Welcome New SustainRT Steering Committee Members!

Welcome to the new SustainRT Committee Chairs and Steering Committee members!

This summer, SustainRT welcomed new members to both the Steering Committee and to the roles of Chair and Co-Chair to other standing committees. Please join us in welcoming:

  • Jenn Stayton from the University of North Texas, as our Secretary. She replaces Lisa Kropp of the Lindenhurst Memorial Library in NY, who moves into the Coordinator Elect position.
  • Casey Conlin of the Mid Hudson Library System in New York, assumes the role of SustainRT Coordinator. Uta Husson-Christian moves into the role of Past Coordinator, serving from Oregon State University.
  • Two new Member-at-Large terms began this year. Genee Bright of the New York Public Library, takes over the final year of a vacated term, while Vivienne Byrd of Los Angeles Public Library assumes a two year term.
  • Ed Garcia, from the Cranston Public Library  is the new liaison to the ALA Executive Board – an important position that helps keep SustainRT front and center within the ALA.

Matt Bollerman, CEO of the Hauppauge Public Library in NY, remains active as SustainRT’s ALA Councilor. And we are lucky to still have Marcia Bailey from the University of Michigan, serving as the Treasurer for another term.

SustainRT hosts six very active committees, and the Chairs and Co-Chairs of these committees engage members, move the work of SustainRT forward, and continue to keep sustainability in libraries at the forefront of our work. 

Kacper Jarecki of the Queens Library System, in NY, is back for another year of chairing the Booklist Committee. This committee publishes a “Top Ten” list of children’s books focusing on sustainable issues each year around Earth Day. They are also tasked with keeping the Zotero Library updated. The Zotero Library houses many articles, resources, and other information on sustainability that pertains to libraries.

Mandi Goodsett of Cleveland State University in Ohio, and Beth Stout of Indiana University East, chair the Outreach Committee. The committee does a fabulous job marketing the work of SustainRT, along with other sustainable information and resources across the field. They organize Facebook, Blog, Instagram and Twitter posts, along with posting to ALA Connect on behalf of SustainRT.

Laura Ploenzke of the Avon Lake Public Library in Ohio, returns for another year chairing the Governance Committee. This committee works closely with the SustainRT ALA Councilor, moving forward the Task Force on Sustainability recommendations, as well as ensuring that SustainRT has a voice with the ALA Executive Board.

The Online Education Committee welcomes new Chair, Sarah Joy Hrachovy, from the Concordia University Irvine. She will be working with committee members on a series of webinars for SustainRT members to help educate and guide us on sustainable practices and programs.

Tara Lingg of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library, in NY, takes over as the Chair of the Programming Committee. This committee ensures that SustainRT has quality, innovative and interesting programs and discussion groups at both MidWinter and Annual conferences.

The Membership Committee also has a new Chair – Britt Fagerheim, of Utah State University. With changes coming soon to ALA’s structure and membership base, this committee will be working hard to ensure that SustainRT has the minimum number (and beyond!) of paid membership necessary to remain an active roundtable within ALA.

With so much going on, there is always an opportunity to both join SustainRT if you aren’t yet a member, and to volunteer for a committee! In fact, the Steering Committee recently voted to approve a new Awards Committee that will administer the awards and citations of the roundtable, while supporting and promoting sustainability in libraries by recognizing exemplars and best practice in the field. Interested in learning more about serving on the Awards Committee? Email SustainRT Coordinator Casey Conlin at cconlin@midhudson.org for more information or to apply.

2020 SustainRT Carbon Offsets Grant

The ALA Sustainability Round Table is excited to announce that this year it will be donating its Carbon Offset Travel Grant to help reduce the carbon footprint of the technology necessary to conduct the ALA Annual Conference remotely. In the past, SustainRT offered a $500 travel grant to offset travel costs for a SustainRT member to attend the ALA Annual Conference. However, with the ALA Annual Conference canceled and its necessary travel suspended, this year SustainRT has decided to instead contribute a $500 carbon offsets donation to Native Energy, ALA’s carbon offsets provider. This money will help to offset the carbon emissions caused by ALA members’ increased use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Native Energy is an organization dedicated to helping build Native American farmer-owned, and community-based projects. You are welcome to join ALA in supporting the important work of Native Energy by purchasing carbon offsets.

Thank you for supporting SustainRT’s work and be well!

2020 SustainRT Election: Candidate Statements

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The 2020 SustainRT elections are coming right up! The elections will open on March 9, 2020 and close at 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2020. Click on the link below to learn more about the candidates by reading their candidate statements.

SustainRT 2020 Candidate Statements (PDF)


SustainRT Midwinter Sessions

Happy New Year! If you are heading to Philadelphia for ALA Midwinter, we hope to see you at the following SustainRT or sustainability related programs:

1/25, 10:30am in PCC 201 A/B/C, Sustainability Is Now a Core Value. So… Now What? (Event Link)

1/25, 3:00pm in PCC 117, SustainRT’s Member Meeting (Event Link)

1/26, 2:30pm in PCC 117, SustainRT’s Sustainability Programming in Libraries Discussion (Event Link)

Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership Meeting (ALA Midwinter)

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.

Sustinability & Diversity/Inclusion: ALAAC18 Poster

This poster was presented by SustainRT at the Diversity & Outreach poster session at the ALA Annual Conference 2018 (New Orleans, LA: June 21-26).  Link to the .pdf https://drive.google.com/file/d/16QsuQ3QPk0BTcWL4-QXI4VKDygeIGG3x/view?usp=sharing





Sustainability at ALA in New Orleans (June 21-26, 2018)

Put sustainability on your schedule at the ALA!  The SustainRT business/membership meeting and programs will be on Sunday 6/24/2018 at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans .

Please use the online conference schedule to verify times and locations

SustainRT Sponsored Programs
ALA 2018

Saturday 6/23/2018

Look for the SustainRT poster on Sustainabilty and Diversity at the Diversity and Outreach Fair, Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm on the Exhibits Floor in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Sunday 6/24/2018

  • 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    The Rising Tide: How Libraries Sustain a Planet in Crisis
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SUSTAINRT: Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    ALA Sustainability Round Table Orientation: Lighting Rounds!

Throughout the ALA conference there are many programs that address sustainability topics like green buildings, civic engagement, social justice, resilient communities and climate change.  Please add a comment if you’d like to call attention to other ALA programs that would be of interest to SustainRT members.


SustainRT: A Conversation with LIS Students

Hosted by Online Education and Membership Committees

View the recorded program on the ALA SustainRT YouTube Channel

Thursday May 3rd

12-1 pm pacific, 1-2 pm mountain, 2-3 pm central, 3-4 pm eastern



No need to register. All are welcome, not just students.

We will begin with a brief history of SustainRT, some exciting initiatives, and ideas for getting involved.

Then we’ll open the floor for questions about sustainability in librarianship and how we can infuse our careers with sustainability values and contributions.  

Remember, student membership for SustainRT is free when you become a member of ALA! SustainRT is almost 800 members strong (and growing) and dedicated to fostering regenerative communities and moving toward a more equitable, healthy, and economically viable society.  

Whether you’re able to join the Zoom conversation on May 3rd or not, you can stay up to date through our discussion list, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Students can also offer ideas and feedback through this form.

We look forward to connecting with LIS students so you to make a difference in ALA and the profession.  If you would like more information, please contact any of us from the SustainRT Membership Committee.

Meet our SustainRT Candidates for Treasurer!

Ameet Doshi

My name is Ameet and I am passionate about sustainability and libraries. I’m currently a librarian at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA, and working on a transformational $77 million project that involves a complete rethinking of the academic research library spaces and services (“Library Next”). As part of this initiative, I have been able to leverage my LEED AP credential to influence the sustainability of our new leading-edge green library. I would appreciate your vote!

Casey Conlin

For the past 3 years, I’ve been working with the Sustainability Initiative of the New York Library Association to define what sustainability means for libraries, and to create tools to help librarians make their organizations and their communities resilient places where people can thrive. Our work focuses on the triple bottom line of sustainability to ensure all library services and programs are socially equitable, economically feasible, and environmentally sound. As Treasurer, I hope to help connect SustainRT with our members to figure out how to bring the best resources to librarians to help them build relationships in their communities, and increase access to their services in affordable, environmentally-responsible ways.