Webinar Archive

The video presentations below can help you understand sustainability and how you can put it into practice in your library.


NYLA Sustainability Initiative Introduction

Certifiably Sustainable

Sustainable Thinking Mini Course

Sustainable Library Certification Program Introduction

Green Busines Partnership Training for Libraries

Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency at Your Library

NYS Office of General Services Green Procurement


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NYLA Sustainability Initiative Introduction

This short video provides an introduction to the work and goals of the Sustainability Initiative.





Certifiably Sustainable:

A clear path forward for your library

Thanks to a collaboration between the New York Library Association and Westchester Green Business (WGB) 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. Learn more about this program with Jill Davis, Director, Hendrick Hudson Free Library & Dani Glaser,creator and Co-Director of Westchester Green Business.

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Sustainable Thinking Mini Course

A deeper dive into sutainable thinking and ways libraries are applying sustainability to their organizations.




Sustainable Library Certification Program


NYLA's Sustainability Initiative Co-Chair Rebekkah Smith Aldrich introduces the brand new Sustainable Library Certification Program in this one hour webinar




Sustainable Library Certification

Program: GBP Dashboard Training for

SLCP Participants

Libraries enrolled in the NYLA Sustainable Library Certification Program (SLCP) can view this webinar for an orientaiton to the Green Business Partnership's online dashboard to track your organization's work on the Green Action Checklist and GHG Inventory Tool as part of the SLCP.




Disaster Planning and Community

Resiliency at Your Library

This webinar will provide you with guidance on how to prepare your library to respond to the next disaster or crisis and to support community resiliency.

Recent catastrophes have highlighted the important role public libraries play in enhancing their community’s resiliency and post-disaster recovery efforts. Many community leaders now view libraries as ad hoc disaster recovery centers and recognize librarians as Information First Responders. This presentation will help you and your library embrace this new role as Information First Responders, who quickly enable people to get back to work, back to their lives, and ensure recovery of the community’s economic life. Learn what you need to prepare before disaster strikes, guided by New Jersey State Library’s Disaster Preparedness & Community Resiliency Toolkit, which has been emergency-tested by libraries. Your library can be at the forefront in providing that safe haven in times of crisis and helping your community return to normal life.

  1. Disaster Preparedness & Community Resiliency Toolkit (New Jersey State Library)
  2. Pocket Response Plan™ PReP ™ Templates (Council of State Archivists)
  3. Alliance for Response
  4. Disaster Planning Template - doc (Indiana State Library)
  5. Introduction to Incident Command System (FEMA course)
  6. Community Emergency Response Team volunteer program (FEMA)
  7. Citizen Corp volunteer program (FEMA)
  8. About VOST (Virtual Operations Support Team)
  9. Ready.gov, Plan ahead for disasters and National Preparedness Month (September)
  10. Emergency Preparedness & Response (CDC)
  11. Fact Sheet: After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures - pdf (FEMA)




NYS Office of General Services

Green Procurment Resources

Learn about green purchasing and the opportunities that are available for using OGS centralized contracts. This webinar will explain how to use OGS contracts, describe the most frequently purchased green products and discuss the latest trends in green purchasing.

  1. Presentation (PDF)
  2. Procurement Services Contract Portal
  3. Find Contracts
  4. Corcraft preferred sources
  5. Preferred sources for people who are blind
  6. GreenNY website
  7. Center for Environmental Health