International Seed Library Forum

Exciting! the U of AZ and Pima County Public Library are hosting a forum May 3-6, 2015 in Tucson.  They are calling public libraries, non profits, universities, and food banks who have all been working in the area of seed lending libraries. It is also celebrating the 35th anniversary of the 1st National Heirloom Seed Conference. The gathering has a goal to  collectively address recent regulatory challenges to their operations in five states as well.  Find out more and register by April 17



Infocamp: an unconference with a sustainability theme!

Via Cat Faircloth —  save the date for  March 9-10,  2013  as the University of South Carolina  School of Library Science is organizing an Infocamp  – an unconference  covering  issues related to technology, information, and design but with a focus on *sustainability* this next time!  Interested in presenting or attending? Check out their Facebook page ,  ask to join their listserv(INFOCAMP-request@LISTSERV.SC.EDU), check out their blog, or follow them on twitter. For more information or suggest a presentation: email infocampsc[at]

sustainable name tags

I just attended an event where – instead of plastic or sticker name tags and using markers – we were given pieces of recycled card stock (you could use old card catalog cards) attached with a small binder clip and string.The string was already tied in a circle and then we simply looped it through on edge of the binder clip.  We used crayons to write our names. All easily reusable, recyclable and natural!   Here is photos of my name tag:nametag



SLA 2009 Conference: Green Events

Going to SLA in June 14-17  in DC?  Here are some green events you might want to check out:

It Can Be Easy to Be Green: An Overview of Green Engineering and Its Resources
(Ticketed Event #225)
Date: Saturday June 13, 8-12pm
Price: US$ 199 member / US$ 199 student member/ US$ 299 non-member
Speaking: Katherine Gabrysch, The Cadmus Group, Inc.
Presented by: Engineering Division

Building Your Green Library
: Monday June 15, 1:30-3pm
Anca Novacovici, American Institute of Architects Sustainability Discussion Group,American Institute of Architects; Rebecca Vargha, University of North Carolina
Presented by: Environment & Resource Management Division; Architecture, Building Engineering, Construction & Design Caucus; Engineering Division

Also,  register and attend SLA 2009 and you will have a chance to win a 2009 Smartcar!

Prepare for Earth Day!

Earth day is coming! Start thinking about what your library can do for Earth Day if you haven’t already.   Check out the Earth Day Network site for ideas including an organizers guide, earth day in a box, earth day on campus, etc. Be sure to register your event or find other events in your areas on the Earth Day 2009 site.   The Nature Conservancy also has some ideas like tree planting and online community to connect with others.  Environlink offers some suggestions like pledges and city proclamations. For school librarians, and education world have some earth day activities and lesson plans.  Wikihow has a concise list of ideas from picking up litter to making  bird houses.

Green PR for You Library

The question “What’s Your Favorite Green Thing to Do?” was asked of attendees to the various years green festivalsCheck out some responses from these photo moments.

Perhaps this idea could be tweaked for libraries: Ask the question“What’s Your Favorite Green Thing to Do for you Community/Library/Campus” and use it as PR for the library.  “Green” prizes can be awarded for unique ideas.  Promote the library’s collections of educational information and ideas from all types of your digital and print resources.  Include local/campus sustainability related speakers to expand the idea to a program or event.  Ask green community groups and companies for donations, sponsorship, or partner together to create an event.  This might be a great way to build networks and relationships locally while advocating green practices and involving all your users and supporters for a fun summertime experience @ your library.

I’d love to hear if any libraries are doing any such event or program so please add your comments!

Green Building Event (Houston, TX)

April 3-6, 2008: Houston Green Expo at Reliant Park invites more than its typical design and construction professionals this year as it will focus on green building, sustainable land use, global warming issues, energy efficiency, and green vehicles. April 5-6 Expo Days are FREE to general public featuring the latest in green building products and related services.  There is even a free GreenRide ride-share program.

Special Event: Earth Hour 3/29/08

Last year Sydney (followed by London & San Francisco) started a trend of turning off lights for one hour in a show of support for protecting our environment. This year they want to go global and are inviting cities from every continent, including the US, to participate. You can sign up online as an individual, company, school, or organization pledging your support and read more information on how to save energy.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS : March 29th, 8pm for one hour.

More info and to register: