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The Newsletter of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative

December 2018

Drawdown is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases
in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis.

Paul Hawken


March 2019

Drawdown Learn Book Cover

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Is it possible to reverse global warming? Project Drawdown is facilitating a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policymakers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial, financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years. This video is on behalf of Net Impact Chapter of ASU.

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Tell Me Something Good: Drawdown Co-Creator Event

On Friday December 7, 2018 the NYLA-SI hosted a co-creator event to begin to build a toolkit for the Drawdown Book Club. Here are a few teasers that you can think about to start thinking about programming in March and April 2019.

If your community is just getting started here are some solutions, as ranked by Drawdown scientists, that will reduce or avoid the concentration of greenhouse gases.

War Production Board Poster Scuttlebut Sam Says#3 Reduced food waste
#4 Plant rich diet
#10 Rooftop solar
#33 LED lighting in homes
#44 LED lighting commercial
#46 Water Savings
#57 Smart thermostats
#55 Household recycling
#60 Composting



Office for Emergency Management. War Production Board. (01/1942 - 11/03/1945)

You can also work backwards and check out the Drawdown EcoChallenge website to see where you want to lead your community into action in April.

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The Center for Disease Control wants you to consider these seasonal statistics:

  • Eco Friendly Gift Box with Natural ElementsAmericans throw away about 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
  • If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
  • About 35% of Americans have an unused Christmas present collecting dust in their closets.

If you want to incorporate sustainability into your holiday celebrations take a look at the
CDC’s suggestions: Go Green for the Holidays


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GET with the PROGRAM

Saratoga Springs Staff Certified Green Business PartnersThe Saratoga Springs Public Library celebrated their Green Business Certification on December 10, 2019. They are now officially the second library, statewide, to be certified by the Green Business Partnership! This is a required component to becoming a certified Sustainable Library through the New York Library Association- NYLA!


Picture left to right: Ike Pulver, director; Janet Lindner, Board President; Jennifer Ferriss, Green Team Chair

The movement has begun. You can be the first on your block to join the Sustainable Library Certification Program. Nearly 40 libraries statewide have signed up to change the way they interact with their communities.

This cutting-edge, one-of-a-kind benchmarking system helps you position your library as a community leader, helping to make the world a better place while proving that libraries are a smart investment for our future.

The program will lead your library’s administration, board, and staff through a series of activities to foster an organizational culture in your library that will position the library to contribute to the realization of a more sustainable, resilient, and regenerative community.


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