How Green is My Library? book

I have to promote a wonderful new book that was recently published called How Green is My Library? by Ned Himmel and Sam McBane Mulford (info) published by Libraries Unlimited. The book covers both design of green buildings and how to make your library green using green initiatives and green goals for such things as alternative transportation, recycling, etc. It offers checklists, guides, and tools for evaluating the greenness of existing or planned facilities and operations and many potential solutions for implementation of these ideas. Written for the novice through advanced,  it’s worth the purchase for any library. (I’ll admit I may be slightly biased as they used some of my blog post ideas in their book  -thanks Ned & Sam! 🙂

Also listen to the authors speak about their book at a FREE online webinar on Feb 11 at 2pm (eastern) through OPAL.


SustainLane is a  people powered, social network guide to sustainable living, with news,  jobs, search for local business, product reviews, and how-tos, with  personal stories and pointers on better, greener living.  One popular aspect of this site  is their City Rankings – includes top cities, most improved cities, or search by category such as air & water quality, transportation, waste management, etc . The Product Reviews tab offer searches by zip/address or browse categories such as Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Beauty & Fashion, etc. I personally enjoy the How-to sections’ ideas such as Learn How to Make your own Household CleanersHow to Organize your Garage with Recycled Laundry Bottles, What to Look for When Choosing your Lotions, or How to Green Your Pets or Your Pregnancy – and you can search this section  for various topics or browse.   Don’t miss the discount coupons for sustainable products.   You can sign up on SustainLane, so you can post reviews, add green products  & business, find members, receive their e-newsletters, etc.

Green Guide to Plastics

I recently posted about bringing your own container for leftovers when eating out (which I still believe is very worthwhile) but I have also been dwelling on the what container to buy, use or reuse.  Some plastics can transmit chemicals into your food/drinks.

This Green Guide breaks down (no pun intended!) the seven types of plastics, you know that number on the bottom of the container. Generally it is #1, 2, 4, 5 that are safer  plastics but note that #1, 4 and 5 are often hard to find a place to recycle them.  #7 is miscellanious but those that are made with PLA are very safe and renewable – made from corn, potatoes, sugar cane, etc. and can be composted breaking down in less than 2 weeks.  Plastics #3, 6, 7 (all others besides the PLA items) should be avoided.