Sustainability Initiative (SI) Update
Submitted by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich & Matt Bollerman, NYLA-SI Co-Chairs
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Benchmarking Test Goes Live!
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!:
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
Wednesday April 26, 2017
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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!
Want to have the Sustainability Initiative come to your region? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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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