Hard times or not, concerns about reducing the energy and space footprint of library buildings and making them sustainable remain central to libraries. Under the auspices of the Connecticut State Library and Connecticut Library Consortium, Library Journal's 'Going Green' seminar moved to the State Capitol in Hartford, CT, where some 150 librarians, architects, and product vendors gathered to discuss and plan sustainable libraries. [snip].
In two panels, architects and librarians addressed the educational potential of green libraries, the process of going green, including getting funders on board, the much quicker payback for going green, and the types of grants available. While there are still some reservations about LEED certfication because of its administrative costs, ... .[snip]
Education Is Key
Much of the focus was on community education. "Libraries can transform society," the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund's Bob Wall said in a luncheon speech. "Let people know what you're doing and why," JCJ architect and panelist Barbara Joslin told listeners. Other suggestions included having energy audits not just for the library, but for patrons to do themselves, and lending energy meters. [snip]
In addition to the panels, librarians, trustees, and others also participated in breakout sessions focusing on design "challenges" submitted by attendees. Each session was led by a different architectural firm and incorporated sustainable solutions. Granby PL, CT, wanted to renovate and expand its current facility [snip] Gwinnett County PL, GA [snip] and Hauppauge PL, NY, faced the happy prospect of building anew. Kingsport PL, TN [snip] and Norfolk PL, VA, were grappling with linking an old and new (or newer) structures while retaining period architecture. [snip]
The free, day-long program was made possible by the support of architectural firms and product vendors. [snip]