Going Green in the Library: It’s Not Just for Contractors Michael Crumpton, UNC Greensboro Sarah B. Dorsey, UNC Greensboro Ameet D. Doshi, Georgia Perimeter College Mary G. Scanlon, Wake Forest University Beth Filar Williams, UNC Greensboro
Topics • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle • Operations & Maintenance • Transportation • Communication • Politics & Pay
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Switch to Digital Resources http://www.flickr.com/photos/beebe_library/3042545758/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/2608962510/
Think ILL Free Online Journals http://www.flickr.com/photos/herzogbr/2633936090/
Is your printer set for automatic double-sided printing? • Yes • No • Not sure
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Reuse, Recycle Do well by doing good
Reuse One staff party can produce bags and bags of garbage containing: • Paper plates and napkins • Plastic (styrene) cups and utensils • Plastic table coverings • food waste The recycling potential for these materials is minimal, at best.
Reuse Alternatives? • Buy a set of real silverware at Goodwill • Buy a set of real dishes at the Habitat store • Buy a fabric table cloth • Encourage people to bring their own cups and glasses to meetings and parties
Recycling • Patron waste • Library material
Does Your Library Have a Recycling Program? • Yes • No • Not Sure
What Does Your Library Recycle? • Paper • Cardboard • Glass • Aluminum/metal • Plastic • Electronics • Other • Nothing
Recycling Patron WasteOur Experience Increase participation, decrease contamination: • Put containers where patrons are • Offer recycling and trash containers together
Recycling Library Material • Paper: books, newspapers… • Packaging material: cardboard, chipboard • E-waste: computers, batteries
Recycling Library MaterialWhat to do with weeded books? • Used book sale • aLibris • Better World Books • Donate to another non-profits • public library • women’s shelter • Remove hard covers and recycle paper
Recycling Library MaterialWhat to do with used packaging? • Use large envelopes for campus mail • Ship ILL materials in used boxes • Reuse packing material – peanuts, bubble wrap • Recycle any cardboard or chipboard that can’t be reused
Recycling Library MaterialWhat to do with e-waste? • Send to a re-builder: RetroBox, FreeGeek • Donate to local technical college to practice repairs • Bring to Goodwill
Only new construction can earn LEED certification. • True • False
Tips for Saving Gas • Plan ahead and combine as many errands into one trip as possible. • Inflate your tires to the proper setting. • Don't speed, and avoid quick acceleration. • Avoid excessive idling. • Change air and fuel filters periodically. • Buy your gas during the coolest part of the day. • Tune up your engine. • Use the right engine oil.
How do you commute to work? • Bike • Bus • Car alone • Carpool • Telecommute • Train • Walk
Has your library screened a film on sustainability? • Yes • No • Not sure
Has your library organized a sustainable book group? • Yes • No • Not sure
Do you use paperless collaboration tools? • Frequently • Occasionally • Hmmm, once maybe • Never
Are You Engaged in Sustainable Activities in Your Library? • Yes – with the library’s approval • Yes, but not with the library’s support • No
The Green Library • Resources • Print, electronic, Web 2.0 • Wayfinders, research guides, training • Facilities • Campus hub • Shared reasons to visit • Staffing • Common vision
Key Elements of Greening Up • Awareness • Education • Action
What are the Risks? • Established patterns • Existing equipment What are the Barriers? • The way we’ve always done it! • Motives/Incentives
Who are your partners? Don’t be isolated. • What’s going on in your community? • What impact does your higher organization’s recycling efforts have on YOU? • With what other organizations can you partner?
Changing Behaviors Not easy!
Learning Theory Methods • Positive reinforcement • Positive punishment • Negative reinforcement • Negative punishment Use a combination of methods to change behavior – yours, your co-workers’ and your institutions’.
Behavior-Related Myths Can Block Long-lasting Change • Crisis is a powerful impetus for change • Change is motivated by fear • The facts will set us free • Small, gradual changes are always easier to make and sustain • We can't change because our brains become "hardwired" early in life
Paying the Price • Apply for Grants • Get Donors interested • Collaborate with other organizations • Share with community organizations
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