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  • Balance of stewardship – environment/funding – with usage/comfort/attainability
  • Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time.
  • “Nine states and 40+ municipalities have passed legislation mandating LEED-certified buildings
  • Green Team
  • wood and vinyl are the best performers; Aluminum frames are typically poor energy performers.
  • LED: 60,000 hour lifespanCFL: 10,000 hour lifespanIncandescent: 1,500 hour lifespan
  • $200-600
  • Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, New York, makes extensive use of daylight harvesting. A roof monitor glazed with polycarbonate panels diffuses natural light, while sensors respond to the brightness and dim artificial lighting accordingly. – American Libraries
  • Open Source
  • 15 feet from mat outside to end of interior walk off mat
  • Green Depot in Brooklyn & Greenport, NY
  • SolarGeothermalWindHydro
  • Solar CollectionTypes: stationary or sun trackingApplications:Solar hot waterSolar thermalWon’t work in every situation – dependant on your site
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps use stable ground or water temperatures near the Earth's surface to control building temperatures above ground. Uses 25%–50% less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems additional costs are returned in energy savings in 5 to 10 years. System life is estimated at 25 years for the inside components and 50+ years for the ground loop.
  • Energy Efficiency
  • 49 solar panels
  • Greening Your Library - Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

    1. 1. NYLA 2009 | Rebekkah Smith Aldrich Greening Your Library New York Library Association Conference | 11.6.10 | Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
    2. 2. This presentation is available at SustainableLibraries.org © 2010. Portions of this presentation may be reproduced for noncommercial purposes provided attribution of source is included.
    3. 3. Rebekkah Smith Aldrich Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability Mid-Hudson Library System 845.471.6060 x239 | rsmith@midhudson.org
    4. 4. Concordia Eco-Tents, St. John, USVI
    5. 5. What does “green” mean?
    6. 6. Sustainability.
    7. 7. Building for People “In addition to having positive impacts on the earth and the long- term financial bottom line, truly sustainable projects must benefit the people that live in, work in, and use them.” Building for People: Integrating Social Justice into Green Design, Environmental Building News, October 2009
    8. 8. “Three Es of Sustainability” Graphic: Sustainability at Vanderbilt University | vanderbilt.edu/sustainvu/sustainability.php •Environment •Social Equity •Economics
    9. 9. Buildings Consume:
    10. 10. 40% of all energy used
    11. 11. 70% of electrical energy use
    12. 12. 17% of fresh water
    13. 13. 25% of all wood produced
    14. 14. 30% of waste in landfills
    15. 15. 38% of CO2 emissions
    16. 16. 2030 Challenge “All new buildings and major renovations will be carbon neutral by 2030.” Who’s on board? US Conference of Mayors, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)…
    17. 17. OCPL 2010| RSA Legislating Green October 5, 2009: The Obama administration issued an executive order that all new federal buildings built by 2030 need to be net energy zero*. September 1, 2009: Governor Paterson signed the State Green Building Construction Act into law. The act stipulates that new state buildings and major renovations of existing buildings comply with green building guidelines established by the Office of General Service (LEED). *Zero (or “net zero”) energy buildings: Generate as much as consumed
    18. 18. Libraries + Green = Good • for you, your staff & patrons • for your community • for your tax payers/ administration/ donors • for our environment
    19. 19. The Cost of Going Green “There is no significant difference in average costs for green buildings as compared to non-green buildings.” Cost of Green Revisited: Reexamining the Feasibility and Cost Impact of Sustainable Design in the Light of Increased Market Adoption, Davis Langdon, 2007
    20. 20. Source: Local Government Position Statement on Energy (UK), 1998 Energy Hierarchy 1. Reduce the need for energy. 2. Use energy more efficiently. 3. Use renewable energy. 4. Any continuing use of fossil fuels should be clean and efficient.
    21. 21. Sustainable Choices Spectrum
    22. 22. 10 Opportunities
    23. 23. #1: Green Governance • Policy or Resolution • Board / Administration approved priority • Purchasing, recycling, energy efficiency… • Samples: • St. Lawrence University • Birkbeck Library, University of London • Wells Branch Community Library, Texas • “Green Team”
    24. 24. #2: Building Envelope
    25. 25. Save up to 20% The EPA estimates that you can typically save up to 20% of heating and cooling costs by air-sealing and insulating.
    26. 26. Building Envelope Solutions NYS Energy Research & Development Authority Thermal Leak Detector $50 Insulating Foam Sealant $5 •HVAC duct work •Wiring •Sill Plate •Rim Joist Weather-stripping & Caulking Controlling Moisture
    27. 27. Insulation *Source: The Green Depot, Albany, NY Alternatives to fiberglass: 1. Spray foam (soy-based Icynene): insulating and air tight 2. Blown in Cellulose [10-15% increase in energy savings*] 3. Denim insulation [30% increase in energy savings*]
    28. 28. Graphic: U.S. Department of Energy | eren.doe.gov Windows
    29. 29. Graphic: University of Wisconsin| uwsp.edu Look for: •Double paned •Low-E glazing Double paned windows: Up to 30% Savings
    30. 30. #3: Lighting CFL LED  Solar Tube 
    31. 31. 0 10,000 20,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 60,000 Incandescent CFL LED Sun Lighting Options Hours
    32. 32. Solar Tube lighting in the basement Common Fire Housing Co-Op, Tivoli, NY
    33. 33. Photos: Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls, NY | crandalllibrary.org | Photo credit: Ann Beha Architects Daylighting & Views
    34. 34. Look for: #4: Green Computing • Green Use – Reduce energy consumption •Power Management Settings •Energy Star •Thin Clients (example: Userful) •Green Web Hosting •Cloud Computing • Green Disposal – Refurbish/reuse/donate – Dispose of properly
    35. 35. Power Load Management
    36. 36. • Bathroom • Dual flush toilets • Dual flush kits ($60) • Waterless urinals • Faucet aerators ($5-$10) / motion detection • Check for leaks! • Landscaping #5: Water
    37. 37. • Native plants • Wind breaks • Porous pavers • Rainwater catchments • Rain gardens #6: Landscaping
    38. 38. #7: Indoor Environmental Quality • Good Air Quality – Moisture control – Control Radon – Ventilation – Materials • Monitoring • Maintenance • Thermal Comfort • Visual Comfort – Natural light – Views • Physical Comfort (ergonomics) • Acoustical Comfort
    39. 39. #8: Operations & Maintenance • Preventative maintenance • Training for staff • High-efficiency (HEPA) vacuum or outside-venting central vacuum • Track-Off Mats • Vent & duct work cleaning • Green Cleaning
    40. 40. Look for: Green Cleaning Supplies • Beware “greenwashing” • Check out: • Green Depot [greendepot.com] [greencleaning.ny.gov/]
    41. 41. LILRC 2010 | RSA #9: Renewable Energy
    42. 42. Solar
    43. 43. Solar powered drop boxes Lawrence Public Library, Kansas
    44. 44. Graphic: U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal
    45. 45. #10: Building Project
    46. 46. Integrated Building Design
    47. 47. LEED Categories • Sustainable Sites • Water Efficiency • Energy & Atmosphere • Materials & Resources • Indoor Environmental Quality LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
    48. 48. Materials
    49. 49. Funding Green • Public Library Construction Grant Program (NYS) (applications usually released in April) • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) • Grants.gov • Financing • Local Funding
    50. 50. Peru Public Library Energy Efficiency Project: Total project cost = $132, 582 50% matching grant from NYS Construction Aid $52,675 from NYSERDA Library came up with $14,616 to “go off the grid” Source:“Local library works off the grid,” PressRepublican.com, 9.1.09
    51. 51. Be Green All Over • In your newsletter, on your web site, and the signage in your building • Collection Development • Programming for All Ages • Tie into municipal / regional sustainability plans
    52. 52. cliftonparklibrary.greentouchscreen.com
    53. 53. Program Ideas for the Public • Winterize Your Home • Eating Seasonally • Green Fashion Show • Eco-Friendly Crafts • Community Clean-Up • NYSERDA Rebates for Homeowners • Edible Plants • Green Cleaning • Earth Day: April • Arbor Day (last Friday in April) • Gardening through the Seasons • “Lending Library” for: – Gardening tools – Bicycles – Fishing poles For more ideas visit the MHLS EZ Library Program Database midhudson.org/program/main.php
    54. 54. 5 Low-Cost Things You Can Do Right Away 1. Green Policy or a “Green Team” 2. Energy Audit 3. “Green” your maintenance plan 4. Start buying green 5. Walk around your building: What are you options for renewable energy? Do you have the room for geothermal? Could solar work on your property?
    55. 55. Resources • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) http://www.nyserda.gov • New York Power Authority http://www.nypa.gov • Air Seal Audit Checklist (Dow) http://greatstuff.dow.com/pdfs/checklist.pdf • New York Natural Heritage Program Plant Guide http://www.acris.nynhp.org/plants.php • New York’s Green Cleaning Program https://greencleaning.ny.gov/ For more Green Facility Resources: http://midhudson.org/admin/facilities_resources/green.htm midhudson.org  Administration & Management  Facilities  Green Buildings  SustainableLibraries.org
    56. 56. NYLA 2009 | Rebekkah Smith Aldrich “We shape our buildings and thereafter they shape us.“ -Winston Churchill What kind of library do you want to be?

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