Becoming a Green and Sustainable Library

Instructors: Joan M. Gregory, Erica Lake and Jeanne M. Le Ber
Date: Sunday, September 18, 2005
Time: 3:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Place: HSEB 2931
Cost: $30.00 ($40 non-MCMLA member)

Course Readings and Materials

Course Description: The goal of this course is to raise the environmental consciousness of participants and to promote the idea that it is feasible to incorporate greening practices into our libraries by rethinking our processes, reducing and recycling waste, and reusing or purchasing recycled materials.

The intended outcome is to provide librarians with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to incorporate greening practices into the workplace. Course instructors will present two case studies: a successful library recycling program and green conference planning.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and develop a plan of action for implementing the six R's: rethinking, reducing, recycling, reusing, repurchasing, rejoicing.

Students will:

  • Explore what it means to be a green and sustainable library
  • Draft a library environmental policy statement
  • Develop a checklist of environmental priorities to implement
  • Brainstorm strategies for translating priorities into action
  • Share ways to monitor and evaluate the program
  • Discover how to apply these same concepts to planning an environmentally friendly conference
  • Approved 2 hours MLA Credit

updated September 12, 2005 by JMG