Tweens and Teens Go Green! Art Programming Ideas Online Workshop

gogreenteensValeria Colston is offering another fabulous online workshop  “Tweens and Teens Go Green! Art Programming Ideas Online Workshop.”  Attending will help you “build a portfolio of ideas for creating innovative green art projects and programming.” Many Tweens and Teens are already green and have an  appreciation and sensitivity to going green.  This workshops will give you an opportunity to offer and share some fun and educational art projects and programming

Details:  4 weeks/12 hour, online, with illustrated lecture, discussion board topics, and class assignments

Cost: $59.00 (Library Invoices accepted)

Deadline: Sign up by November 1, 2013.

Instructor:   Valerie Colston, M.A., author and art professor with many years of experience developing and teaching art programs in libraries in San Diego, California and author of   Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools, and Themes for Young Adult Programming Libraries Unlimited Dec. 2012 and 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills

Webcast: “Reaching Sustainability with Online Library Instruction: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”

Free webcast offered by the Blended Librairan Online Community called “Reaching Sustainability with Online Library Instruction: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”   on February 21st, 2013 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET.  Presenter is Heidi Steiner, Head of Digital and Distance Education Services and Assistant Professor at the Kreitzberg Library at Norwich University. Sign up now! 


Sustainability is not just about fuel efficient cars, composting and ethically sourced food. The concept is also readily applicable to library instruction programs, many of which are on unsustainable paths. Incorporating more online instruction holds great promise, but does not have to mean expensive tutorial creation software and web conferencing suites, expansive embedded librarian initiatives, or burnt out teaching librarians at mid-semester. This webcast will provide practical tips and resources for creative, cost-effective and sustainable online library instruction using the cycle of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Sign up now!! online course for academic librarians on forming library action plan for sustainable engagement

Sign up now!  For the Library Juice Academy  online two week workshop focusing on the role of the academic librarian in the sustainability movement:   The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement.  This workshops ( for .75 credits/$90 )  will guide you  through a practical process for becoming actively engaged in sustainable activities on your campus with reading assignments, exercises, and participation in a forum to connect and inspire. Topics  include: “Temperature Check” of Your Institution, Finding Your Allies, Library as Common Space, and Bridge Building Tools.   The wonderful  instructor Madeleine Charney is the  Sustainability Studies Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who has presented at the   Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference – “Getting Closer: The Librarian, the Curriculum and the Office of Sustainability; ”  and this  past year she co-facilitated  (with me!) a 4-part webinar series  “Libraries for Sustainability.”

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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Free Online Sustainability Course “Sustainability: a global introduction”

When? Starting August 27th 2012 and running for 8 weeks

Offer through?  Supported by Illinois School of Earth, Society, and the Environment and  Office of Online and Continuing Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and by the University of Illinois.

Content?  Examines the global forces that will determine our sustainable future covering questions like:

  • What are the biggest threats – is it loss of biodiversity, climate change, or population growth?
  • Is “peak oil” real, and can renewable sources bridge the energy gap?
  • Where are we headed – do demographics, economics, science and policy point towards a prosperous future?


Tasks? Mix of readings, short lectures, quizzes, collaborative projects and discussions. All participants who successfully complete the required activities (and tests!) will earn a completion badge.

Professor?  Dr. Jonathan Tomkin is the Associate Director of the School of Earth, Society and Environment at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The textbook is free and downloadable from the web.

More details here!     Sign up coming soon….

Libraries for Sustainability Webinar #3….

If you missed it… here is the link to the third webinar recording  and the document created and used by Madeleine Charney “A Sustainability Librarian’s Manifesto: Your “Take Action” Checklist

Tuesday  June 12, 2012  from 2pm-3pm (EST)

In this third webinar, we will discuss and share opportunities for engagement in professional library organizations and other groups which might provide a forum to share sustainability best practices such as discussion groups, task forces, committees and social activities. Share your experiences with tools such as LinkedIn and listservs, organizations such as AASHE, ARL, ACRL, as well as state and regional associations. How can we initiate contact with such groups? Where shall we focus? How do we address the diverse needs of libraries in all sectors: public, academic, school, special and other? Come prepared to discuss and offer ideas for specific recommendations for successful sustainability activities within professional library organizations.

There will be the option for a group to convene in another virtual room for an ALA-focused discussion — in particular, the future of Task Force on the Environment (TFOE). Plans are already underway for a face-to-face social gathering at the upcoming ALA Annual conference to consider how to best advance the sustainability message within our libraries and associations.

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Recylcemania 2012 Results

Recylcemania 2012 held its 12th annual competition, had 605 schools participate for 8 weeks this spring.

Stats for this years contest:

  • 92 million lbs. of recyclables and organic materials were recovered
  • prevented the release of nearly 150,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E).
  • this reduction in greenhouse gases =
    • annual emissions from more than 25,840 passenger cars
    • electricity use of more than nearly 16,406 homes
    • the burning of nearly 705 railcars’ worth of coal.
  •  average recycling rate for participating schools increased from 27.61%to 28.49%  over the course of the tournament

The Winners:

  • “Grand Champion” (determined by the percentage of overall waste recycled): American University- (85.16 percent) – Washington, D.C.
  •  “Per Capita Classic” (determined by total pounds of recyclables collected per person): Union College- (61.79 lbs.) – Schenectady, N.Y.
  • “Waste Minimization” (determined by the lowest overall amount of recyclables and trash per person): Valencia College – (2.79 lbs.) – Orlando, Fla.

They also hosted the 2nd annual video contest with the theme “The Spirit of Recycling, ”  where the public was invited to vote for their favorite  videos posted to YouTube, the student submission from Florida State University garnered the most “likes” to win first prize followed by East Tennessee State University. Clemson University’s video received the Judges’ Award.

Libraries for Sustainability: Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries Webinar 4/24/12

For those who attended live or missed the session, the Libraries for Sustainability: Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries Webinar was recorded!

Contact facilitators & presenters:

  • Madeleine Charney –
  • Bonnie Smith –
  • Beth Filar Williams –
  • Kathryn Miller –
  • Marianne Buehler –
  • Laura Barnes –
  • Mandy Henk –

Next Webinar: June 12, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Preparing for ALA Annual and options for future collaboration in various organizations

Virtual Sustainability Summit

Virtual Sustainability Summit

“Learn fun, inspiring ways you can engage your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to build a community that puts sustainability first”
Virtual and Live Events from March 26 – June 22 with world-class sustainability: Jane Goodall, Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Van Jones, John Robbins, Hazel Henderson, Frances Moore Lappé, John Perkins, Thom Hartmann, Aqeela Sherrills, Julia Butterfly Hill, etc. This is a FREE event lasting over 3 months.  Produced by The Shift Network in partnership with the Sustainable World Coalition.

Get all the details and sign up for here!

You can join the Summit at any point, and will have access to all of the live recordings for viewing, listening, and downloading after the live calls.

From the Living Mandala, Organizing Education, Events & Initiatives for Personal & Planetary Transformation

Green Maps

Stony Brook University’s Sustainability Task Force created this green map to “better spread the word and inform people of all the wonderful programs and projects that are either already completed or currently underway” in that university area.  The interactive maps has icons by topic such as Admin, Cultural Awareness, Decreases of Carbon Footprint, Energy Consumption, Transportation, etc which you can click on to include or remove from the map. It also lists specific green initiatives (showing the icon) and provides more information about these initiatives.  You can  mouse over  icons on the map and see the topic and click on the link for more information.

Google maps allows users to create custom maps that can be shared with others. A library could create a map of their campus or community area, with icons representing topics or categories, and more information/links, to help guide people to green programs, projects and resources in their area. Any library doing something like this already?

Here is a video explain how to create My Map in Google Maps: