FREE SustainRT Webinar March 9: Adventures of an embedded Librarian in the Campus Sustainability Office

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REGISTER NOW for the March 9th, 12:15 – 12:45 PM EST webinar when Amy Brunvand will present, “STARS and Beyond:  Adventures of an embedded Librarian in the Campus Sustainability Office.”

About the webinar: During the past year Amy Brunvand, an academic librarian at the University of Utah, has been on leave from the library in order to work out of the campus Sustainability Office.   Her main project was helping to compile a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) report ,a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance that is used for ranking by Sierra Magazine and Princeton Green Schools among others.   Along the way she gained insights into what drives campus sustainability and how academic libraries and librarians can get involved in and offer support to sustainability efforts across the whole campus organization.   [30 mins]

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Librarian Amy Brunvand waits for the bus in an air pollution filter mask that was distributed as part of a University of Utah student project to call attention to air quality problems.

 

Bio: Amy Brunvand is an academic librarian and government information specialist at the University of Utah where she has spent the past year on leave working out of the campus Sustainability Office.  Besides librarianship, she writes a monthly environmental news column for Catalyst magazine (catalystmagazine.net).  She also writes poetry, and her poems have recently appeared in Dark Mountain, Kudzu House Quarterly, saltfront, Terrain.org and the anthology “Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in our Hands.”

FREE webinar: Beyond Doom and Gloom – Include Solutions to Climate Change

Mainly academic focused but could be useful to any educator!


webinar Beyond DoomBeyond Doom and Gloom: Include Solutions to Climate Change
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST

Registration link:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2860146782187308801

 

Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts and not sure how to help create significant improvements? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert curricular materials to engage students in current and future solutions that can be used in any course and in any discipline. Join us to see how you can be part of reducing doom and gloom and share opportunities for progress.

Brought to you by DANS (Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability) and HEASC (Higher Education Associations’ Sustainability Consortium).

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. 

Librarians March in Solidarity

Are you going to DC or one of the many locations around the globe this weekend? Environmental justice is justice for all and it’s listed as one of the unifying principles: https://www.womensmarch.com/principles/ 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed – especially at the risk of public safety and health.

 The official Mission and Vision for the weekend’s March

We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

OUR MISSION

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

HEAR OUR VOICE.

“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! 

Climate Data Harvest Project: what you can do

A blog post by the Issues and Advocacy RoundTable of the Society of American Archivists discuses what can archivist do regarding concerns about federal and environmental data with a ProjectARCC leader sharing some news and updates and ideas: “In the past few weeks, institutions such as the University of Toronto and the Penn Environmental Humanities Lab began to organize hackathons in order to seed the End of Term Web Archive project with climate and environmental webpages, and determine ways to effectively copy large data sets.”  The PR has grown (climatologist Eric Holthaus has been tweeting and the Washington Post and Vice wrote stories about it)

What can you do/learn more:

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: