Do you have a sustainability-related library story to tell?

We are looking for presenters who would like to share their sustainability-related library projects during our program at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando.

Format: Presenters will have five minutes each to tell their story, with follow-up questions at the end of the program. Presenters may opt to use one fixed image (electronic or otherwise) as part of their presentation. The program will be held at ALA Annual on Sunday, June 26th from 10:30-11:30AM.

Eligibility: Anyone may submit a proposal, though preference will be given to SustainRT members.

Purpose: To share creative and important work that contributes to a more resilient, harmonious and holistic community through economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainability work being done in libraries of all kinds.  We are seeking a diverse representation of innovative sustainability projects that go beyond the traditional “greening” of libraries.

To submit a proposal, send an email to Jason Nosek jnosek@chipublib.org with the following:

  • Name
  • Institution or organization
  • Phone
  • Email
  • SustainRT member Y/N
  • Title of your presentation
  • Description of the presentation you are proposing to make
  • Brief statement telling us what excites you about your topic and/or the sustainability movement within the library profession

Proposals are due by Monday, April 4, 2016.

For more information about SustainRT, including how to become a member, see: http://www.ala.org/sustainrt/

Ebsco Information Services Offers Solar Grant

If your library is looking for a way to reduce the cost of utilities, and become more sustainable, check out the new Go Solar grant from Ebsco Information Services!  Ebsco’s Go Solar grant program will fund up to $150,000 for one or more libraries to install solar panels.  Interested libraries are invited to submit questions to Ebsco about the program up until February 29th.  Grant applications are due by April 29th.  The winner(s) will be announced on June 24th, 2016 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.  

Ebsco is committed to Corporate Social Responsibility, and gives 5% of its pre-tax revenue to charity.  Ebsco was inspired to initiate the Go Solar program as a result of its own use of solar panels, the first of which were installed in at the Ipswich, Massachusetts campus in 2007. To help minimize its impact on the environment, and build a more sustainable community, Ebsco also provides employees with electric vehicle charging stations free of charge, replaced its fleet of gasoline-powered company cars with hybrids, uses 100% recycled paper products, and has a certified Green Cafeteria.  For more information about Ebsco’s green initiatives, click here

Upcoming SustainRT Webinar!

Please join us Thursday, February 4, 2016, 12:15 – 12:45 pm (EST) for our next SustainRT Webinar – Collaborating for sustainability: community and publisher partnerships and the book to action program

Webinar topic: Local community organizations and publishers can be valuable partners for libraries in creating sustainability-oriented programming. Join us on February 4 for this free SustainRT webinar to learn as Sally Thomas and Michael Weaver describe Book-to-Action programs which extend the idea of a book discussion by not only scheduling an author/speaker, but also partnering with a public service organization for a volunteer day or other community service opportunity. For more information, see the Book-to-Action Toolkit.

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