Duel Purpose Upcycling idea!

photo from/of Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Country Walk Branch

I love this idea I read in the Programming Librarian newsletter.  Crafty events are fun. Crafty events with recycled materials is a win win.  Crafy events with recycled materials that are giving a useful resource to those in need tops it all!

At the Miami-Dade public library system “Helping Hands is an arts and crafts program that meets the needs of two communities — older adults and homeless populations — at the same time. Older adult participants socialize at the library while they make sleeping mats from upcycled plastic bags. The mats are then given to nearby homeless populations.”

Interested in learning more: The article on the Programming Librarians site give detailed instructions, planning guidelines, marketing tips, advice, a video on how to, budget (for this one ZERO!), and a nice write up on the library in the right nav bar (check out the link “Photo Slide Show” that pops up some images from their event)

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 Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest Conference

 Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest Conference

What: This is a conference on Applying Psychological & Psycho-Social-Spiritual Models to Build Human Resilience for Climate Shocks & Stressors
When: Wed/Thurs Nov 15-16 2017
Where: University Place Conference Center, Portland State University (Oregon)
More Info: http://www.theresourceinnovationgroup.org/pnw-2017-conference/ 
Cost:   Full Rate $375 | ITRC Member Rate $285 | Early-Bird Discount Rate (ends Sept.15) $295

REGISTER HERE! 

Triple Bottom Line

Librarian Gary Shaffer (who’s book Creating the Sustainable Public Library: The Triple Bottom Line Approach, will be published in early 2018) wrote this short column for American Libraries magazine. Triple bottom line sustainability is a framework that looks holistically at environmental, economic and social aspects. He shares a few ideas on how libraries can lead the way for their communities and ensure they themselves thrive well into the future.

3 Upcoming Free Climate Strategy webinars!

How Can We Realize the Paris Climate Protection Targets in the Trump Era? 
Climate Insurgency. Public Trust. Just Transition.   Deepen the effectiveness of our groups and movements with ideas, experience and organizing strategy featured in the new book, Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual presented by the author and Labor Network for Sustainability co-founder, Jeremy Brecher.  With guest presenters:  Julia Olsen, Executive Director, Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust & Richard Lipsit, President, Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CI

1) Climate Insurgency: Monday June 265:30-6:30pm Pacific/8:30-9:30 Eastern 

An intro to Climate Insurgency strategy, weaving together many strands of climate organizing–mass nonviolent direct action, freezing fossil fuel infrastructure, public trust, and just transition–into a global strategic framework.

2) Public Trust: Wednesday July 55:30-6:30pm Pacific/ 8:30-9:30 Eastern 

How can we “flip the script” in our nonviolent direct actions, making it clear that the fossil fuel industry and the government that does their bidding are unlawful, and that we are upholding the constitution and the public trust? Use of the Public Trust Doctrine for climate protection has been pioneered by young people represented by Our Children’s Trust. With Julia Olsen, Executive Director, Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust

3) Just Transition: Monday July 105:30-6:30pm Pacific/ 8:30-9:30 Eastern 

How can we organize to avoid letting our opponents pit jobs, workers, and unions against climate, water and community protection? How can we build “just transition” that includes a better future for workers who produce and use fossil fuels, construction workers who build fossil fuel infrastructure, and communities that depend on them? With Richard Lipsit, President. Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Strengthening the Voice for Sustainability

Kellie Sparks shares, in this American Libraries magazine column, the idea that libraries can assist supporting activists and other stakeholders in their communities fighting climate change by more proactively collecting and disseminating information   Libraries naturally curate but can and should actively market meaningful data and resources to those seeking this information. She also offers a list of  some key resources.

A new column in American Libraries magazine: sustainability in libraries

A must read column Sustainability in Libraries in the American Libraries magazine, launched this month with a first post by  on sustainable thinking by convening communities and being part of the solution for a better world:

“This Sustainability in Libraries series will give our profession a chance to explore the issues surrounding sustainability more fully, learn about groundbreakers in our midst, and inspire you to think differently about the future of your community and your library”