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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.