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March 5, 2011 Posted by | learning spaces | Leave a comment

Working, not washing, green into your library’s mission

This is a talk by Louise Schaper, an American who is going talk about sustainability in libraries.

Some examples:
Geyser Bldg AKL
University of Waikato Student Centre
Möbius Marlborough
Appaloosa Branch Library, Scottsdale, AZ

Three problems
Global warming and climate change
Human condition=short-sightedness and aversion to change
Library budgets

Do libraries have a role in solving global warming?
Is going green mission drift? NO, mission strengthening.

Green is more than a good thing to do, it makes financial sense – Amory Lovins from the Rocky Mountain Institute

How to effect this:
People
Purpose
Process

Aim to make your organisation ‘deeply’ green. Not just superficially.

Examine contradictions between green building and non-green actions
Plastic bags
Contract cleaners
Paper
Junk food served at events
Staff driving to lunch
PCs and monitors on 24/7
Non-recyclable library cards
Bottled water, plastic cutlery and dishes

LEED has a framework for existing buildings and for new buildings and for processes

Maximize efficiencies
Save money
Be a leader

Take money saved from utilities and put back into conservation efforts

People
Nurture your champions
Unleash innovation
Educate and be a leader
Partner with others and do more than just your brief (make lis with community)

Purpose
Plan – build in recycling bins into building
Policy
Put ‘green’ in the writing
Values
Measure
Take measurements at the beginning and during
Metering changes behaviour

Process
Practices
Products
Transform cleaning!
Use appropriate products
Clean during daylight hours, or open hours
Services

IT is a super-energy hog
Using THIN CLIENTs

Use cycles, so that the PCs go on and off automatically

Bike share programme
Preferred parking places
Alternative vehicles

Reduce printing

Events
Throw away dishes and cups
Bottled water
Junk food

Adopt alternative energy sources

November 30, 2010 Posted by | learning spaces | Leave a comment