Creating a Green Environment @ your library


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Presented at Southwest Workshop Days in Durango CO October 2009: Sustainability, or going green, is more than a buzz word but the way we must all embrace the future to meet the triple bottom line: equity, the economy and the environment. Libraries are meant to be the center of their schools, campuses, and communities drawing together diverse entities & disciplines, acting as catalysts for exploration and as models for their community. This session will explore the politics, behaviors and partnerships required for libraries to influence, educate and model the idea of going green. Some tips on how to get started on going green will also be shared and discussed

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  • Creating a Green Environment @ your library(from wordle)
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  • (5-10 min) Introductions/icebreaker?? And what do you want to learn today. (10min) Overview of issue of climate-energy crisis (friedman book ideas/concepts)  include triple bottom line concept(10 min) How does this related to libraries/why should we care? Brainstorm ideas as group. My thoughts: We use energyModel behavior – for community and/or for youthSave moneyWe care?(10 min) what are you doing already? Share ideas. (10min) Behaviors & habitsScenarios/myths (10 min) How to get people on boardPolitics/your admin supportForm a green teamIn your missionCommunity or campus (larger group) ideal?Campaign/gameModel it yourself(10 min)Some basic ideas to get started(15 min)Action plan – explain and give time to complete(10 min) Show resources (wiki, blog, ning, etc), Questions, Evaluate +/delta
  • We are beginning a new era. Not a post era anything. To continue living the way we want be need to change – its not sustainable. As Tom Friedman said in book Hot Flat and Crowded.
  • Hot (global warming):    -industrial revolution began this trend of using fossil fuels (oil, coal, natural gas) which emit CO2 (from transportation, from humans, from cows, from industry) Over last 100 years, we have dramatically changed the environment.     - Problem: its an invisible gas we dont see it smell it and just have indirect effects so people ignore it.  Global temp has risen .08% C - seems like nothing, but compare it to a 1 degree body temp in human which is a sign to you that something is wrong and shouldnt be ignored.   Flat (flattening of earth, more access globally to info and resources):    - more individuals can now get information and access more resources thus growth in middle class and higher standards of living in all countires. They want to live like america. Problem: we don’t have the sustainable resources for the world to live like americans.Crowded (incredible population growth):     - check out - put in your birth year and get info. EX:  1950:2.28 billion people = 2050: estimated 9 billion people.  -China for ex has been growing 8-9% in recent years.    - cities will grow (from 1950 - 1995 we went from 5 to 14 megacities); small cities will be hit hardest w/ the lack infrastructure to support this many people.    - CIA Director Hayden says demographics/population is the biggest threat to the world not terrorism. WHY? countries that cant sustain this growth in population = instability (which can lead to terrorism) More young people, not getting their basic needs back (lack of infastructure) will then cause more violence and upheaval. This will occur in many mideast countries.   
  • Largest growing population demographic is MIDDLE CLASS IN POOR COUNTRIES. Its not sustainable for other countries to live like we do over-compusmption but how can we tell them they cant.(ex: dinner party, we get to eat everything and invite them only to desert and ask them to share and not overcomsume)
  • *biodiverstiy loss @ recordrates:Deforestation:  produced more CO2 than all transportation combined!  1 acre lost/second in tropics. 1/2 tropical forest are gone. 1/2 wetlands are gone. 1/3 mangroves are gone (ex: katrina). 20% coral is gone. 90% of predator fish our gone. we are *disruptive climate change:We produce 1 lb CO2 a day driving. EX: compare it to if  you threw out 1lb of trash from your car for every mile you drive (2 lbs if you drive a hummer) loosing species at a rate 1000x more than normal/natural.
  • the convergence of these things is most dynamic shaping of the world in the future.which can give birth to new world, new jobs, new economy--> the effect of these will be on multiple future generations but with new tools and technologies and collaborations we can meet this challenge. In the past countries who took on issues/challenges then lead the world in the next era! Its time for the US to take change and take the lead.* There are ways to build an economy through innovation and technology (jobs!) yet lower out waste. Cradle to Cradle ideas – create things (furniture, buildings etc) that can be reused and rebuilt – not going into landfill. (Bill McDonough & Michael Braungart )
  • Sustainability, or going green, is more than a buzz word but the way we must all embrace the future to meet the triple bottom line: equity, the economy and the environment.. “meeting the needs of the present in such a way that future generations can meet their own needs." (
  • Libraries are meant to be the center of their schools, campuses, and communities, drawing together diverse entities and disciplines, acting as catalysts for exploration and as models for their community. This session will explore the politics, behaviors and partnerships required for libraries to influence, educate and model the idea of going green. Some tips on how to get started going green will also be shared and discussed**Can we build library collections & materials, teach workshops, act as a model, and use sustainable practices in our libraries?
  • City hall in Chicago – green roof!Reducing pollution = less waste == better health for us all. Better working environment - less likely to cause health problems for workers. (33% less sick!)More than just Green Building; green-up your re-do, re-modling, green roof, solar panels; (from donor?) HVAC upgrades, etc Create green garden area, or just potted plants,Green cleaning products.
  • For our schools, for our community…Buy recycled paperSmart plugs – turn on and offUse better light bulbsRecycle bins at every deskBYO – mug and water bottleLaptops
  • Teachings learning to gardenGreen presentation at libraryKids ready to join a green economy
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  • Behavior is something that you act out physically, such as taking a walk, or smoking a cigarette, or rolling your eyes when your spouse is complaining. However, behaviors can be subtle, non-physical things too. Thinking can be considered a behavior, for instance.HABITS: for example, you could never have walked up to a computer for the first time and type 90 words a minute. A habit is any behavior that is repeated often enough to become automatic and almost effortlessCan you give me an example of these?So to change habits we need to influence behavior. How do we change behavior?
  • If time --- get them in groups to talk about how to combat these barriers… or talk about it as a large group (next slide is discussion ?s on why change is hard)
  • Discuss as a large group.
  • Try force field analysis:Write down problem.Brainstorm list of driving forces that would help make the changeBrainstorm list of restraining forces that would keep things are they area.Combine/duplicate ideas and prioritize – which could you work to eliminate, which are key factors, which are easy to eliminate.Create timetable, set commitments and priorities.
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  • Highlight your green building and its benefits (savings!)Highlight online your green events, books, resourcesBook disply of your green resourcesHighlight a patron who is greenOther ideas? books at UNCG
  • Can it become part of your mission/plan? If so it will be easier to implement ideas!Hold forums, focus groups sessions, brain storm for ideas from your users … also will help you find local experts to use for programming. You never know who might join your committee that you werent aware of! Don’t forget all aspects of green including health, safety and cost
  • Don’t be isolated!What’s going on: OWRR on campus; sustainable greensborImpact: Facilities, physical plant, county maintenanceCollaborate: local non profits, our ex: Healthy Guilford, Share the Ride
  • One thing we do…. w/ partners.Film Series? Film night?
  • Get the word out – blog about it? Newsletters? Buleltin boards?Collect existing info - whats your baseline? What have you done already?Walkthrough - what jumps out at you to redo (Review key service and operational areas)
  • The Alliance library systems blog and handouts
  • Bike rack?Green Cleaning products?Create garden of potted plantsPlant a tree ceremonyGreen games – competition amoung staff or students
  • By suzanne metcalf -
  • Greeenworks! Grant program for K-12 schools
  • Creating a Green Environment @ your library

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    3. 3. Outline:<br />Intro & icebreaker<br />Overview of global issue<br />Connecting it to Libraries<br />Behaviors & Habits<br />Getting People on Board<br />Action Plan<br />Resources & Conclusions<br />
    4. 4. Icebreaker<br />
    5. 5. Climate –Energy Crisis<br /><br />
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    7. 7.<br />US is about 5% of the world&apos;s population … yet uses about 25% of the energy resources consumed a year.<br />Energy Information Administration and U.S. EPA<br />
    8. 8. Conserve natural resources<br />before they are gone<br />
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    10. 10. 2.68 lbs/person/day (1960)<br /><br />4.6 lbs/person/day (2006)<br />4.6 lbs/person/day (2006)<br />http://<br />
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    12. 12.<br /><br />Sustainability <br />
    13. 13. Why green libraries? <br />
    14. 14. save energy = save earth = save money<br />Libraries Use Energy<br /><br />
    15. 15. Healthier Environment<br /><br />
    16. 16. Model Behavior<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
    17. 17. Educate<br /><br /><br /><br />
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    19. 19. Behaviors & Habits<br />Behavior is something you do; an action you take.<br />Habits are formed by practice<br />
    20. 20. Changing Behaviors<br />Positive/+ Reinforcement – reward individuals for “green” actions.<br />Positive /+ Punishment - suffer consequences of poor “green” habits.<br />Negative /- Reinforcement –negative condition stopped when behavior changes.<br />Negative /- Punishment – take away the temptations of poor green habits.<br />
    21. 21. Barriers<br />The way we’ve always done it! <br />Motivation/Incentives (why should I?)<br />Infrastructure can’t support<br />Can’t do one, why do all?<br />Nothing to compare to<br />Let the experts figure it out<br />Start-up capital<br />
    22. 22. Changing people&apos;s behavior:<br />Why is change so incredibly difficult for people? <br />What is it about how our brains are wired that resists change so tenaciously? <br />Why do we fight even what we know to be in our own vital interests?<br />
    23. 23. Behavior Changing Myths:<br />Crisis is a powerful impetus for change<br />Change is motivated by fear<br />The facts will set us free<br />Small, gradual changes are always easier to make and sustain <br />We can&apos;t change because our brains become &quot;hardwired&quot; early in life<br />
    24. 24. How to get started?<br />
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    26. 26. Existing Resources & Practices<br />
    27. 27. Creating a Greener Library<br />Start w/ your administration, board, principal. <br />Survey your users. Hold forums. <br />Form a Green Library(School) Committee.<br />Develop statistics to make your arguments.<br />Find partners. <br />
    28. 28. Who are your partners?<br />What is going on in your community?<br />What impact do they & your higher organization have on you?<br />Who can you collaborate with in your community?<br />
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    30. 30. Green Library Committee<br />Include administration, students/patrons, trustees, housekeeping, etc.<br />Get the word out <br />Collect existing information<br />Conduct facility walkthrough <br />Talk with all staff: educate and learn<br />Set specific goals<br />Track your progress and celebrate successes<br />
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    33. 33. Altered Books<br /> an artistic method of recycling weeded books:<br />The following photos are courtesy of Kimberly Hopkins, independent library consultant.<br />
    34. 34. Gift bags from book covers<br />By suzanne metcalf <br /><br />
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