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Going Green in the Library: It's not just for contractors

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Michael Crumpton, Mary Scanlon, Sarah Dorsey, Ameet Doshi, Beth Filar Williams discuss ways that library's can take steps to green operations.

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Going Green in the Library: It's not just for contractors

  1. 1. Going Green in the Library: It’s Not Just for Contractors Michael Crumpton, UNC Greensboro Sarah B. Dorsey, UNC Greensboro Ameet D. Doshi, Georgia Perimeter College Mary G. Scanlon, Wake Forest University Beth Filar Williams, UNC Greensboro
  2. 2. Topics • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle • Operations & Maintenance • Transportation • Communication • Politics & Pay
  3. 3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/blmurch/2150616862/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitecatsg/3292554232/ Reduce Paper
  4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/beebe_library/3042545758/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/2608962510/ Switch to Digital Resources
  5. 5. Think ILL Free Online Journals http://www.flickr.com/photos/herzogbr/2633936090/
  6. 6. Is your printer set for automatic double-sided printing? Yes N o N otsure 54% 8% 38% 1. Yes 2. No 3. Not sure
  7. 7. Reduce energy http://www.flickr.com/photos/88319047@N00/679581302/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbray/2218987863/
  8. 8. Reduce Purchases … & be FREE!
  9. 9. Reuse, Recycle Do well by doing good
  10. 10. Reuse One staff party can produce bags and bags of garbage containing: – Paper plates and napkins – Plastic (styrene) cups and utensils – Plastic table coverings – food waste The recycling potential for these materials is minimal, at best.
  11. 11. Reuse Alternatives? – Buy a set of real silverware at Goodwill – Buy a set of real dishes at the Habitat store – Buy a fabric table cloth – Encourage people to bring their own cups and glasses to meetings and parties
  12. 12. Recycling • Patron waste • Library material
  13. 13. Does Your Library Have a Recycling Program? Yes N o N otSure 100% 0%0% 1. Yes 2. No 3. Not Sure
  14. 14. What Does Your Library Recycle? PaperCardboard G lass Alum inum /m etal PlasticElectronics O ther Nothing 82% 59% 71% 6% 29% 47% 71% 65% 1. Paper 2. Cardboard 3. Glass 4. Aluminum/metal 5. Plastic 6. Electronics 7. Other 8. Nothing
  15. 15. Recycling Patron Waste Our Experience Increase participation, decrease contamination: • Put containers where patrons are • Offer recycling and trash containers together
  16. 16. Recycling Library Material • Paper: books, newspapers… • Packaging material: cardboard, chipboard • E-waste: computers, batteries
  17. 17. Recycling Library Material What to do with weeded books? • Used book sale • aLibris • Better World Books • Donate to another non-profits – public library – women’s shelter • Remove hard covers and recycle paper
  18. 18. Recycling Library Material What to do with used packaging? • Use large envelopes for campus mail • Ship ILL materials in used boxes • Reuse packing material – peanuts, bubble wrap • Recycle any cardboard or chipboard that can’t be reused
  19. 19. Recycling Library Material What to do with e-waste? • Send to a re-builder: RetroBox, FreeGeek • Donate to local technical college to practice repairs • Bring to Goodwill
  20. 20. Landfills are Big Business
  21. 21. Only new construction can earn LEED certification. True False 92% 8% 1. True 2. False
  22. 22. Operations and Maintenance
  23. 23. Transportation
  24. 24. Tips for Saving Gas 1. Plan ahead and combine as many errands into one trip as possible. 2. Inflate your tires to the proper setting. 3. Don't speed, and avoid quick acceleration. 4. Avoid excessive idling. 5. Change air and fuel filters periodically. 6. Buy your gas during the coolest part of the day. 7. Tune up your engine. 8. Use the right engine oil.
  25. 25. How do you commute to work? B ike B usC aralone C arpool Telecom m ute Train W alk 0% 0% 53% 20% 13% 7%7% 1. Bike 2. Bus 3. Car alone 4. Carpool 5. Telecommute 6. Train 7. Walk
  26. 26. Has your library screened a film on sustainability? Yes N o N otsure 43% 21% 36% 1. Yes 2. No 3. Not sure
  27. 27. Has your library organized a sustainable book group? Yes N o N otsure 29% 29% 43%1. Yes 2. No 3. Not sure
  28. 28. GreenCampusorCommunityPortal
  29. 29. http://www.chipublib.org/cplbooksmovies/poptopics/environment.php
  30. 30. http://schaumburglibrarygreenside.wordpress.com/
  31. 31. Do you use paperless collaboration tools? Frequently O ccasionally H m m m ,once m aybe N ever 50% 0% 7% 43%1. Frequently 2. Occasionally 3. Hmmm, once maybe 4. Never
  32. 32. Are You Engaged in Sustainable Activities in Your Library? Yes – w ith the library.. Yes,butnotw ith the l... N o 77% 8% 15% 1. Yes – with the library’s approval 2. Yes, but not with the library’s support 3. No
  33. 33. The Green Library • Resources – Print, electronic, Web 2.0 – Wayfinders, research guides, training • Facilities – Campus hub – Shared reasons to visit • Staffing – Common vision
  34. 34. Key Elements of Greening Up • Awareness • Education • Action
  35. 35. What are the Risks? • Established patterns • Existing equipment What are the Barriers? • The way we’ve always done it! • Motives/Incentives
  36. 36. Who are your partners? Don’t be isolated. • What’s going on in your community? • What impact does your higher organization’s recycling efforts have on YOU? • With what other organizations can you partner?
  37. 37. Changing Behaviors Not easy!
  38. 38. Learning Theory Methods • Positive reinforcement • Positive punishment • Negative reinforcement • Negative punishment Use a combination of methods to change behavior – yours, your co-workers’ and your institutions’.
  39. 39. Behavior-Related Myths Can Block Long-lasting Change • Crisis is a powerful impetus for change • Change is motivated by fear • The facts will set us free • Small, gradual changes are always easier to make and sustain • We can't change because our brains become "hardwired" early in life
  40. 40. Paying the Price • Apply for Grants • Get Donors interested • Collaborate with other organizations • Share with community organizations
  41. 41. Greening Your Library http://greeningyourlibrary.pbworks.com/Inspira tionInnovationCelebration Facebook group = greenlibrary

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