JSTOR Sustainability is a new online resource that brings together journals, policy research and books on the topic of environmental sustainability and resilience – topics from agricultural economics to green energy, and from climatology to sustainable business practices. It was built in collaboration with think tanks, publishers, universities and researchers including American Meteorological Society, the International Association for Energy Economics, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Centre for European Policy Studies. (read more here)
Most of us think about climate change. We may even have a nagging worry about it in the back of our mind. But how often do we actually verbalize our feelings about it in a meaningful way with other human beings?Due to the sheer scope and seemingly impossible global challenges climate change poses, most of us would rather pretend it doesn’t exist, let alone have a meaningful conversation about it. But climate change is a reality our generation and the next will live with, whether we want to or not.
As hubs of our communities, libraries and library workers are in the unique position of being able to act as advocates to help our patrons with the process of acknowledging and accepting the very real effects of climate change, and aid them in developing the skills necessary to live and cope with the current and future realities of a climate change(d) world.In this workshop, Madeleine Charney (UMass, Amherst Library) and Jodi Shaw (Brooklyn Public Library) will lay out a simple framework library workers can use to get people to start people talking about a topic that most of us would rather not think about.This workshop takes place at METRO in NYC and is open to all LIS students and library workers.Mon, April 24, 2017 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
Hopefully you are a member of the Sustainability Round Table and if so, make sure you VOTE!
Check out the slate of candidates and SustainRT Blog post for the two nominees for Coordinator-elect: Uta Hussong-Christian and Amy Brunvand. Also running for Member at Large (profiles to be included on the blog soon): Susan Conlon, Princeton Public Library & Carol Sevin, Kansas State University
If you missed the March 9th SustainRTwebinar with Amy Brunvand presenting on “STARS and Beyond: Adventures of an embedded Librarian in the Campus Sustainability Office,” be sure to watch the RECORDING and check out the follow up Q&A document!
Mark your calendar and register for the next webinar on Thursday, June 8, 2017, 12:15-12:45pm (eastern) with Bob Doppelt – Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing
If you missed the webinar yesterday – Beyond Doom and Gloom: Include Solutions to Climate Change by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) it was wonderful, but it was recorded and please watch it when you have time.
Description – Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert materials to engage students in current and future policy solutions that can be used in any course and in any discipline. Watch this webinar to see how you can be part of reducing doom and gloom and share opportunities for progress.
Links and Materials
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]
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.”