World Sustainable Development Teach-in Day 2020 is December 4th!
This initiative has been put together by the European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR) and the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) and led by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). It echoes the previously held event in 2010. The event will go “live” on December 4, and will remain accessible for 24 hours, according to Central European time. To participate, just register for the learning platform at https://dl4sd.org and then enroll yourself to the World Sustainable Teach-in Day. You can browse Online Events links to find a large variety of presentations.
SustainRT’s member Irina Holden, from University at Albany, SUNY, has a presentation under Category C: Education, Communication, and Training on Sustainable Development. Her presentation addresses Sustainable Development Goals 2 (Zero hunger), SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities) and SDG 15 (Life on land). The title of presentation is “U.N. Sustainable Development Goals: Feeding a Growing World Population,” in which Irina addresses the importance of urban agriculture and local food production.
Congratulations to Irina on her presentation, and be sure to register to engage with this great event.
Curious about the Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT)? Join us for our midwinter business/membership meeting on January 25th, 2020 at 3:00 pm EST to find out what we’ve been working on! Open to all current and prospective members from any library type or LIS school. Please note: SustainRT offers free memberships to student ALA members.
CHICAGO — In 2016-2017, the ALA Executive Board appointed a Special Task Force on Sustainability, charged with developing a white paper and recommendations for the ALA Executive Board, with the intent of increasing the adoption and implementation of sustainable practices by the Association, the profession, libraries and the communities they serve.
In its Midwinter 2018 report to the ALA Executive Board, the Task Force co-chairs noted they have focused on two questions to create a vision for the future and to translate that vision into action:
What does it look like if libraries are successful in helping create sustainable, resilient, regenerative communities?
What needs to happen, that is not already happening, to support the Association, profession and libraries realize this vision?
The Task Force on Sustainability now seeks broad input from the ALA community. To that end, the Task Force will be holding a series of online forums targeting certain populations and capped with a general forum for those who have not had an opportunity to contribute.
The four sessions are all at the following times: 11 a.m. – Noon Pacific/noon – 1 p.m. Mountain/1 – 2 p.m. Central/2 – 3 p.m. Eastern time.
Each forum will be facilitated by a member of the Task Force. Attendance at each forum will be capped at 100. The facilitator will have a set of guiding questions, but discussion is otherwise open. The conversation will be recorded. These forums will provide critical guidance for the Task Force report to the ALA Executive Board at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.