Does your campus use STARS to document its sustainability progress?

Passing on this important message from the SustainRT list for those in academic libraries, from Madeleine, Coordinator Elect, SustainRT

This is an opportunity (or an awareness exercise) !

Does your campus use STARS to document its sustainability progress?

Not sure? Then check THIS LINK and see if your institution is listed.

1) If your campus has completed the version 2.0 report (most recent), take a look at section A-10 Support for Research.

Three questions at the end focus on the library’s contributions to sustainability research/learning.

a- Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?
b- A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research and learning
c- The website URL where information about the institution’s library support for sustainability is available

What was filled out in these fields?

2) If your campus is still using version 1.2, a great opportunity awaits your library — to shine as a contributor to this forward momentum! Might you play a role in providing information for version 2.0?

Finally, this new library category is a reminder of why it’s important for library people to be involved with AASHE, the organization that oversees STARS.


AASHE 2014!

aashe_2014Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2014 is hosting is Conference & Expo  themed Innovation for Sustainable Economies & Communities which starts next week October 26-29 in Portland, OR. What a great lined up a keynotes:

  • Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA Executive Director and “Story of Stuff” creator, featured keynote

  • Marcelo Bonta, founder of Environmental Professionals of Color and the Center for Diversity & the Environment, Monday keynote

  • Rob Bennett, founder and CEO of EcoDistricts, Tuesday keynote

  • Andy Keller, president and founder of ChicoBags, opening Student Summit keynote

  • Anna Lappé, national bestselling author and sustainable food advocate, closing Student Summit keynote

Of course the conference schedule looks fabulous, love the student participation too.  They have an easy to search schedule such as by track or presenter or format.

A search for sessions related somehow to libraries came up with:

  • 10/27/2014 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM – Using co-instruction to enhance information literacy in sustainability education, Meghann E. Jarchow, Sustainability Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, “This model of co-instruction and supplementary course material by Sustainability and Library faculty is beneficial to student learning because it helps students link the sustainability content while developing greater information literacy skills….”
  • 10/28/2014 1:40 PM – 2:00 PM  – Road Scholars: Promoting a Car-Free On-Campus Experience with Bikes,  Shane Tedder, Sustainability Coordinator, University of Kentucky, Lexington , Kentucky, “The Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library has 10 years of experience in providing free bicycle check-out and on-campus repair service at the University of Kentucky…”
  • 10/27/2014 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM How can an Academic Library support a University’s Sustainability Plan? (poster), Elena Maans, MLIS Sustainability Coordinator, Dominican University, Forest Park, Illinois, “The discussion will be facilitated by a Public Services Librarian and a Sustainability Coordinator who will outline how they are collaborating to meet the sustainability goals of the University…”

I saw on the SustainRT facebook page that: Elena Maans is facilitating a networking meeting for librarians and sustainability professionals on Monday October 27th from 1pm to 2pm in room B112.

**if there are librarian speakers at this event please comment here and let me know! I hope we get some good summaries (or a webinar?) shared from those in attendance! ***

AASHE 2014 – call for proposals!

aashe2014AASHE 2014: Innovation for Sustainable Economies & Communities is  open for proposals due Feb 28 2014.  The conference will be held in Portland, OR October 26-29.  There is a growing number of  librarians involved in AASHE and I encourage  other academic librarians to consider a proposal for this conference! AASHE is the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s and is a membership association of colleges & universities, businesses, and nonprofits who are working together to lead the sustainability transformation. Learn more about AASHE’s mission here.

AASHE Conference & Awards Finalists


The AASHE Conference & Expo is coming up in October 6-9, in Nashville, TN. There are a couple librarians presenting at the conference: (9/20/13 update) Bonnie Smith will be presenting instead for this session  Dr Maria Jankowska on Librarians as Partners and  Madeleine Charney on The Library and You: sharing our vision,

Check out some of the AASHE 2013 Finalist for the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award, Student Sustainability Leadership Award, and Student Research on Campus , which will be awarded at the conference.

Can’t attend? Follow the conference on twitter or  facebook !

Calling all Academic Librarians – feedback needed!

Please add feedback to STARS 2.0 (background info) before Fri. 11/30 6pm PST. All the info to plug in is below — or add your own comments! Help AASHE see that libraries are a vital part of sustainability!   Anyone can comment. You don’t have to be an AASHE member.

1) Go to the  Public comment form

2) Select: Individual

3) Select Other: Academic Librarian (or whatever title you choose to use)

4) STARS subcategory: Research

5) Enter text box:  ER 10: Support for Research (tweak if you wish!)

Librarians as a resource and partner in research, teaching, and outreach to support sustainability across the campus, including curriculum development, sustainability literacy, materials selection, research guides, and e-learning objects, covering topics related to social equity, diversity, and the environment. The preservation and sharing of campus sustainability output via the Institutional Repository that has global reach.

By 6pm PST – Friday Nov 30 2012

See the original text  (go to section ER10 B. #4)

AASHE 2012 Registration Ends Oct 8

Only ONE WEEK LEFT for registration as Monday, October 8, is the last day to register for AASHE 2012. Register Now! The conference is always packed with good information, networking, and ideas! Some great keynotes too like L. Hunter Lovins talking about “Innovation in Higher Education: Leading the Change; and the ”  The Crossroads Project, a live musical performance along with physicist Dr Robert Davies combining music, information and intellect for a unique  session! There are plenary speakers, Lunch Meetings, networking events, and of course the conference sessions…I hope some are by librarians but there was no way to search and find sessions by librarians. So if you are presenting or know of something there, comment here or send me an email!