Rate it Green Web site

This free online community – Rate It Green – is a user driven Web site for green building, products, companies, and services including a green rating system. Created by three unique partners and an advisory board looking for new members to join, their goal is “to facilitate an open marketplace where everyone can shop for and buy green products confidently.” The site includes a forum where users can share their thoughts or ask questions to others about products and services and a section on Green Building Basics. For those not wishing to register, the public areas are free to browse but you will not be able to post, rate or comment.

Check it out: http://www.rateitgreen.com/

Save Paper When Faxing

First ask yourself -  can you send the document over the internet? There are many internet options: just send it via emailed instead; for short faxes it can usually be sent for free; for longer faxes there are many services listed here.  Faxing over the internet will also save you a dedicated phone line.

If it has to be sent in non-digital form, you can also create a template and print out many little stickers on one page – slap a sticker on the first sheet of your fax and you have already saved one whole sheet of paper.

Green Libraries Unconference

The Arlington Public Library (VA) is hosting a FREE Green Libraries Unconference on the greening of public libraries April 23, 2008 9-4:30pm. The goal will be to bring together those who wish to exchange ideas, develop public information for their communities, and make positive changes in the sustainable business practices at their libraries.

More about this Green Libraries Unconference.

What is an “Unconference?”

Colleges Going Green

The March/April 2008 issue of E, the Environmental Magazine is entitled Colleges Go Green.  Read about how college students are driving the campus climate movement,  how cafeterias are buying local, growing organic gardens, and starting composting initiatives,  how colleges are trying to conserve water (including green building ideas), and other ideas of student created sustainability.

Libraries could explore these ideas to find how they can do their part. What about getting some of these students on a library green team?

Save Paper – Share Copies

Though most reserves are electronic now, students may still print out their materials (as well as possibly photocopy an article or part of a book). Why not provide a filing cabinet in the library where students can place their photocopies when finished for others to use. This would be especially helpful in reducing copying of articles for the core courses. Thanks John for the idea – he also states: “Perhaps readers also benefit from the acquired marginalia.” (from his Slow Reading blog)

GreenPower Products

Western Digital has a line of GreenPower products that save energy and money, w/ a cool, quiet operation . For example,”the Caviar GP drives yield average drive power savings of 4-5 watts over competitors’ drives.” Larger institutions could really save money and reduce their carbon footprint by using this type technology.  See more information on GreenPower Technology including a video demo.

Saving Energy

Check out this great article called Saving Energy in the Workplace written by Eddie Young, a network/systems guy, of UKOLN (a research organization who’s goal is to inform and influence policy in digital libraries, information systems, bibliographic management, and web technologies) The article “outlines some of the issues faced by a Systems Administrator when trying to save energy in the workplace.” He discusses the importance of getting staff on your side, doing an energy flow chart, and ideas for improvement such as saving electricity, reducing paper, proper waste disposal, greener technologies, carbon offsetting, and loads of good references.

While you are at it, check out Vampire Energy – a chart that lists how much energy various electronic devices use when turned on and turned off!

Book Prospector

Book Prospector  (http://www.bookprospector.com/) is worth checking out.  Basically, they sell your books for you at a supposedly higher amount than you could on your own.  You enter the item info on their Web site, they give you a quote on price of each, you click “sell,” and package up all the books w/ pre paid shipping label (they cover shipping costs) and send to them.

Any libraries using it and what do you think?

Hands free browsing & canvas bags for check out

Great idea!  From a comment posted on LibraryStuff in early February:

“Our Friends of the Harborfields Library, Greenlawn, New York, have donated 50 new green canvas tote bags to the Library. We have cataloged them and our patrons can check them out for 21 days, they have become so popular, that after the first 2 weeks, all the bags were out, each day a few come back and then go out abain. Our patrons love the hands free browsing ability the bags give them. The Friends of the Library are also selling the same bags for $10 and have sold a few dozen. The bags were purchased from JanWay http://www.janway.com
Very inexpensive. Carol Albano, Director”