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The Newsletter of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative

March 2019


Congratulations to the staff and community of the Lindenhurst Memorial Library for completing the Green Business Partnership certification, phase one of the NYLA Sustainable Library Certification Program. They are the first library on Long Island and third in the state to achieve Green Business Partnership status.


The Suffolk Cooperative Library System also completed their Green Business Partnership certification and is the first public library system headquarters to achieve this status.

So what are you waiting for? Join the almost 40 public libraries statewide that have signed up to change the way they interact with their communities.

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And We Are Live!

It is not too late to join with us for the month of March 2019 as New York Reads: Drawdown. NYLA, OverDrive, and Penguin Random House have agreed to make Drawdown available to New York libraries during the entire month of March 2019 at the Price per Click cost of $2.19. And to top it off, NYLA will be paying for the first 1,000 downloads across the state!

Participating Library Systems

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System
Clinton Essex Franklin Library System
Finger Lakes Library System
Livebrary.com (Suffolk County Library System)
Mid-Hudson Library System
Mid-York Library System
Mohawk Valley Library System
Monroe County Library System
Nassau Digital Doorway
Nioga Library System
North Country Library System
Onondaga County Public Library
Ramapo Catskill Library System
Pioneer Library System
Queens Library
Southern Adirondack Library System
Southern Tier Library System
Upper Hudson Library System

Get Inspired

Reversing Global Warming: Intro to Drawdown @ Victor Farmington Library

Drawdown EcoChallenge Double Feature @ Palisades Free Library

Earth Day Book Discussion: Drawdown @ Saratoga Springs Public Library

Drawdown Book Discussion @ South Huntington Public Library

Project Drawdown @ Wood Library

Golden Knights Novel Book Club @ Clarkson University Libraries

Drawdown: Pachamama Alliance @ Ontario Public Library

Drawdown and Eco-Challenge @ Comsewogue Public Library

New York Reads: Drawdown @ Liverpool Public Library


Read the Book? Now What?

In April participate in the Drawdown EcoChallenge when you can take those first purposeful steps towards a cleaner future.

If you are tentative to officially join the challenge, here are some Participant Tips that may help answer some questions. You have the option to create your own team or join an existing team. You can change things up at any time - your commitment is low risk. Here is an example of Pittsburgh, PA’s Spring challenge. There are many teams and individuals representing numerous organizations within the city.

The challenges are somewhat easy to commit to - Eat Meatless Meals, Zero Waste Cooking, Join a Quit Smoking Program, Avoid Refined Sugar, Power Down the Computer, and the
list goes on and on.

The Eco Challenge is from April 3 - April 24, 2019

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In December 2018 the NYLA Council approved our petition to move from a committee to a round table. The SUSTAINABLE THINKING & ACTION ROUND TABLE (START) is here!

Join us today by logging in to your personal NYLA account, click ‘Personal Record Detail’ from the left-hand menu – then click on ‘Add Sections / Round Tables’ from the list of options at the top.

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