Going Green To Save Some Green


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These are slides from a presentation that my colleague and I gave during the 2010 Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) Conference. We examine practical, low-cost ways to make libraries more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

In a time of shrinking endowments and reduced budgets can libraries really hope to make an impact on a global problem like climate change? In this presentation Illinois Wesleyan University librarians Meg Miner and Chris Sweet will argue that not only can libraries play a significant role in furthering campus sustainability but that dwindling budgets can actually be a catalyst for positive environmental changes. Miner and Sweet are both members of the Illinois Wesleyan GREENetwork and will draw upon their personal experiences in campus environmental efforts for this presentation; they will offer practical ideas for implementing “green” library initiatives that benefit budgets as well as the environment. Reducing printing costs, examining equipment RFPs, and conducting computer power management and energy audits are just a few of the technological steps library personnel can take. Approaches to changing behavior with a goal of affecting campus culture will also be discussed.

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Going Green To Save Some Green

  1. 1. Going Green to Save Some Green<br />IACRL Conference<br />3/25/10<br />Meg Miner and Chris Sweet<br />Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University<br />
  2. 2. “We are in the middle of one of those rare moments when the right thing to do is also the economically smart thing to do.” <br />Kathleen Schatzberg, President, Cape Cod Community College<br />
  3. 3. Our Green backgrounds<br />Goals for this presentation<br />Chris’s portion: things/tangibles<br />Meg’s portion: behaviors/intangibles<br />
  4. 4. College and University Sustainability Agreements<br />Tailloires Declaration<br />University Leaders for a Sustainable Future<br />1990, International in scope<br />350 signatories in 40 countries<br />American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment <br />2006, US-based, 670 signatories<br />Provides a framework and resources to help implement comprehensive sustainability plans<br />
  5. 5. College and University Sustainability Agreements<br />Illinois Sustainable University Compact<br />12 specific sustainability goals<br />Agreement is for each institution to accomplish some of these goals by Dec. 2010<br />77 Illinois Colleges and Universities have signed<br />Leveraging these agreements to forward green library initiatives<br />
  6. 6. Illinois Community College Sustainability Network<br />2007: All Illinois Community Colleges<br />Meet new green economy needs<br />*Share resources state-wide that provide and promote energy education and sustainable practices<br />*Model renewable energy technology on community college campuses<br />
  7. 7. Tangibles: Paper Conservation<br />Recycled paper? What percentage? Paper towels? Toilet paper?<br />Re-using single sided paper<br />Recycling bins<br />Where are they? <br />How well are they labeled?<br />Other types of recycling<br />
  8. 8. Printers and Copiers<br />Automatic Duplexing?<br />Paper tray locks<br />Ink quality settings<br />Energy Star certified?<br />Copiers: scan to e-mail/pdf option<br />Solid ink (Xerox Only)<br />
  9. 9. Green RFPs<br />Much can be accomplished by implementing Green RFPs<br />Energy Star requirements<br />Duplex capable printers and copiers<br />Energy efficient PCs and monitors<br />Small scale: wired vs. wireless mice<br />
  10. 10. Green Interlibrary Loan<br />Huge potential due to large amount of paper used and shipping (environmental and monetary)<br />New OCLC ILL study<br />Worked with an environmental consulting firm<br />Packaging, shipping and waste<br />Borrowing profiles (go local!)<br />Reusable or recyclable packaging<br />Electronic delivery whenever possible<br />
  11. 11. Time to Eat!<br />Ensure that the staff lounge has reusable cups, utensils and plates.<br />Meetings, parties, conferences: reduce amount of packaging, individual bottles of water/soda, whenever possible<br />
  12. 12. Going Green to Save Some Green<br />The Intangibles<br />
  13. 13. Motivation<br />Feeling good vs. doing good<br />Increased income <br />“In sum, the available evidence is consistent in suggesting that a significant, and likely growing, proportion of prospective students are making decisions about where to apply and attend based on campus sustainability performance.”<br /> -- Association for the Advancement of <br /> Sustainability in Higher Education<br />
  14. 14. What We Know<br />Topics for Community Education<br />Paper and toner conservation<br />Document settings<br />Default margins<br />Default 2-up<br />Print quotas<br />Library/labs only? … Offices?<br />Education + focus on cost recovery and/or limits<br />E-reserves opportunities<br />
  15. 15. What We Know<br />Energy and water conservation <br />Energy audits<br />Outsourcing can save 20%<br />Possible economy of scale factor<br />In-house options<br />Equipment power setting<br />Reusable ink cartridges<br />Staff incentives/concerns<br />Temperature settings<br />
  16. 16. Question:<br />We know a lot, but what do we show?<br />Become VISIBLE!<br />
  17. 17. What We Can Do<br />Methods for communication<br />Surveys<br />Exhibits<br />EcoTours @ Your Library<br />Workshops/Brown Bags<br />News outlets<br />Campus involvement<br />
  18. 18. Wrapping Up<br />Good will<br /> +<br />Good policies<br /> =<br />Good budget impact<br />
  19. 19. Take Action!<br />One of the best things you can do to enhance library sustainability is to create a library green action plan.<br />For more information on the topics we mentioned, please visit: http://libguides.iwu.edu/greenlibrary<br />