Various ideas to consider with the holidays coming….
- World Wildlife Fund, National Wildlife Federation, The Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy and others allow you to adopt an animal or buy gifts that benefit the organization and its conservation work.
- Give the gift of outside! Such as membership in an outdoors club, rock climbing lessons, a deluxe tune up for their bike, or maybe even that kayak they have always wanted to buy.
- You can give all kinds of water- or energy-saving tech that’s fun to use and green. Learning thermostats or smart light switches can be a good choice for people who love gadgets.
- Give someone a living plant! A terrarium, herb plants, plant a tree, etc.
- Make a gift, reuse, upcycle it! Candles, lip balm or jewelry (i like the spoon rings!) Some great ideas off the Fun in the Making Blog “green” crafting.
- If you struggle with making it yourself, buy from others who did such as Uncommon Goods.
- Find something local to give.
- Give the gift of experiences such as wine tasting, bike tour, pottery class, cooking class, movie tickets or show tickets.
- Gifts that cut back on waste like reusable snack bags, bamboo utensil set, reusable water bottle, etc.
I have been meaning to blog about this cool book Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools and Themes for YA Programming. (by Valerie Colston, Libraries Unlimited Professional guides for Young Adult Librarians Series 2011) The book offers ideas for librarians on environmentally themed art projects that are also low cost., practical and hands-on to engage youth. The book starts with Part 1: Going Green, offering basic ideas on resources and supplies, tips on working with teens and art, along with promoting and marketing the programs and ideas. Part II: Art Programs and Projects takes up most of the book offering art project ideas with illustrations, purpose, topics, costs, age level, required material, programming related activities, timeframe, and ties to technology, with lots of extra resources lists too.
Besides purchasing this great teen art book, Colston is offering a 4 week Arts & Crafts for Youth Librarians Workshops, online, non-credit, held through Art Teacher on the Net, starting August 15, 2013 for $59. (sign up!)
Colston is actually an art professor and has worked for year teaching art programs with San Diego libraries and teaches 100 Art Ideas for Teachers through the UCSD extension department. She has also published 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills and 200 Projects to get your in to art school.
The NEW SustainRT of ALA met for both a walk and an official meeting at ALA Chicago. More details and notes will be in our official ALA connect site soon but a nice overall blog post was writing by one of our founding members Ashley Jones in Proquest’s Blog already. Interested in join? You can sign up in September with ALA, but for now stay informed by joining our new listserv – email@example.com – open to any ALA member by signing up here. The founding members were thrilled with the high attendance at our meeting, all the ideas shared, those who volunteered to help, and those who have been active in the sustainability movement in ALA for years now who shared support.
Stay tuned for more to come about SustainRT … and a blog post soon on an amazing session I attended at ALA: How the Dutch Caribbean Goes Green with Libraries and Other Supporters
Fun ideas to do with youth in your library or school (or at home)!
Check out these wreath ideas from sustainablog:
use old neckties, corks or greeting cards to create a wreath….
… turn your old CDs (who uses CDs anymore?) by upcycling into ornaments, a great idea from Natalie on Creme de la Craft blog. Natlie also has lots of other great ideas for reuse like making your own card holder from Altoid containers and cool necklaces from pistachios shells.
If you missed it… here is the link to the third webinar recording and the document created and used by Madeleine Charney “A Sustainability Librarian’s Manifesto: Your “Take Action” Checklist”
Tuesday June 12, 2012 from 2pm-3pm (EST)
In this third webinar, we will discuss and share opportunities for engagement in professional library organizations and other groups which might provide a forum to share sustainability best practices such as discussion groups, task forces, committees and social activities. Share your experiences with tools such as LinkedIn and listservs, organizations such as AASHE, ARL, ACRL, as well as state and regional associations. How can we initiate contact with such groups? Where shall we focus? How do we address the diverse needs of libraries in all sectors: public, academic, school, special and other? Come prepared to discuss and offer ideas for specific recommendations for successful sustainability activities within professional library organizations.
There will be the option for a group to convene in another virtual room for an ALA-focused discussion — in particular, the future of Task Force on the Environment (TFOE). Plans are already underway for a face-to-face social gathering at the upcoming ALA Annual conference to consider how to best advance the sustainability message within our libraries and associations.
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In honor of Earth Week, there are a number of green apps available and worth checking out.
The Verde app (only for iPad) is FREE – usually $5 – from now through Sunday/Earth Day. The Verde app helps you perform an energy audit of your home. (or office or school etc). Once downloaded you choose you zone (geographically) and your energy rate (app can find it for you) and then go through various categories – adding your various appliances such as lighting, gadgets, etc. You choose which specific types in each category from lists and you can customize this data. The app will show you appx costs for your device and usage. A final report can also be emailed and used to help cut back on costs and usage!
A list of more green eco-friendly apps can be found on this macworld site.
For those wanting to get outside for the weekend, check out the FREE AllTrails app (for iphone and android) – assists with finding trails, GPS Tracking, and Topo maps for the hiking, camping, mountain biking, and National Parks. Sierra Club also has a FREE trail app called Trail Explorer (for iPhone only)
Special thanks to brown biggers for the suggestions!
Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 presents: Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries – April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST)
Please join us for the second webinar in this four-part series.
There are different types of sustainability practices in libraries (e.g. buildings, collection development, instruction, events, collaboration) and many of us are working, educating, and practicing in these areas. This webinar will be similar to a lightning round-up as librarians engaged in different types of sustainability efforts share their experiences and provide time for questions. Academic, public and school libraries will be represented. The session will be recorded so you can view it later.
SIGN UP NOW! (http://bit.ly/HbV7vq)
Webinar series facilitators: Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst Libraries), Beth Filar Williams (UNC Greenboro), and Bonnie Smith (University of Florida Libraries).
Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Beth FilarWilliams at email@example.com
If you missed attending the first in our Webinar series – Call to Action and Collaboration – here is the webinar recording:
and the slides are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/filarwilliams/libraries-for-sustainability-call-to-action-and-collaboration
Two opportunities to offer to students:
- Green Living Project – their biannual Student Film Project, open to any middle or high school, community college or university student, either in US or international. Films must be 5 minutes or less in length, and tell a unique, creative, story, around important local and global sustainability issues. See rules for more info. and resources and tips for examples and help. Entries due May 25, 2012.
- Northwest Institute for Social Change – their 2012 Student Sustainability Film Festival, open to high school and college students across North America. Students create short films about programs, projects or “things” that their campus or community is doing to create sustainable solutions to environmental concerns. Here is how to apply. Entries due May 17, 2012
Self promoting I know, but I do hope readers find both this article and this peer-reviewed, open access scholarly journal useful! My article Embedding your Green Message Through Asynchronous Learning was recently published in the Electronic Green Journal. This article summarizes a presentation I gave for the Amigos Library Services Going Green 2 online conference in November 2010. It discusses the idea of embedding green messages within your work, tasks, programs, tools, and teaching will passively or subtly inform others without being forceful. I discuss the large ten module research tutorial (Path) a team of us here at UNCG created covering concepts from forming a topic to citing sources, in which we embedded the theme of recycling, hoping users would become more environmentally literate while learning researching skills. The Electronic Green Journal has been published since 1994, semiannually by UCLA Library – think about submitting something to this journal yourself and share your knowledge and work!
An Infopeople online course, January 29 to February 25, 2013
Teens and pre-teens appreciate and celebrate the environment. You can support their interests by involving them in hands-on programs with environmentally responsible themes. This course will bring the fun back into your programming! You will learn to:
· Rethink “art” and look at everyday objects in new ways
· Discover methods and materials for reusing, recycling, and repurposing
· Demonstrate and teach art skills
· Plan programs and events that are art-based and eco-friendly
Course Description: In this four-week online course you will find resources, best practices, and useful tips and techniques that can be applied immediately to library programming for teens and pre-teens. You will be encouraged to develop and share photos of hands-on projects with nature or environmental themes, as well as plans for programs and events that are art-based and eco-friendly. No previous art background or experience is required; this course is for all art ability levels. During the fourth week, there will be an online meeting for demonstrating and discussing specific projects and programs. The instructor has years of experience in developing and teaching library art programs and will help you develop a portfolio of ideas and projects for future program planning.
Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.