Earth Day!

Are you doing anything for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day tomorrow @ your library?  Many libraries are hosting green themed programs, having outside celebrations, recycled trash fashion shows, showing a sustainable film, planting trees, educating their community, or asking people to sign a commitment to be green.  Browse ideas …  EPAs Earth Day page, EarthDay Network, Earth Day Crafts, WhiteHouse Earth Day page, Nature Conservency’s Earth Day page … just to mention of few sites.   Celebrate yourself, by simply taking time to stop and reflect on the world around you and be aware of the impact of your daily routines on the world in which we are all completely connected.

Higher Ed Upcoming Workshops & Events

March 17 & April 14, 2010; 1 – 2:30pm (Eastern)
Webinar Series: Educating Students for a Green Economy (cost: $15-30)

March 18, 2010, 12:00-1:30 pm
DOE Webinar:Getting to Net Zero Today Through a Performance-Based Design/Build Process (free)

March 21-23, 2010
Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
( cost: $200-$500)
The Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, MD

March 22-23, 2010
Strategies for Adaptation Across the Sustainability Curriculum
(Free/limited space)
Wake Forest University; Winston-Salem, NC

April 23, 1 – 2:30pm & April 28, 1 – 2:30pm (eastern) 2010
Webinar Series – Green Jobs Programming On Campus? (cost: $295 each)

May 17 – 19, 2010
Taking Root: 5th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference (cost: $200-280)
Detroit, MI

June 3 – 4, 2010
AASHE’s Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop (cost: $420-485)
San Diego State University; San Diego, CA

(higher ed) upcoming green events

Some upcoming events, mostly at cost, from AASHE bulletin:

Pre-Conf Workshop: How Higher Education Can Lead Restoration
October 15, 2009; 9am – 5pm Pacific; San Francisco, CA/ Cost $150
Second Nature, AASHE, and the California Student Sustainability Coalition will host “Education for Action in the Age of Climate Change: How Higher Education Can Lead Restoration In and Out of the Classroom,” a pre-conference workshop at Bioneers 2009. The workshop, which is designed for students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the general public, will challenge participants to rethink the purpose of formal education related to solving the complex problems we face, while demonstrating breakthrough examples of leadership and successful innovations. Keynote speakers will include David Orr, leading environmental educator and Bioneers board member; Dr. Anthony Cortese, founder and President of Second Nature; and Julian Keniry, Senior Director of Campus and Community Leadership for the National Wildlife Federation.

Transformative Learning through Sustainability Education Workshop
October 20, 2009; British Columbia Institute of Technology/Cost $75
The British Columbia Institute of Technology will host “Transformative Learning: Creating Communities Through Sustainability Education.” The event is for students, faculty, staff, and administrators and will focus on building capacity for sustainability education in post secondary institutions across BC. The one-day workshop will cover such topics as: trends and opportunities in the sustainability education movement; professional development tools and approaches for faculty members; building relationships with communities to foster critical sustainability research; experience and hands-on learning; and identifying sustainability learning outcomes. Registration is currently available.

Campus Sustainability Day Webcast
October 21, 2009; 1 – 2:30pm Eastern/Cost $195
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) will host a Campus Sustainability Day webcast. Participants in the webcast will discover how institutions across North America are finding opportunities in the wake of budget cuts and providing the appropriate campus infrastructure and knowledge on how to finance, plan, operate, and manage low carbon, energy efficient campuses. Attendees will also learn how these actions are supporting broader community, regional, and national initiatives. Participants will hear from Andrew Revkin, Science Reporter for the New York Times; Sarah Brylinsky, Sustainability Education Coordinator for Dickinson College (PA); Larry Eisenberg, Executive Director for Facilities Planning and Development at the Los Angeles Community College District; Joseph E. Grasso, Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration at Cornell University (NY); and Angela Halfacre, Director of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and Professor of Political Science at Furman University (SC).

Carbon Neutral Campus Architecture Webcast
November 19, 2009; 1 – 3pm Eastern/COST $195
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) will host “Carbon Neutral Campus Architecture: Climate Specific Design and Innovation,” a webcast that will investigate carbon neutral architectural projects. Buildings from three to four different climate zones will be highlighted. Learning outcomes include discovering what drivers and change agents have been put in place at campuses and institutions to lead to the successful design and construction of carbon neutral; exploring projects and design possibilities that can or will achieve carbon neutrality; and deriving inspiration for climate-specific design and understand the strategies related to specific climate zones.

Earth Day Activities in Libraries

What is your library doing for Earth Day next week?

Whatever your plans, add them to the Earth Day Network site so it can be searched by keyword, location or date. A keyword search on “library” showed numerous posting of events such as:

  • presentations by local groups on climate change/initiatives/etc,
  • eco-storytellers,
  • screening and discussion of Story of Stuff documentary,
  • plant a tree(s),
  • a “Wait-Wait-Don’t-Toss-That” event (how to reuse items),
  • collection of recyclable materials/shred-a-ton/sneakers-for-turf collection,
  • quiz/contest with prizes from local eco-friendly companies,
  • community expo of local green organizations,
  • potted flower and herb giveaway/fundraiser,
  • Recycling Our Reads” or book swamp,
  • howto/DIY workshops,
  • farmers market, games/crafts/stories for kids,
  • geocaching for teens,
  • create recycled jewelry,
  • ArtCan! (sculpture building competition of canned/boxed goods – then donated to local food bank)
  • reading of The Lorax by Seuss & plant a sunflower seed to take home,
  • trash clean up, invasive weed clean up,
  • composting workshop,
  • solar energy generated stage for local music
  • .. and much more!!

YALSA also has some suggestions too.

Upcoming Green Library workshops

Charting the Path to Campus Sustainability (ONLINE LIVE)

Webinar by Environmental Health and Engineering

Whether you’ve already begun your campus sustainability program or you’re just starting, this webinar will provide you with the most up-to-date tools and knowledge necessary to manage a successful campus sustainability program.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern (1 hr presentation, 1/2  Q & A)
COST: $99.00 (for AASHE members its $75) – this is per phone line, not per person
Registration Deadline: 9/16/2008 11:00:00 AM
Register Online


The Greener Library (Live Online)

This two-day online class will discuss current standards and practices for evaluating the environmental impact of existing, expanding or newly planned library facilities, and offer ideas for approaching environmental considerations relating to both physical plant and operating processes.

9/23/08 – 9/24/08
2:00 – 4:00 Eastern
Distance Education
$170 members/$220 non-members
Instructor: David Greenebaum



If you live in the Chicago area….

Going Green @ Your Library: How to Create a More Environmentally Friendly Library Community

Workshop by North Suburban Library System

… simple, easy to implement, cost saving initiatives that can help make your library more eco-friendly. Beth will also look into larger scale projects, such as green building options. During this workshop participants will explore real-life situations as they create workable, detailed plans of action to take back to their libraries. Topics to be covered include recycling, reducing waste, green building, greener cleaning, travel tips, art projects and other fun ideas, and more

9 -12pm
NSLS Auditorium (directions)
Cost $60
Instructor: Beth Filar Williams


Going Green @ Your Library: How to Create a More Environmentally Friendly Library Community

Workshop by Metropolitan Library System

9:30 -12:30pm
Burr Ridge, IL (directions)
Cost $45
Instructor: Beth Filar Williams

Green Events this Fall

FREE Events in various cities:

GreenFest Philly
WHERE: 2nd & South Streets
WHEN: September 7th, 11am to 6pm

Colorado Springs Green Fair
WHERE: City Auditorium, 221 E Kiowa St
WHEN: September 16, 7am to 2pm

Boston Greenfest 2008
WHERE: City Hall Plaza
WHEN: September 26-27

Green Festival Washington DC
WHERE: Washington D.C. Convention Center
WHEN: November 8 & 9

Green Festival San Francisco
WHEN: November 14-16
WHERE: San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center

Other events/exhibits that cost:

National Building Museum (DC)
(see also Greenstrides post on exhibits)

Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago)

Boston Children’s Museum (new green museum!)

The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA)

Earth Day 2008: Tuesday April 22

Earth Day is this Tuesday April 22. If your library is doing any Earth Day related event be sure to submit the information to the Earth Day Network Web site (you have to register to submit an event).  You can also find events that are in your local area – search by city or location.  Find more information on other events, donate to the cause, or discover other ways to be active  on the Earth Day Network Web site.