a more visual summary. The Multimedia tab offers a video (embed below too) of findings and recommendations.
Climate is changing, forced out of the range of the past million years by levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases not seen in the Earth’s atmosphere for a very, very long time. Lacking action by the world’s nations, it is clear that the planet will be warmer, sea level will rise, and patterns of rainfall will change. But the future is also partly uncertain — there is considerable uncertainty about how we will arrive at that different climate. Will the changes be gradual, allowing natural systems and societal infrastructure to adjust in a timely fashion? Or will some of the changes be more abrupt, crossing some threshold or “tipping
From Library Juice Press website – I can’t wait to see the book and review for myself but knowing the editor I know it will be a good resource to have!
Editor: Maria A. Jankowska
Published: February 2014
Printed on acid-free paper
In the last ten years, literature on greening libraries has expanded considerably. Furthermore, by signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, university presidents and chancellors committed their institutions to finding new solutions to environmental, economic, and social issues through their teaching, research, and service operations. Since 2007, higher education has observed exponential growth of programs integrating sustainability literacy into teaching and research. Academic libraries must respond to this increasing focus on educating for sustainability and go beyond greening libraries to become active partners in advancing education and research for sustainability.
This edited collection captures the current status and future direction of libraries’ commitment to advance the focus of educating for sustainability. It is designed as a toolkit offering a wide range of best practices, case studies, and activities ready for implementation within academic libraries.
Saving the Life Keepers, is a 62 minute documentary about the new science of sustainable beekeeping from Monde Films. The goal is to empower and educate local citizens, farmers, small and large businesses – as well as those involved in beekeeping – on how to help protect and preserve bee populations globally. The documentary states it offers practical solutions such as : utilizing the biodiversity of plants, mass plantings of protein rich flowers, Queen bee organic mating yards, how to fight bee parasites and diseases without chemicals and antibiotics and how beekeepers work successfully with productive and resistant Africanized bees. This documentary was an official selection of the Life Sciences Film Festival in Prague 2013 Watch the trailer below to find out more: