Going Green in the Library: It's Not Just for Contractors


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Going Green in the Library: It’s Not Just for Contractors

Michael Crumpton, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Sarah Dorsey, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Beth Filar-Williams, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Mary Scanlon, Wake Forest University

Ameet Doshi, Georgia Perimeter College

Many green initiatives are related directly to new construction or major remodels, as these events provide the opportunity for energy efficient solutions. “Going Green” in these circumstances typically falls to an institution’s physical plant or facilities department with an emphasis on the building itself and/or basic recycling. So what about the rest of the sustainable activities that can make a difference in our everyday lives and of course our future? Libraries across the world have started making small contributions to sustainability with awareness programs, community projects, and a change of attitude toward protecting our environment. Building or remodeling buildings alone will not achieve long term goals for a sustainable future. Actions need to be in the hands of the building’s occupants and users.

This panel discussion by library experts, who have each been pro-active advocates in their libraries for looking beyond basic activities or relying on a facilities project to get them green, will provide plenty of ideas for conference attendees to take home and put into action. They will each share unique experiences, ideas, programs and results that they each made happen, in order to change personal behaviors, address problem spots and personalize “Going Green”, in a library environment. A bibliography will also be shared with conference participants that address green initiatives designed for the everyday person, but tailored to a library and its constituents. Conference attendees will not have to go back and ask for money to make something happen, but instead will be armed with practical every day, common sense, actionable suggestions for making a “Green” difference in their library.

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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/whitecatsg/3292554232/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/blmurch/2150616862/ Reduce Paper
  4. 4. Switch to Digital Resources http://www.flickr.com/photos/beebe_library/3042545758/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/2608962510/
  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? 1. Yes 2. No 54% 3. Not sure 38% 8% s o re Ye N su ot N
  7. 7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbray/2218987863/ Reduce energy http://www.flickr.com/photos/88319047@N00/679581302/
  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? 1. Yes 100% 2. No 3. Not Sure 0% 0% s o re Ye N Su ot N
  14. 14. What Does Your Library Recycle? 1. Paper 2. Cardboard 82% 71% 71% 3. Glass 59% 65% 4. Aluminum/metal 47% 5. Plastic 29% 6. Electronics 7. Other 6% 8. Nothing ss s ng t ic er rd er al ic th la p oa et i as on th Pa G O /m b Pl No tr rd um ec Ca El in mu Al
  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. 1. True 2. False 92% 8% ue e ls Tr Fa
  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? 1. Bike 2. Bus 53% 3. Car alone 4. Carpool 5. Telecommute 20% 13% 6. Train 7% 7% 0% 0% 7. Walk n k ne e e us ol al ai ut ik po o B W Tr B m al ar m ar C co C le Te
  26. 26. Has your library screened a film on sustainability? 1. Yes 43% 2. No 36% 3. Not sure 21% s o re Ye N su ot N
  27. 27. Has your library organized a sustainable book group? 1. Yes 43% 2. No 29% 29% 3. Not sure s o re Ye N su ot N
  28. 28. Green Campus or Community Portal
  29. 29. http://www.chipublib.org/cplbooksmovies/poptopics/environment.php
  30. 30. http://schaumburglibrarygreenside.wordpress.com/
  31. 31. Do you use paperless collaboration tools? 50% 1. Frequently 43% 2. Occasionally 3. Hmmm, once maybe 7% 4. Never 0% e er ly ly b l nt ev na ay ue N io m eq as e nc Fr cc ,o O m m m H
  32. 32. Are You Engaged in Sustainable Activities in Your Library? 1. Yes – with the 77% library’s approval 2. Yes, but not with the library’s support 3. No 15% 8% o . . . l.. N ry e ra th lib ith e th w ot ith tn w bu – s s, Ye Ye
  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