Rachel Shea | Librarian | Sustainability

Inspiring TED Talk (from Clark U) from May 2015, by Rachel Shea, Librarian who believes “that if enough of us begin to shift our relationships to one another and Nature, we can produce enormous effects in sustaining our environment.” She gives some attainable goals we can do toward this shift!

 

Thanks Rachel – here is my tree hug ūüôā

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JSTOR Global Plants + a JSTORY video!

Check out this video from JSTOR or in other words a JSTORY! Jeanine V√©lez Gavil√°n discusses her career in botany, her passion for endangered plants, and how climate change challenges botanists today. This story is also to help¬†promote their Global Plants Initiative¬†—¬†¬†an international undertaking by leading herbaria to digitize and make available plant type specimens and other holdings used by botanists and others working in botany and other fields every day¬†with partners from¬†300 institutions,¬† 70 countries (read more). JSTOR¬†provides the¬†production, platform, technical, and promotional support to the participating Global Plants Initiative partners. You can search and view details on the collection but to view the images ¬†you must be a subscribing institution.

Switch

switch-headerCheck out the movie “Switch,” which explores a wide variety of future energy options.¬†The Geological Society of America, American Geosciences Institute, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Verizon Foundation are funding this for¬†educational organizations and institutions by the Switch Energy Project (http://switchenergyproject.com/). ¬†All they ask is that when it is shown, you report the number of people who attended.

Also check out their efficiency tips page Р some great ideas broken down by easy, medium and hard (for the champions among us!) and by category like water, food,office, etc.

Free streaming in May for film Mother

On Earth Day and continuing throughout the month of May, the film by Tiroir A Films entitled   Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (2011) will be FREE online  to view! Find out more about this 69 minute film throuhg facebook, twitter or the website.

Their Synopsis…¬†After being pushed into the shadows by converging societal forces, Mother: Caring for 7 Billion connects the dots between population growth and humanity‚Äôs most pressing social and environmental problems.¬†¬†In the film, Beth, a children rights activist and mother, helps the audience navigate through the complexities of the population issue and its barriers.¬†¬†Grounded in the theories of social scientist Riane Eisler, Mother is a gentle treatment of a complex issue that urges humanity to work together to bring about a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Watch the trailer:

Mother Caring for 7 Billion – Teaser from Tiroir A Films on Vimeo.

4th & Final – Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series on August 28

Please join us for the fourth and final webinar series on August 28, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST)
This webinar is focused on avenues for action and collaboration. You will receive an update on: new leadership of ALA’s Task Force on the Environment (TFOE) and plans for the future; the possibility and need for creating a Library Sustainability Toolkit; library sustainability related presentations, research and articles with the potential for collaboration. There will be an opportunity to contribute to an open discussion and facilitated brainstorming session on the next steps to advance the sustainability front in libraries. Each of us holds part of the answer!

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Recycling Videos for Campus

Questions often arise from our library staff on what can and cannot be recycled on campus. Recently two  members of our Green Library Team (we also both create videos for the library!)  decided to answer these questions by interviewing the manager of Waste Reduction and Recycling on campus at UNCG and create a set of short videos on various topics. We pushed these topics though our library blogs and feeds over the past academic year. They were created for the library, but are relevant to the whole campus and now are linked on the OWRR website and were pushed thought the campus Youtube feeds. A useful way to show how the library is an effective disseminator of information, uses technology to reach users, and model good environmentally friendly behaviors!

Here is the first video:

Others to view are:

Green Leak: Plastics

Green Leak: Paper,Cardboard and Chipboard

Green Leak: Office Paper Recycling

Green Leak: Electronic (E-Waste) Recycling

Green Leak: Recycling at UNCG – Dining Services

Green Leak: Construction Waste