Sustainability Initiative (SI) Update

Submitted by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich & Matt Bollerman, NYLA-SI Co-Chairs

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Benchmarking Test Goes Live!

  1. Part 1: Intrigued about our announcement earlier this year about our collaboration with the Westchester Green Building Council? Learn more about how your library and community can through the recorded webinar"Certifiably Sustainable - A Clear Path Forward For Your Library” with Jill Davis, Director of the award-winning Hendrick Hudson Free Library & Dani Glaser, creator and Co-Director of Westchester Green Business. Listen in to learn about an exciting and challenging new opportunity for the public libraries of New York State to embark on a journey to be a more sustainable library.
  2. Webinar recording and slides
  3. Part 2: We want to thank the ten New York libraries who have stepped up to help us test custom sustainability benchmarks for libraries! While many of the environmental benchmarks are addressed through the GBC program mentioned above, these libraries are test pilots for benchmarks in the areas of:
  4. Partnerships
  5. Community Involvement
  6. Social Equity & Resiliency
  7. Financial Sustainability
  8. Collections

So if you know any of our pilot libraries say thanks! They are helping to trailblaze a way into the future for New York's Libraries!:

  1. Cortland Free Library
  2. Hauppauge Public Library
  3. Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
  4. Lindenhurst Memorial Library
  5. Mechanicville District Public Library
  6. Northern Onondaga Public Library
  7. Ossining Public Library
  8. Potsdam Public Library
  9. South Central Regional Library Council
  10. Queens Library

The results of this pilot will help the NYLA Sustainability Initiative create a certification path for libraries to become officially celebrated Sustainable Libraries! Watch for more news on this front later this year!

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
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 26, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Click here to register!

SI Road Trip!

Members of the Sustainability Initiative will be on the road this spring, taking the message to where you are! Don't miss the chance to hear what "Sustainable Thinking" for libraries is all about and how you can get started at your library!

  1. April 12: Public Library Association (PLA) Webinar  |  Registration & More Information
  2. April 21: SENY-CON 2017  |  Registration & More Information
  3. April 19 & 20: NIOGA Library System  |  Registration & More Information
  4. April 26: Questar III BOCES
  5. April 28
    1. Youth Services Section Conference Exhibitor - stop by to say hi!
    2. Rochester Regional Library Council  |  Registration & More Information
  6. May 19: Agents of Change: Sustainability In Public Schools, Universities and Libraries Conference @Queens Library |  More Information Coming Soon!
  7. May 23: ENY/ACRL Conference @Sienna
  8. June 9: Southern Tier Library System |  Registration & More Information

Want to have the Sustainability Initiative come to your region?  Contact for more information

Zero-Waste Event for NYLA-SI Get Together

Earlier this year the NYLA Sustainability Initiative Committee gathered at the NYLA headquarters in Guilderland, NY to debrief from their inaugural year, process feedback received from the library community and plan for the coming year.

As part of the planning for this event Committee co-chairs Matthew Bollerman and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich went the extra mile to demonstrate what a “zero-waste” event could look like. A zero-waste event is one in which event organizers plan ahead to reduce solid waste from the event and set up Zero-Waste Stations for those recyclable and compostable materials such as cups, plates and food scraps that are generated by the event.

Attendees were encouraged to bring their own refillable and reusable water bottles and their own coffee/tea receptacles. Organizers provided compostable plates, cutlery and cups (for those people who forgot their water bottles!)

The event was eye opening from both the organizer and attendee perspective and surprisingly easy to do. It is interesting how small decisions can make a big impact. Check out the NYS Office of General Services’ offerings that could help you get closer to producing your own zero-waste event!  

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To create leadership and provide tools to mobilize libraries to think and act sustainably.
In a way that builds awareness and consensus while inspiring action by members of the library community to own their role as sustainability leaders in their communities,
So that communities thrive, bounce back from disruption and are infused with new and better life for everyone.

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