Gulf Oil Spill… what else can you do?

Support the Gulf Coast Surveillance Teams through the National Wildlife Federation who is going to monitor the 10,000+ miles of coastal wetlands, marshes and beaches for signs of the oil spill’s impact to the ecosystems of the Gulf by collecting data and assisting with restoration efforts.

What do they need? (from the NWF website)

  • 200 GPS units (marine and shore) – The Surveillance Teams are making observations both along the shore and on open water that are based on coordinates.
  • Digital Cameras – Many of our volunteers have them, but many do not, so we are hoping to set up a loaner program for digital cameras.
  • Gift Cards to purchase items – To help us fill in the holes of necessary supplies, gift cards are a very useful thing to donate, preferably to Dicks, Cabalas, REI, Staples, Office Depot, Target, Walmart or other stores that provide the materials below.
  • Kit materials for volunteers – (Need about 400 of each item to get started)
    – Clipboards
    – Laminate sheets or machine
    – Sunscreen
    – Gas gift cards
    – Water Bottles
    – Backpacks
    – Bug repellent or jackets
    – Hats
    – Pens

Send donations to:

National Wildlife Federation
Attn: Oil Spill Volunteer Network
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190

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Better World Books News

I posted about Better World Books back in January, but I want to mention something I just read about this socially responsible company. The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire just posted about them saying they “distributed more than $470,000 in proceeds from its Library Discards & Donations Program to hundreds of city, county and university libraries in 2007…” Better World Books has now collected items from over 900 libraries and generated over $1.4 million in funding for libraries in the last 5 years (as well as additional $2.7 million for non-profit literacy initiatives.) Also note they have saved 6,454 tons of books from ending up in landfills and 1725 tons of carbon offsets through carbon-neutral shipping.  WOW! If you haven’t yet taken the time to check out their Library Discards & Donation program, visit them online:

Fast Company magazine just listed them as one of 45 social entrepreneurs who are changing the world.  Cnet’s blog wrote about them recently as well: “Eco-alternative to Amazon funds literacy programs”  They are also a certified Founding B Corporation.

Better World Books

Looking for a place to discard old library books that is not a dumpster? Check out Better World Books. They sell discarded and donated material from libraries across the USA States on over 17 online marketplaces. The program generates funding for both libraries and non-profit literacy initiatives. Yup, you can actually donate your materials to Better World Books and get money in return! There are no costs – no sign up fees, no service agreements, etc.  And books they can’t sell – they recycle – nothing ends up in a landfill.  Check out the FAQs for more info. I know several libraries who use the program now and would love to hear their comments on the program.