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The Newsletter of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative

January 2019

You’ve seen it in the news. Maybe you even notice it in your hometown. Climate change brought about by human activity is real and here to stay unless we take drastic measures to combat the effects of global warming. Eschewing plastic straws is a good move, but it’s not going to get us there. 

Lead the way in your community. Use the science-based strategies outlined in DRAWDOWN to make purposeful changes that will have an impact on the environmental crisis. And we’ll help you, every step of the way. 

Join with us for the month of March 2019 as New York Reads: Drawdown. Get the conversation going about what individuals and organizations in your community can do to reverse the path the planet is on. Then in April participate in the Drawdown EcoChallenge when you can take those first purposeful steps towards a cleaner future.

Bookmark our website www.nyla.org/drawdown for an introduction to the book and a tool kit that contains:

Conversation Starters for Book Discussion Events

Lesson Plan for Engagement with the Drawdown EcoChallenge

Suggested Reading

Top Strategies Handout

Ideas for:


Program Partners

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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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GET with the PROGRAM

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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