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Green Libraries and Sustainability Presentation

I gave a presentation on November 5 at the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference with the very amazing Christa Robinson and Joel Wiese.  We talked about green and sustainable strategies for public libraries.  You can view our presentation and see resources here:


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Goin’ Green for Michigan Library Association

My panel proposal for the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference was accepted.  I’m happy to say the I will be joined by two top notch professionals – Joel Wiese and Christa Robinson – a husband and wife team who specialize in sustainable building and design practices. 

There are lots of libraries in Michigan making efforts to contribute to the green movement including:

Hastings Public Library – they recently installed Solar Panels and have many, many other great features related to their library and the building – they list them here.

Malletts Creek Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library won an award from the Michigan Division of the American Institute of Architecture as a shining example of sustainable architecture.

And libraries such as Canton Public Library are doing away with plastic or paper bags for books and encouraging patrons to purchase cloth bags from the library.  (The library does not make a profit from the sales – they’d rather help the environment!)

So, whether you’re a Michigan library or not, I’d love to hear what your library is doing to help the Green Movement!  What prompted the new green strategies at your library?  How did your staff/community receive the new efforts?  It doesn’t have to be a big thing…even if you just started recycling last week, I’d love to here.  So, please post a note…

Office Max and Recycling: My weaknesses combined

Okay, Office Max, I am your pimp this evening.  Terracycle, you too.

So I’m at Office Max tonight and I am minding my own business trying to not spend money I don’t have, and BAM! There is an amazing display of all things office supply made by a company called Terracycle.  Through the miracles of modern science, the good people of Terracycle have managed to learn to recycle just about everything, or so it seems.  And of course, I succumbed to the amazingness and bought

biodegradable pens:

Okay, so here’s my next thought.  I was going to tell you that you should all consider using these cool Terracycle products in your libraries because that would bring you that much closer to having a sustainable building/library.  And you were going to say “At $5.99 for a pack of four pens, you are clearly insane.  Stop sniffing glue at work!”

Then I found out that for every Capri Sun or Kool Aid drink pouch you send to Terracycle, they give you $.02!  So, you can recycle nasty drink pouches (help the environment) and then buy cool biodegradable office supplies (more help the environment)!

And this is what you get when you recycle drink pouches:

A pencil pouch!  In large or small sizes and many other neat and useful things too!  GREAT!

No word yet on whether or not the biodegradable pens disintegrate when exposed to water.  I’m thinkin’ not though.

P.S. – Like my berber carpet?  Yeah, I need to vacuum.