Gearing up for Earth Day 2016

Libraries have long been in the reduce-reuse-recyle business. Way before the first Earth Day celebration kicked off 46 years ago, we’d been resource-sharing and reducing consumption for generations. Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd. Don’t miss this opportunity to show your community how the library honors and sustains our most precious resource, our planet.

Here are 5 things you and your library can do to celebrate Earth Day this and every year!

1.    Partner with your local community supported agriculture (CSA) and be a food pickup location, like the Valley Cottage Library.
2.    Engage your community to participate in a regional litter cleanup of parks and roads, like the Mundy Branch of the Onondaga County Public Library.
3.    Craft using recycled and found materials, like the Daniel McHugh Library in Piermont, NY.
4.    Work with your administration and board to sign a resolution like the Climate Smart Community Library Pledge the Kingston Library ratified.
5.    Help the Earth Day Network reach their goal of 3 Billion Acts of Green by reducing e-waste, beginning a composting project or ending use of disposable plastic in your library.

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The Sustainability Spotlight is a weekly series that highlights community-driven, environmentally sound, and economically responsible programs and projects in libraries and other organizations. You can find more projects in the Sustainability Spotlight Archive or visit NYLA's Sustainability Initiative to learn more about how you can get started with sustainability in your library.