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|Issue 3 | March 2017|
Zero Waste Is Not Recycling More, But Less
Zero Waste Is Not Recycling More, But Less
Integrate Sustainable Practice into Library Operations
Libraries looking for a clear path forward to create a more sustainable institution and community can benefit from the comprehensive, holistic sustainability program now available to all public libraries in New York State.
Thanks to a collaboration between the New York Library Association and Westchester Green Business any public library in New York State can work with the WGB program to achieve a reduction in energy waste, water, and transportation costs as well as land use and purchasing. By combining workplace practices and behaviors, staff are more engaged to turn off their computers, shut off the lights and bring their own water bottles and mugs for morning coffee
The program, Green Business Certification, provides a turnkey system to successfully integrate sustainable practices into library operations. Library leaders will learn exactly where resources are being wasted and identify opportunities to increase efficiency and save money. Proprietary performance tools are used to calculate the economic and environmental impacts of energy, travel, waste, water, and refrigerants in a library, while staff surveys gauge behavioral impacts.
With funding awarded through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities (CGC) Program, Westchester Green Business has opened access for all public libraries in New York State to this groundbreaking program. It has helped dozens of businesses, nonprofits, and the award-winning Hendrick Hudson Free Library make operational decisions that result in a more sustainable, resilient future for themselves and their communities. This collaboration helps bring to life the Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries unanimously passed in 2014 by the Council of the New York Library Association.
There are two upcoming opportunities to learn more about the program and its benefits for libraries from Jill Davis, the director of the Hendrick Hudson Free Library, the first library in the state to become certified under this program and Dani Glaser, Westchester Green Business Program Director.
1) At your convenience: Check out this short (10 minute) interview with Jill & Dani
2) Register for a 1-hour webinar for an expanded conversation with Jill and Dani on Wednesday, March 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. There will be time for your questions to be answered on this webinar.
Thanks to this collaboration any public library in New York State may join this program and benefit from the 10% discount for non-profit organizations. Check out the 2017 Membership Rates and access the Membership form.
Libraries have long been in the reduce-reuse-recycle 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 Saturday, April 22. 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 using the NYLA Sustainability Initiative Benchmarks*.
1. Establish a partnership with a not-for-profit organization within your community that will expand the library’s scope in the community and address patron needs.
Become a pick up site for a CSA.
The Valley Cottage Library partners with the Rockland Farm Alliance to share in a mutually beneficial relationship with community farmers and the environment. CSA members become part of the necessary change that will keep organic food production in Rockland for generations to come.
Start a Seed Library. They are legal in NY State as long as seeds are freely given and not sold.
The Glen Cove Public Library is launching its seed library on Earth Day this year. This past February it had a seed packing party during a short documentary film festival about food and sustainable farming from Real Food Films.
The Kingston Library signed the Climate Smart Community Library Pledge in 2010.
Apply for the NASA@MyLibrary STEM education initiative (due March 22) and support STEM learning in your library. The Mundy Branch of OCPL will be observing clouds and making wind streamers out of recyclable material on Earth Day. If the library is funded through the grant they will incorporate the August solar eclipse into their “observations.”
5. The library’s collection development policy includes guidelines for the disposal of library materials. Focus should be on reuse first and recycling second. Care should be taken to eliminate or reduce items that are not ultimately non-recyclable.
Update your policy to include how you dispose of withdrawn materials. The American Library Association has created a LibGuide on book donation programs.
*These custom benchmarks are currently being field tested. They will be available to all NY libraries in the near future.
Show us what you and your library did for Earth Day!
Tag us at #sustainablenylibraries @nyla1890 .
Certifiably Sustainable - A Clear Path Forward For Your Librarywith Jill Davis, Director, Hendrick Hudson Free Library & Dani Glaser,creator and Co-Director of Westchester Green Business
Facilitator: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, co-chair, New York Library Association Sustainability Initiative Committee & Coordinator for Library Sustainability for the Mid-Hudson Library System
Join us to learn about an exciting and challenging new opportunity for the public libraries of New York State to embark on journey to be a more sustainable library.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Community Change Agents Information Sessions
Join the NYLA Sustainability Initiative's Community Change Agents in a live webinar to hear in detail about how you can apply to attend our year long training program designed to strengthen the library's place in the community. Learn more about the topics of the four training sessions, what the requirements are to apply, and how to become an active participant devoted to positive change in the three areas of sustainability.
Tuesday April 18, 2017
Wednesday April 26, 2017
SENY-Con is an annual conference to highlight the unique talents and skills that are held by the library professionals in the Southeastern region. This event is made possible due to an outpouring of enthusiasm from our members, and the event is free for all SENYLRC members. We hope you can join us!
Presentations this year include: NYLA Sustainability Initiative, Claudia Depkin, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Casey Conlin, Poughkeepsie Public Library District
Friday, April 21, 2017
Save the Date
Sustainable Thinking for the Future of New York Libraries
Public Library Association Webinar - April 12
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