Green Gift ideas!

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.

Teens Go Green!

gogreenteensI 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.

Follow Up from ALA Chicago: SustainRT

LearnMoreThe  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 – sustainrt-l@ala.org –  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 

Green Christmas Art Projects

Fun ideas to do with youth in your library or school (or at home)!

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Check out these wreath ideas from sustainablog:
use old neckties, corks or greeting cards to create a wreath….

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… 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.

Libraries for Sustainability Webinar #3….

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.

SIGN UP to receive the link to the virtual room:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFJHOUE5ZDBtdU9wMWVEYVV3ZGR4OUE6MQ#gid=0

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Green Apps!

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!

Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries Webinar 4/24/12!

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 mcharney@library.umass.edu or Beth FilarWilliams at greeningyourlibrary@gmail.com

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If you missed attending the first in our Webinar series – Call to Action and Collaboration – here is the webinar recording:

https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/play.jnlp?sid=315&psid=2012-02-28.0718.M.669FDEC58C8549C611C2EC64F0EDEE.vcr

and the slides are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/filarwilliams/libraries-for-sustainability-call-to-action-and-collaboration