Sustainability Spotlight Archive


The Sustainability Spotlights highlight community-driven, environmentally sound, and economically responsible programs and projects in libraries and other organizations.


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Public Libraries

Haverstraw Public Library's Solar Installation

Kingston Library Pledges to Go Green!

Community Responsive Programming → Community Service @ Pawling Library

Gearing up for Earth Day 2016

Get Your Hands Dirty @ Your Library

Phoenicia Library is 1st Passive House Public Library in US!

Library Enriches Community w/ Farmer's Mkt

Libraries Step Up (in times of crisis) Facebook Group

The Future is Now at Anythink Libraries

Capital Region Public Libraries Support Alternatives to Driving

Case Study: Implementing Sustainability

Seymour Library: Pushing Green to Patrons

Cedar Rapids Public Library Green Roof and Storm Water Management

Check Out Sustainable Garden Practices at the LibraryFarm in Cicero

E Greenbush Library/YMCA Farmers’ Market

Skaneateles Library: Bringing the Library to You!

Sydney Your Say: Placemaking the Library

Trumansburg Library Goes Solar

Book Angels Alight in Rochester

Sustainability at North Canton Public Library

Habitat Gardening in Central New York & Liverpool Public Library: Partners in Sustainability

Be a Library Advocate


Academic Libraries

Sustainability at the J.Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah

Student Projects Increase SU Sustainability

LEED-inspired features in the Sojourner Truth Library Renovation @ SUNY New Paltz

At UAlbany Sustainability is a Group Effort

Academic Libraries open for Community Earth Day Celebrations

Sustainable Initiatives at UMass Amherst Libraries!

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)

Grand Valley State University’s (Allendale, Michigan) $65 million Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons

Green IT at SUNY Potsdam

Programming in Practice at Olin Library

Sierra Magazine’s 2016 Cool School List

SUNY New Paltz President is signatory on climate change letter from Higher Education leaders


School Libraries

Schuylerville Green Ribbon School Project

Mt. Kisco Elementary Garden

Equitable Access to Tech @ Ithaca City Schools

School Librarians and Chromebooks at Ithaca City Schools

MyLibraryNYC Brings City Schools and Libraries Together

Net Zero Buildings: A Balancing Act

One Book Can Make a Difference

New Paltz High School Courtyard Gardens

The Sustainability Academy Library: One Part of the Whole


Special Libraries

Adopt Green Power with Grants from EBSCO Solar

The Return on Investment for Telecommuting Librarians

NYS Aggregated Purchase of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Building More than Green Libraries, Building Strong Communities; NYLA Sustainability Initiative

Green Warriors Help NYLA Increase Sustainability Awareness

Sustainability at NYLA Conference

University Heights Tool Library

Libraries Step Up to Westchester Green Buisiness Challenge

NYLA Sustainability Roadmap App