Friday, September 4, 2009

Alliance Library System > Going Green Blog

Welcome to Alliance Library System’s Green Blog!

This blog is designed to help libraries of all sizes and types become more environmentally friendly. Green is gaining in popularity and it is here to stay!

This blog will focus on Environmental Organizations & Initiatives, Financial Resources (Grants, Funding, and Discounts), Green Buildings, and Programming Ideas. [snip]

Addiional Resources




Going Green @ Your Library: Lean, Green, Clean Ideas Online Conference | October 7 2009 |

Considering “Going Green” At Your Library?

What steps can you take to do your job, but in an environmentally sensitive way?

Get the answers to these questions and many more by signing up for

Going Green @ Your Library: Lean, Green, Clean Ideas.

Florence Mason will kick off the morning with her talk, "Going Green" Successfully.

Breakout sessions will cover LEED certification for new and renovated buildings, practical, low cost/no cost suggestions for library and IT operations, how to reach out to your community, and much more.

Learn from public and academic library presenters who bring their experience and expertise to the table. It’s a perfect opportunity to quiz them throughout the day.

Sponsored by Amigos, this online conference is Wednesday, October 7 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST.



Schedule > Time / Title / Speaker(s)

8:00am - 8:45am

Being Green? / TBA

9:00am - 9:45am

Keynote: "Going Green" Successfully / Florence Mason

10:00am - 10:45am

Case Studies: Eight LEED Construction Projects / Wendy Heger

Green Your Library: Small Steps with No Footprint / Meggan Smith

Beyond Bug Spray: Non-Toxic Methods of Pest Control / Rebecca Elder

11:00am - 11:45am

Sustainable Services: The Heart of Going Green / Steven Carr

Help Us, Help Others, Go Green @ Your Library / Shannon Blakey

12:00pm - 1:00pm / LUNCH

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Greening Your Library's IT / Mary Carr

Going Green @ Your Library: Lessons in Programming / Robbie Sittel

Sustainability: Building Partners, Building Opportunities / Sarah Passonneau

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Campus Sustainability Initiatives and How the Library Fits In / TBA

Twelve Months of Recycled Programming / Stacy DeLano

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Questions and Answers with the Presenters



Speakers' Biosketches


Registration Fees

Description / Fee / Deadline

Early Bird Member Rate = $250 / Until 09-09-09 ; Thereafter > Member Rate = $275

Early Bird Non-member Rate = $300 / Until 09/09/09 ; Thereafter Non-member Rate = $325.00

Early Bird Student Rate = $125 / Until 09-09-09 ; Thereafter Student Rate = $150

Location > Amigos Online Classroom

NOTE: >> Number Of Participants Limited <<



Friday, July 3, 2009

Article: Sustainability Challenge for Academic Libraries

Sustainability Challenge for Academic Libraries: Planning for the Future College and Research Libraries / Maria A. Jankowska & James Marcum

Preprint / Accepted for publication / College and Research Libraries / Expected Publication: March 2010 / 20 pp.


There is growing concern that a variety of factors threaten the sustainability of academic libraries: developing and preserving print and digital collections, supplying and supporting rapidly changing technological and networking infrastructure, providing free services, maintaining growing costs of library buildings and lowering libraries‘ ecological footprint. This paper discusses the multi-dimensional issues of sustainability in academic libraries and identifies needs for designing an integrated framework for sustainable strategies in academic libraries. Additionally, the paper presents a synthesis of existing literature on the increasingly popular topic of 'green libraries' and prepares a background towards developing a framework for sustainable strategies in academic libraries.


Library Sustainability: A Literature Review

(1) Sustainability of scholarship and collections;
(2) Green library operations and practices;
(3) Green library buildings; and
(4) Measuring and improving sustainability.

Challenges to Sustainable Future of Libraries

Libraries as Environmental Consumers

Need for Sustainable Growth

Sustainable Strategies for Academic Libraries


Academic libraries have always been central components of universities. With universities and colleges developing and adopting sustainability indicators, academic libraries remain slow to either develop their own sustainability indicators or to adopt indicators already developed by other organizations.

Such indicators could become the basis for developing a comprehensive sustainability framework helping to assess the impacts of library operations and future projects on the library‘s sustainable progress. More specifically, such a framework could help libraries choose socially responsible vendors and publishers and help to evaluate operational strategies resulting in providing environmentally friendly products, energy savings, reduction of waste and keeping usage fees as low as possible.

All libraries strategic plans need to be grounded in the overarching framework combining the three standard dimensions (social, economic and environmental) of sustainable growth. Sustainable strategies need to be integrated into a platform for guiding future decisions about collections, library buildings, and the scale of preservation, digitalization, equipment, products and library networking service efforts. Such decisions need to take into account not only the cost of collection, equipment and labor, but also the cost of generated waste measured by the size of the ―ecological footprint resulting from library operations and services.

Library sustainability must become a strategic consideration balancing the assumptions of continued growth and expansion.

Notes and References



See Also


Book: Greening Libraries: Call For Submissions

Greening Libraries, edited by Monika Antonelli and Mark McCullough and published by Library Juice Press, is a collection of essays, papers and articles on various aspects of the green library movement.

The editors are seeking articles from a variety of perspectives on a wide range of topics related to green practices, sustainability and the library profession. Greening Libraries will offer an overview of important aspects of the growing green library movement, including, but not limited to, green buildings, alternative energy resources, conservation, green library services and practices, operations, programming, and outreach.

Objective of Book

It is difficult to turn on the television or read a news story today without learning about how green and sustainable practices are being implemented throughout society. Libraries are not exempt from these broader trends. In some cases, libraries and librarians have been at the forefront of these efforts. This book seeks to provide library professionals with a collection of articles and papers that will serve as a portal to understanding a wide range of green and sustainable practices within libraries and the library profession.

Suggested Topics:

Green Libraries

*Historical, current or future perspectives

Green Buildings

*How to build a green library
*LEED certification
*Platinum and Gold LEED Libraries
*Green renovations, LEED renovations
*Green and sustainable landscaping
*Alternative building materials and methods
*Green roofs
*The Chicago Standard


*Healthy buildings
*Staff and administration compliance and buy-in
*Energy audits
*Greenhouse gas emission inventories
*Alternative energy resources (geothermal, wind, solar)
*Energy conservation and reduction
*Water consumption and usage
*Going green and cost-effectiveness
*Thinking green about waste (composting, vermiculture)
*Recycling and reuse
*Resource sharing
*Green supplies (recycled paper, cleaners, pens, etc.)

Programming and Services

*Compliance and buy-in
*Public programming (peak oil, climate change, gardening, green living)
*Public services
*Community resource sharing
*Tool libraries
*Green transportation, car sharing, car pooling, bicycle promotion
*Library community gardens
*The library as a green community hub (CSA pick up, Freecycle, public transportation)

The Transition Town movement and Transition libraries

*Fostering sustainable communities

How Green is our Profession?

*New technologies
*Social networking
*Education, curriculum and training

Resource bibliography

Target Audience:

Library workers, public librarians, academic librarians, school librarians, library administrators, school administrators, public officials, higher education administrators, teachers, faculty, library school students, as well as anyone interested in issues related to sustainability and green practices.

Submission Guidelines:

The editors welcome submissions from librarians and library staff members from all types of libraries (public, academic, school, etc.) as well as administrators and educators who are interested or have experience creating green and sustainable libraries. The editors are open to a variety of submissions including research articles, how-to articles, essays and interviews.

Manuscript submissions should comply with the Chicago Manual of Style.

Deadline for Summaries: October 1, 2009

Submit a brief summary of your proposed article (250 words or less) to Monika Antonelli at or Mark McCullough at .

>>Electronic Submissions Only Please<<

Deadline for Manuscripts: February 1, 2010

Submit one electronic copy to Monika Antonelli at or Mark McCullough at

Suggested length is 1,500 to 5,000 words. Submissions should comply with the Chicago Manual of Style.

Editors contact information:

Monika Antonelli (Reference/Instruction Librarian) Minnesota State University, Mankato / 507-389-2507

Mark McCullough (Reference Services Coordinator) Minnesota State University, Mankato / /507-389-5154

Monday, June 15, 2009

Resource: Green Files

Green Files by Internet expert and guru Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.; is a comprehensive global directory of resources and sources covering the area of GREEN environmental resources and systems for the home, business and our global environment.


Green Files ( is a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis from the Internet for green environment which are listed below. We always welcome suggestions of additional sites and resources to be added to this comprehensive listing and please submit by clicking here. This site has been developed and maintained by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.

PDF Version [June 12 2009]


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Microblog: Twitter Green News From U.S. Green Building Council

Anne Less, Research Information Coordinator, U.S. Green Building Council, uses a Twitter account to announcement Green News To One and All At


Univ. of Wisconsin-Extension has created an online Sustainable Management Bachelor's degree: #education #green#uw
about 7 hours ago from web

@foundbyafriend I love it...keep em coming, family van.
from web in reply to foundbyafriend

Guide to stimulus funding for all energy industry sectors: #clean-energy #ARRA
from web

Google’s home energy tool launched with 8 utilities- energy use data online by end of the year. #energy_usage
from web

Prevention Magazine's 25 Best Walking Cities: #health
from web

EPA launches EnergyStar for computer servers and data centers: #energystar #energy_usage
from web

Research to study the health and $ benefits of green, affordable housing: #housing #green
from web

@ronanherzog It's insane! I was looking into a study last week that's $4,000.
from web in reply to ronanherzog

House passes 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act: #green #schools #legislation
from web

Four of the most widely cited studies on green jobs: #green #economy
from web

State-by-state tracking of hundreds of carbon and energy saving measures: #climate #carbon
from web

Smart energy meters in every UK home by 2020 #energy_usage
from web

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Activities: 100 Ways to Make Your Library a Little Greener

Librarians need to be on the constant cutting edge in terms of technology, researching, web tools and even architecture and design. But libraries are also a great place to educate the public and your students about the environment, from eco-friendly lifestyle choices to organizations that promote green causes. Here are 100 ways to make your library a little greener.

Maintenance and Green Building > Keep your library clean and eco-friendly with these tips.

Turn down the heat one or two degrees: Care2 writes that "each 1-degree drop for an eight-hour period reduces your fuel bill percent," saving you money and cutting down on electricity usage

  • Use fans: If you can, install ceiling fans to cool down the library without overusing the A/C.

  • Take advantage of windows: Strategically placed windows will provide natural light and may help with heating or cooling costs.

  • Use eco-friendly light bulbs: Switch to eco-friendly light bulbs that save money and electricity.

  • Use Energy Star products: Products with the Energy Star have been approved by the U.S. government as energy-saving products.

  • [More]

Hardware > Learn how to choose the right computers and resources by reading this list.

  • Purchase eco-friendly computers: When you need new computers, search for eco-friendly versions.

  • Use laptops: Laptops use less electricity than desktop versions.

  • Know how to clean your computers: Eco-friendly, safe computer cleaning tips include using biodegradable dust cloths and old t-shirts.

  • Recycle computers: Safely recycle computers instead of harming the environment when you throw them away.

  • Buy recycled items: Buy recycled ink cartridges and other supplies.

  • Consider the Kindle 2: It’s expensive and may upset some reading purists, but the Kindle 2 is an eco-friendly reading tool. Purchase one for the library to spread awareness to readers.

  • [More]
Special Events and Projects > Host special events like contests, and go after environmental grants to raise awareness and become a greener library.

  • Apply for grants: Certain grants awarded by environmental agencies or the government will help your library with funding for green projects and renovations.

  • Start a paper drive: Ask the public and your students to bring in old newspapers and other papers to recycle: they may even be turned into books one day!

  • Hold recycling contests: Hold recycling contests between grades, individuals, or against other libraries.

  • Apply for green awards: Find out if your state or community offers an award for libraries who go green.

  • Put up a display about reducing your carbon footprint: Put together a presentation or display to discuss each person’s carbon footprint.

  • [More]
Awareness > Spread awareness about your green policies through these projects.

  • Sell Fair Trade coffee in your snack area: Fair Trade coffee is used in many academic libraries and is made in humane, eco-friendly conditions.

  • Go all out for Earth Month: It’s not just about Earth Day anymore. Use the whole month of April to showcase your library’s green progress.

  • Sell eco-friendly snacks and drinks: Sell drinks and snacks that are bottled and packaged in eco-friendly materials.

  • Use an eco-friendly car as your bookmobile: If your budget allows for a bookmobile, lobby for an eco-friendly vehicle to drop off books.

  • Abide by the 100-mile rule: Provide food that is from within 100 miles of your community to ensure that you’re supporting local farmers and cutting down on pollutants from shipping food.

  • Start a blog: Spread awareness about your library’s green activities by blogging about it regularly.

  • [More]
Using the Web > Take advantage of all the web tools and sites you can use to cut down on paper.

  • SecondLife: Hold meetings and organize training workshops online through the virtual world SecondLife instead of requiring employees to drive to retreats.

  • Move accounts online: Cut down on paper notices and make it easier for patrons to keep up with their accounts by making them accessible online

  • Create an online catalog: Cut down on paper by moving your catalog onto your website.

  • Send e-mail updates: Instead of mailing out paper newsletters, create e-mail campaigns to announce special events and keep in touch.

  • WorldCat: Connect with other libraries around the world to share information electronically.

  • Move archives online: Put newspaper and magazine archives online to help preserve the originals.

  • Monkey on Your Back: Send memos and reminders via this online service, rather than wasting paper and sticky notes.

  • [More]

Outdoors > Don’t forget to turn your outdoor environment into a greener, more sustainable spot.

  • Start an organic garden: Grow a garden to spread awareness on sustainability and provide a healthy eating option for participating library patrons and workers.

  • Plant flowers: Show pride in your environment by planting in-season, local flowers and shrubs.

  • Use safe pesticides: Safe and/or natural pesticides will help keep your plants healthy without damaging your health or the environment.

  • Opt for natural mosquito repellant: Plants like catnip and citronella grass are natural mosquito repellants.

  • Compost: If you’re allowed, get rid of waste by composting.

  • Minimize formal landscaping: Cut down on excessive landscaping that rips up the natural environment.

  • [More]
Networks > Make sure your library is tuned in to the latest environmental news and trends by networking with these organizations and through these platforms. You’ll find materials for educating and engaging your patrons, too.

  • Care2: Care2 is a social network that organizes people who want to make a difference by living green.

  • TreeHugger: Learn about the latest trends in green design, food, fashion, building, travel and technology.

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife: Learn about environmental contaminants, pollutants that hurt animals and natural ecosystems, and how you can help.

  • United Nations Environment Programme: This network discusses natural disasters and global conflicts, ecosystem management, pollutants, resource efficiency, climate change, and more.

  • EnergyStar: Learn about environmentally safe electronics, lighting solutions, heating and cooling resources, and more.

  • National Audubon Society: Discover how your library can support this wildlife protection agency through special projects, field trips and sponsorships.

  • [More]
Must-Read Resources > Librarians conscious about green projects will need to keep up with these blogs and resources.

Everyday Tips > Switch to compostable library cards, set up a bike rack and encourage the use of reusable bags to continue your green campaign

  • Stop giving out bags: Encourage patrons to bring their own bags and stop using plastic ones.

  • No more paper receipts: Ask patrons to access their account online to discover when a book is due, or just stamp it the old-fashioned way.

  • Sell or distribute eco-friendly bags: Encourage patrons to carry their library books in reusable bags, not plastic ones.

  • Use compostable library cards: The San Francisco Public Library uses compostable corn "EcoCards" for patrons.

  • Encourage employees to car pool: Help your employees set up a car pool or van pool so that they can cut down on pollutants.

  • Support local businesses: Try to buy supplies and other items for businesses in your area.

  • [More]


If You Have Any Other Recommendations/Suggestions Please These As A Comment On This Blog Entry.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Book: The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability

The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability / Walter Simpson (Editor)

Alexandria, VA; APPA [Association of Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds], 2008.

ISBN: 1-890956-46-5 / Price: $ 110.00 (Member Price: $ 87.00)

Description: xiii, 361 : ill. ; 26 cm.]


This sustainability anthology explores the meaning of genuine environmental sustainability—in global and local terms—while profiling excellent campus environmental programs. The book offers guidance and inspiration to campus leaders and advocates who promote sustainability within institutions of higher education, and addresses these fundamental questions:

• What does it mean to be a green campus?

• Is it possible for educational institutions to effectively reduce their sizable environmental footprints?

• How can individuals make a difference and successfully advocate more environmentally sustainable campus operations?

• Is the education community poised to create solutions to our most vexing environmental problems?

This comprehensive resource is a vital tool that administrators, faculty, staff, students, and concerned citizens can use to help the education community serve a higher purpose.



Initial thoughts: A reflection on green campuses / Walter Simpson -- Rating colleges / David W. Orr -- Higher education's critical role in creating a healthy, just, and sustainable society / Anthony D. Cortese -- Will sustainability take root? / Karla Ignite -- The 800-pound gorilla: the threat and taming of global climate change / Jim Hansen -- Energy and climate change: Going climate neutral: the American college & university presidents climate commitment / Judy Walton -- Organizing an effective campus energy program: lessons from the University at Buffalo / Walter Simpson -- On-site renewables: installing solar, wind, and biomass energy systems on campus / Michael Philips, Andrea Putnam, and Walter Simpson -- Buying green power from utilities and other suppliers / Michael Philips, Andrea Putnam, and Walter Simpson -- UC Berkeley's climate commitment / Fahmida Ahmed -- Responding to climate change: making it happen at Middlebury College / Jack Byrne and Nan Jenks-Jay -- Green buildings: Making the case for green building: cataloging the benefits of environmentally responsible design and construction / Alex Wilson -- Successful strategies for planning a green building / William D. Browning -- Architecture, ecological design, and education: the creation of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin College / David W. Orr -- Green purchasing and materials: Waste not: a discussion about green purchasing with Rutger's University's Kevin Lyons / Karla Hignite with Kevin Lyons -- Building materials: what makes a product green? / Alex Wilson -- Recycling and waste reduction: Recycle this! A look at campus recycling programs / R. Marc Fournier -- In pursuit of recycling excellence at the University of Oregon / Karyn Kaplan -- Campus landscaping and grounds: The role of the landscape in creating a sustainable campus / Carol Franklin, Teresa Durkin, and Sara Pevaroff Schuh -- Why go native? Campus landscaping for biodiversity and sustainability / Brian Kermath -- Pesticide-free campuses / Steve Abercrompie -- Transportation: The road less traveled: sustainable transportation on campus / Will Toor -- Green cleaning: Harvard University's green cleaning program / Jason Luke and Dara Olmsted -- Green campus profiles: Sustainability at Arizona State University: a top-down approach / Benny Bentzin -- The greening of Ball State University: a whole systems approach / Robert J. Koester, James Eflin, and John Vann -- Creating a culture of sustainability at the University of British Columbia / Gillian Allan -- From advocating to institutionalizing sustainability at Cornell University / Dean Koyanagi -- Sustainability, campus operations, and academic entrepreneurship at Ithaca College / Peter W. Bardaglio and Marian Brown -- Green campus evaluation: A sustainability assessment and rating system for colleges and universities / Judy Walton -- Overcoming existential paralysis: The last word: a cartoon by Tom Toles -- Steps toward environmental sustainability: 125 ways to green your campus / UB Green Office, University at Buffalo -- Key organizations, programs, and references / Walter Simpson and Judy Walton.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Conference: ACURIL XXXIX: The Future of Libraries Within The Framework Of Sustainable Development

Mme. Béa Bazile, President of the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL), announces the 39th ACURIL’s Conference to be held 1-5 June, 2009, at the Hotel Arawak, Pointe de la Verdure, 97190, Gosier, Guadeloupe.

The theme chosen for this conference is

Le devenir des bibliothèques dans le cadre du développement durable ? / The future of libraries within the framework of sustainable development ? / El futuro de las bibliotecas dentro del marco del desarrollo sostenido.

To effectively explore the conference theme, the following topics have been selected as sub-themes:

  • The sustainable development: a new paradigm?
  • Changes in the perception of the Library concept to ensure social responsibility with imagination and innovation: buildings, collections, staff and users; with what vision, mission and goals?
  • From local to global: changes in directions in order to change behavior: solidarity, cooperation and training.
The general informations about the Conference (conference, hotel and exhibitors registration ; call for papers, workshops and poster presentations) have been posted in the Conference website at

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For individualized invitations, kindly write to ACURIL President, Mme. Béa Bazile, Directrice de la Bibliothèque Départementale de Prêt, BP 102 Quartier Desmarais, 97109 Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, French West Indies []

For additional information about the conference, kindly contact Mme. Danielle Renier Deglas, Coordinator ACURIL 39 []

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Organization: Association For The Advancement Of Sustainability In Higher Education (AASHE)

The Association For The Advancement Of Sustainability In Higher Education (AASHE)

"is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development. Businesses, NGO's, and government agencies can participate as AASHE partner members.


AASHE aims to advance the efforts of the entire campus sustainability community by uniting diverse initiatives and connecting practitioners to resources and professional development opportunities. The association also provides a professional home for campus sustainability coordinators and directors.

AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.

AASHE is a member-driven, independent 501(c)(3). Membership in AASHE covers every individual at an institution.





AASHE Programs & Projects

American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort by college and university presidents to address global warming. Signatories commit to eventually neutralize their institution's greenhouse gas emissions, and to help accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the Earth's climate. AASHE, in partnership with Second Nature and ecoAmerica, is providing implementation and administrative support for the initiative.

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS)

AASHE is leading a collaborative effort to develop a formal classification system for campus sustainability, with guidelines by which institutions may measure themselves and qualify for different levels of recognition of accomplishment. The project responds to the need expressed by many stakeholders for a standard campus sustainability rating system that compares higher education institutions on progress toward sustainability.

Resource Center (Online)

Our online Resource Center is a rich source of information on campus sustainability. It includes: a policy bank with over 300 sustainability related policies organized by category (e.g., building, procurement, energy, general policies, etc.); master and strategic plans that incorporate sustainability, a directory of full-time campus sustainability professionals and a list of job descriptions; extensive lists of campus solar electric and wind turbine installations; archives of AASHE Bulletin; articles, reports, fact sheets, and books related to campus sustainability; and links to over 200 campus websites describing their sustainability efforts. New resources are added on a regular basis.

Professional Development

AASHE offers a variety of opportunities for professional development, including:
Biennial conference - Our North American conference welcomes participants from every sector of higher education, as well as businesses and NGOs. AASHE 2006 at Arizona State University was the largest campus sustainability gathering to date, attracting nearly 700 participants. [snip][The 2nd AASHE conference was held in Raleigh, North Carolina in November 2008

  • Workshops and trainings - Held at member campuses, these events offer sustainability practitioners and advocates opportunities to network, share resources, and collaborate on projects and publications.

  • Interest Groups - Electronic discussion lists targeted at those with specialized interests, they facilitate networking, learning, and collaboration on particular topics and specialized interests.

  • Co-sponsored events - We partner with other organizations whenever possible to offer professional development opportunities such as webinars, workshops, and conferences, and to provide discounts for AASHE members

AASHE Awards

AASHE offers professional recognition for sustainability leadership by students and campuses though its Awards program. Each year, AASHE presents four Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards, one Student Sustainability Leadership Award, and one Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award.

Publications & Communications

Online communications are the core of AASHE's outreach efforts, and include several publications:

AASHE Bulletin (weekly) - a free e-newsletter providing the latest campus sustainability news, announcements, resources and opportunities. Formerly EFS-News.

AASHE Digest (annual) - a compilation of campus sustainability stories that appeared in AASHE Bulletin during the previous year, arranged by category.

AASHE Update (occasional) - updates from the office informing readers about the association's activities and new resources, and spotlighting member campuses.

Puget Sound Campus Sustainability Project (2004-2007)

This project seeks to transform curriculum and operations at universities in the Puget Sound through a model of institutional collaboration that can be replicated in other regions. Activities include multi-sector workshops, forums for high-level administrators and business leaders, and assistance in implementing initiatives such as a region-wide system for campus sustainability assessment. The project is generously funded by The Russell Family Foundation.

Partnerships and Collaboration

Campus Climate Challenge (Energy Action)

AASHE is a member organization in the Energy Action coalition. We promote the coalition's Campus Climate Challenge, long term initiative to reduce global warming pollution from campuses. AASHE also provides resources and technical information to coalition partners.

Campus Sustainability Day

AASHE helps promote Campus Sustainability Day (CSD), an annual fall event sponsored by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). The centerpiece is a live webcast downloaded by several hundred campuses. Each campus is encouraged to plan its own additional events.

Campaign for Environmental Literacy

The Campaign for Environmental Literacy seeks to secure and significantly increase the amount of federal funding dedicated to environmental literacy, including restoring federal funding for environmental education in NOAA and EPA. AASHE supports these efforts with letters of support and notifications to members.

Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS)

The Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) is an informal network of professional associations. Among other activities, they are working on professional development around sustainability as well as changing curricula, standards, and tenure requirements to reflect sustainability. DANS members are committed to supporting sustainability within the disciplines, across the disciplines, and beyond the academy. Educating the public and promoting sustainability-related legislation are among their goals.

Higher Education Associations' Sustainability Consortium (HEASC)

HEASC was formed in 2006 to leverage the efforts of mainstream higher education associations to advance sustainability in their operations, programs, and professional development. AASHE is an active HEASC member and provides resources and services to the group, in addition to hosting its website. Current plans are for AASHE to coordinate and manage HEASC starting in 2008.

Net Impact's Campus Greening Initiative

Net Impact is a network of MBA students and young professionals committed to using the power of business to improve the world. The Campus Greening Initiative engages Net Impact members to use their business skills to improve their school's impact on the environment, as well as to raise awareness of environmental problems and solutions among emerging business leaders. AASHE serves as an advisor for the initiative.

US Partnership for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (USPDESD)

The US Partnership is a voluntary partnership of individuals, organizations, and institutions dedicated to fulfilling the goals of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). AASHE is an active partner and has helped establish a Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) whose goal is to make sustainability a focus of their publications, programs, and operations.



AASHE Blog: Campus Sustainability Perspectives



AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability -- On Campus and Beyond


AASHE's Campus Sustainability Calendar

Member's Only

Academic Programs in Sustainability

Friday, February 13, 2009

Article: CHE: WSU Goes Paperless

Internal Communications at Washington State U. Go Paperless / Steve Kolowich

The Chronicle of Higher Education / Wired Campus / February 10, 2009

Washington State University has decided to go paperless for all internal communications on its four campuses, moving all memos, fliers, posters, and its weekly newspaper to cyberspace. “Experts have been predicting a transition to a paperless society for years,” wrote Elson S. Floyd, the university’s president, in a statement ... :

"Recently we announced that, for budget reasons, all internal communications at Washington State University will be shifted from paper to electronic formats."



“Meanwhile, it seems that the piles of papers that cross our desks keep growing. We plan to reverse that trend.”

The decision, made official last month, comes amid an effort to trim $10-million from the university’s budget by June, with further cuts anticipated next year. Barbara B. Petura, vice provost for university relations, said that it was “probably impossible” to project how much Washington State would save by phasing out paper, and she admitted that the savings would only put a small dent in the amount the university hopes to cut from its operating expenses. [snip]

While the budgetary impact of going paperless might be largely symbolic, university officials note that the switch also has environmental benefits.[snip]

[Barbara B. Petura, vice provost for university relations] also said that quitting paper cold turkey would encourage the university to integrate Web 2.0 technologies—such as blogging and social networking—into its internal communications. [snip]




Sunday, February 8, 2009

Book: Commerical Energy Auditing Reference Handbook / 2008

Lilburn, GA : Fairmont Press / 2008 / ISBN: 0-88173-567-1/ 6 x 9 / Illus. / 427 pp. / Hardcover / $95.00

This practical desk reference for energy engineers and managers is designed to serve as a comprehensive resource for performing energy audits in commercial facilities. Although there are no "typical" commercial buildings, the book begins with the premise that when commercial facilities are subdivided into categories based on business type, many useful patterns can be identified that become generally applicable to the performance of an effective energy audit. Hence, discussion of procedures and guidelines is provided for a wide range of business and building types, such as schools and colleges, restaurants and fast food, hospitals and medical facilities, grocery stores, laboratories, lodging, apartment buildings, office buildings, retail, public safety, data centers, churches and religious facilities, libraries, laundries, warehouses and more. All focal areas of the building energy audit and assessment are covered, including building envelope, lighting, HVAC, controls, heat recovery, thermal storage, electrical systems and utilities.


1 – Benchmarking
2 – Reading Energy Use Graphs
3 – Energy Saving Opportunities by Business Type
4 – Manufacturing
5 – ECM Descriptions
6 – Utility Rate Components
7 – Automatic Control Strategies
8 – Building Operations & Maintenance
9 – Quantifying Savings
10 – Sustaining Savings
11 – Mechanical Systems
12 – Motors & Electrical Information
13 – Combustion Equipment & Systems
14 – Compressed Air
15 – Fan & Pump Drives
16 – Lighting
17 – Envelope Information
18 – Water & Domestic Water Heating
19 – Weather Data
20 – Pollution & Greenhouse Gases
21 – Formulas & Conversions



Detailed Table of Contents (Library of Congress)

Libraries / Museum / pp. 42-43


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Book: Handbook of Energy Audits / 7th Edition / 2008

HANDBOOK OF ENERGY AUDITS / 7th Edition / Albert Thumann, P.E., C.E.M. and William J. Younger, C.E.M.
Lilburn, GA : Fairmont Press / 2008 / ISBN: 0-88173-577-9 / 6 x 9 / 462 pp. / Illus. / Hardcover / $110.00

Newly revised and edited, this best-selling handbook is the most comprehensive and practical reference available on energy auditing in buildings and industry. Updated with new chapters on energy assessment and computer software, this book includes detailed analysis of the latest technologies and software available to optimize the audit process. You'll find all the information necessary to plan and carry out a thorough and accurate energy audit of any type of facility, including electrical, mechanical and building systems analysis. Clear, easy-to-follow instructions guide you through accounting procedures, rate of return and life cycle cost analysis. A full chapter is devoted to understanding your utility bill, and using that knowledge to trim your energy costs. Loaded with forms, checklists and handy working aids, this book is must reading for anyone responsible for conducting or overseeing a facility energy audit.


1 – Energy Auditing Basics
2 – Energy Accounting and Analysis
3 – Understanding the Utility Bill
4 – Energy Economics
5 – Survey Instrumentation
6 – The Building Envelope
7 – The Electrical System Audit
8 – The Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning Audit
9 – Upgrading HVAC Systems for Energy Efficiency
10 – The Physical Plant Audit
11 – Central Plant Retrofit Considerations
12 – Maintenance & Energy Audits
13 – Self-Evaluation Checklists
14 – In Transition from Energy Audits to Industrial Assessments
15 – A Compendium of Handy Working Aids
16 – Computer Software for Energy Audits
17 – World Class Energy Assessments
Software Directory, Glossary, Index


Google Book / Handbook of Energy Audits / 6th Edition / 2003

Friday, February 6, 2009

Library/Arizona: Scottsdale Arabian Library Wins Smart Environment Award

Bridgette Steffen / January 28, 2009 /

Borrowing books from the library is the responsible and environmentally friendly thing to do, and this new library in Scottsdale Arizona makes us want to use the library all the time. Designed by Richärd + Bauer, the Arabian Library utilizes great green building design and innovative new thinking to encourage people to lend from the library. Not only that, but the building is gorgeous, inviting, brightly lit, and a recent winner of the 2008 IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environments Award.


The building itself is shooting for LEED Silver rating and is constructed primarily from local materials. The structure’s pre-rusted steel, granite, and recycled cotton insulation all came from nearby towns in Arizona. There are charging stations for alternative-fueled vehicles and the parking lot itself is reused from a previous building. Ceilings are made from recycled perforated MDF board and the hanging lighting fixtures can be moved as needed, giving the sense that the library is a big living room where Herman Miller chairs provide comfortable seating. Indoor air quality is also carefully considered and the building utilizes low VOC paints, and a HVAC system that circulates air in a underfloor system.

Richärd + Bauer’s library was inspired by the beautiful slot canyons of Arizona, which are suffused with light streaming down from above. Full length windows draw in light from the interior courtyard and views of the surrounding mountains are carefully framed to block views of busy road on the west side of the building.


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