Green Office Certification

Our campus Sustainability Office is promoting a Green Office Certification Program – no reason why any library couldn’t follow these same ideas and procedures as well. We are completing by department in the library since we are a large library.   The goal is to help the University work toward carbon neutrality and reaching its sustainability goals.  These resources help guide us through the process, and help us rethink what we do, using their ample resources and tools –  and you can make it sort of a competition as well to get folks motivated. We all work off this spreadsheet with points given for each item, categorized by area. There are some very good instructions here:

The office provides some great resource guides too. I’m sharing here as I’m sure others could benefit and get ideas for your own library from this list:

Think Green Live Clean

With young, involved, educated, eco conscious writers from all over the globe, Think Green Live Clean offers environmental news, tips, and guides –  short, simple info and ideas to help anyone find a way to start being green. Check out their Green Guides of categories Households (lighting, water, etc), College Students (books, school supplies, etc), Shopping (organic, meats, etc), and Business (jobs, lunch, etc).  Visit their website, find them on facebook, or twitter.  Have something to say? you can request to write for them as well. Right now, Think Green Live Clean has a contest for the Greenest Student (w/ an iPad giveaway!)

Spread the Word at Work

From EPA’s Energy Star website Spread the Word at Work offers download tip cards and posters to share with co-workers, distribute at events, and hang in your employee break room such as Bring Your Green to Work Poster and Bring Your Green to Work Tip Card.  The also offer a Green Team Checklist and guides on how to improve energy efficiency for  Employees, Executives, Building Managers, or Small Businesses.  Also use this search to check out which hotels, schools, offices and other buildings use 35% less energy than others in your area.

Sorting through the greenwashing

Two new online guides may help you sort through the media’s overwhelming greenwashing epidemic:

GoodGuide is an academic research based site that will help consumers find information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of products. It was started by Dara O’Rourke, professor at UC Berkeley, who gathered a team of researchers, technologists and scientists to pull together a “for benefit” online company of comprehensive, credible, and useful information on products and companies worldwide.  You can search, browse by topic, hear news of recalls, create a custom shopping list, or see a list of top rated products.

Wikia Green asks users to sign up and be a part of creating a green wiki guide. Created by Jimmy Wales, who co-founded both Wikia and Wikipedia, the goal is to to offer more lifestyle tips, product options, and how-to’s.  There is a section called Wanted Articles if you are inspired to post something on a topic  (though I dont think it would count for tenure?)