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Green ops 15 ways

  1. 1. Green Your Operations Fifteen Ways
  2. 2. What’s this all about? <ul><li>We all want to go green </li></ul><ul><li>We can’t all build fancy new green buildings </li></ul><ul><li>But we can be sustainable in our operations! </li></ul><ul><li>15 areas for improvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Probably are doing some already </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Probably can’t do others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But you can do something! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://delicious.com/eduserv/green_ops </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1: Conduct a waste stream audit <ul><li>Ask yourself: </li></ul><ul><li>What are we throwing out? </li></ul><ul><li>How much of it? </li></ul><ul><li>Where is it coming from? </li></ul><ul><li>Then ask: </li></ul><ul><li>Where can it go besides the landfill? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we generate less to start with? </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2: Use less paper <ul><li>Double sided prints/copies </li></ul><ul><li>Print management systems </li></ul><ul><li>Digital document delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Migrate forms online </li></ul><ul><li>E-versions of employee manuals & docs </li></ul><ul><li>Route one copy—or no copies! </li></ul><ul><li>Get multiple catalog mailings reduced to a single copy </li></ul>
  5. 5. 3: Recycled and reused materials <ul><li>Recycled paper </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30% recycled works as well as new paper </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reused or reclaimed materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Furniture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to offer your own stuff for others to reuse! </li></ul>
  6. 6. 4: Green your break room <ul><li>Encourage brown-bagging </li></ul><ul><li>Get rid of disposable dishes, cups, flatware </li></ul><ul><li>Serve fruit, not packaged snacks </li></ul><ul><li>Lose the bottled water </li></ul><ul><li>Clean the microwave </li></ul>
  7. 7. 5: Greener weeding <ul><li>Book sales </li></ul><ul><li>Donate locally </li></ul><ul><li>Send your discards to be reused </li></ul><ul><ul><li>B-Logistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better World Books </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. 6: Energy Efficient Lighting <ul><li>Replace older T12 fluorescent lamps with T8 lamps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And magnetic ballasts with high-efficiency ones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>35 - 43% energy reduction at similar light levels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Convert exit signs to LEDs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>90 - 92% energy reduction </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. 6: Energy Efficient Lighting <ul><li>More ideas: </li></ul><ul><li>Open the blinds to let in daylight </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce overall light levels, supplement at task planes </li></ul><ul><li>Dust the ceilings – a bright ceiling reflects more light </li></ul>
  10. 10. 7: Give your HVAC some TLC <ul><li>Proactive HVAC maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce your building’s total energy use by up to 8% </li></ul><ul><li>Improve indoor air quality </li></ul><ul><li>Contractors for major repairs and overhauls </li></ul><ul><li>In-house maintenance on an ongoing, regular basis </li></ul>
  11. 11. 8: Turn it off <ul><li>Use natural daylighting when possible </li></ul><ul><li>Occupancy sensors for less-used spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Exorcise the “phantom” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set screens to go blank (not to a screensaver) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use smart power strips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unplug chargers and converters when not in use </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. 9. Drive it into the ground <ul><li>Purchase high-quality equipment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher up-front costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save money down the road </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Maintain your equipment, furniture, vehicles, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Defer new purchases by extending lifetimes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Update and upgrade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure it will meet user demands though </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. 10. Alternative transportation <ul><li>Preferential parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, carpools </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage employees to carpool, bike, take public transit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subsidize/offer incentives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinate rideshares </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Showering/changing facilities for staff? </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. 11. Don’t forget telecommuting! <ul><li>What workflows don’t require actual in-house presence? </li></ul><ul><li>Draw up telework policies, employee agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings too! </li></ul><ul><li>Need infrastructure in place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment: employee’s or library’s? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connectivity at home (subsidized?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secure file access, e-meeting software, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. 12. Clean greener <ul><li>Walk-off mats work! </li></ul><ul><li>Use non-toxic formulas </li></ul><ul><li>Green Seal products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinate with your janitorial contractor </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. 13. Greener ILL <ul><li>Scan and send electronically when possible </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in local/regional consortia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nearby sources are better than remote </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local couriers supplying reusable shipping bags/bins </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reuse packaging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New packaging accounts for >50% of environmental impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Padded bags are better than cardboard </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. 14. Greener IT <ul><li>EPEAT system for equipment selection </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Materials selection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design for end-of-life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Product longevity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy conservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>End-of-life management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Packaging </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. 15. Tell your patrons! <ul><li>Develop an eco-collection </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the library as a green institution </li></ul><ul><li>Offer green themed programs and events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring in local activists and experts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Turn your landscape into an interpretive center </li></ul>
  19. 19. The 3 R’s? <ul><li>Reduce </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle </li></ul>
  20. 20. The 6 R’s! <ul><li>Rethink </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle </li></ul><ul><li>Repurchase/Recover </li></ul><ul><li>Rejoice </li></ul>
  21. 21. Thank You for Attending! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>1.800.999.8558 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ext. 3848 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web: lyrasis.org </li></ul><ul><li>Email: russell.palmer@lyrasis.org </li></ul>

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