Sustainability in Public Libraries

Creating a hub for resilient and sustainable community culture is a short column in American Libraries, providing advice for how and why public libraries can be and should be a place for resource, support and opportunities for their communities including examples such as seed libraries, co-working spaces in libraries, and community commons.

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 Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest Conference

 Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest Conference

What: This is a conference on Applying Psychological & Psycho-Social-Spiritual Models to Build Human Resilience for Climate Shocks & Stressors
When: Wed/Thurs Nov 15-16 2017
Where: University Place Conference Center, Portland State University (Oregon)
More Info: http://www.theresourceinnovationgroup.org/pnw-2017-conference/ 
Cost:   Full Rate $375 | ITRC Member Rate $285 | Early-Bird Discount Rate (ends Sept.15) $295

REGISTER HERE! 

Travel Calculator | Carbon Offsets

Recommended by ALA SustainRT folks, this Travel Calculator can be used estimating your carbon emissions  http://www.nativeenergy.com/travel.html Transportation comprises nearly 30% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, so estimating how much  you drive or fly can help you see your impact and maybe reconsider alternatives. You can buy carbon offsets for the traveling you do. Perhaps some places of work would offer buying carbon offsets for you if you have to travel?

Side note: this site also has a household offsets calculator as well!

Triple Bottom Line

Librarian Gary Shaffer (who’s book Creating the Sustainable Public Library: The Triple Bottom Line Approach, will be published in early 2018) wrote this short column for American Libraries magazine. Triple bottom line sustainability is a framework that looks holistically at environmental, economic and social aspects. He shares a few ideas on how libraries can lead the way for their communities and ensure they themselves thrive well into the future.

ENSULIB hosts satellite meeting in Berlin in August – register now

IFLA conference is coming soon! The Environment, Sustainability and Libraries (ENSULIB) a special interest group under IFLAThey will be hosting a two-day satellite meeting to be held in Berlin, Germany August 16-17, 2017.  Space is limited so please register  soon.

Theme: “Collaborative Strategies for Successful Green Libraries: Buildings, Management, Programs and Services”

Where: Philological Library, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

The program, hotel information, and registration is all on the conference website.
Speakers are coming from Brazil, Cameroon, Finland, Germany, Kenya, Spain, Uganda, and USA.

The winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2017 will also be presented.

3 Upcoming Free Climate Strategy webinars!

How Can We Realize the Paris Climate Protection Targets in the Trump Era? 
Climate Insurgency. Public Trust. Just Transition.   Deepen the effectiveness of our groups and movements with ideas, experience and organizing strategy featured in the new book, Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual presented by the author and Labor Network for Sustainability co-founder, Jeremy Brecher.  With guest presenters:  Julia Olsen, Executive Director, Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust & Richard Lipsit, President, Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CI

1) Climate Insurgency: Monday June 265:30-6:30pm Pacific/8:30-9:30 Eastern 

An intro to Climate Insurgency strategy, weaving together many strands of climate organizing–mass nonviolent direct action, freezing fossil fuel infrastructure, public trust, and just transition–into a global strategic framework.

2) Public Trust: Wednesday July 55:30-6:30pm Pacific/ 8:30-9:30 Eastern 

How can we “flip the script” in our nonviolent direct actions, making it clear that the fossil fuel industry and the government that does their bidding are unlawful, and that we are upholding the constitution and the public trust? Use of the Public Trust Doctrine for climate protection has been pioneered by young people represented by Our Children’s Trust. With Julia Olsen, Executive Director, Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust

3) Just Transition: Monday July 105:30-6:30pm Pacific/ 8:30-9:30 Eastern 

How can we organize to avoid letting our opponents pit jobs, workers, and unions against climate, water and community protection? How can we build “just transition” that includes a better future for workers who produce and use fossil fuels, construction workers who build fossil fuel infrastructure, and communities that depend on them? With Richard Lipsit, President. Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO