Zero Waste Event in New York

NYLA-SI Goes Zero Waste

Earlier this year the NYLA Sustainability Initiative Committee gathered at the NYLA headquarters in Guilderland, NY, to debrief from its inaugural year, process feedback received from the library community, and plan for the coming year.

When planning the event we went the extra mile to demonstrate what a “zero-waste” event could look like. A zero-waste event is one that reduces solid waste and captures any  recyclable and compostable materials such as cups, plates, and food scraps that are generated by the event in Zero-Waste stations.

Attendees were encouraged to bring their own refillable and reusable water bottles and their own coffee/tea receptacles. Organizers provided compostable plates, cutlery and several as cups – for those who forgot their water bottles

The event was eye opening from both the organizer and attendee perspective and surprisingly easy to do. It is interesting how small decisions can make a big impact.

Arming the Ramparts

Arming the Ramparts  |  Rebekkah Smith Aldrich  |  Library Journal  |  February 8, 2017

The sustainability of our world depends on a strong social fabric in local communities where people know and respect one another. This social fabric is key for resilient communities in the face of environmental, economic, and social disruption. That fabric is now torn in many places thanks to the vitriol and viciousness of the presidential election and fears about what will happen next… Read the full article here.

Deliberate Resilience

Deliberate Resilience  |  Rebekkah Smith Aldrich  |  Library Journal  |  December 8, 2016

Resilience: to bounce back after disruption. We’ve dealt with a lot of disruption as libraries and citizens in the past year. From a pretty insane presidential race to a major nationwide Internet outage caused by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that harnessed the Internet of Things to hurricanes, drought, and forest fires, we’ve got disruption in just about every sector of modern life… Read the full article here.

Sustainability Initiative Launches at NYLA2016

nyla_si-logoAfter 14 months of planning, plotting, fundraising, online meetings, phone calls, drafts, laughs and one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career I’m so excited to be on the even of launching the New York Library Association’s Sustainability Initiative (NYLA-SI).

 

Sustainability at NYLA Conference

Submitted by Jessica Phillipe.

At the annual NYLA Conference this week in Saratoga Springs, the Sustainability Initiative will be sharing much of what we’ve done over the past year to help create more sustainable libraries and stronger communities. For those attending, there is a full-day preconference continuing ed. program on Wednesday, November 2 called Libraries: A Powerful Platform for Change. There are still a few seats available, and you can register onsite! There is also an overview session on Friday morning called, Sustainability Initiative: Where Are We Going?

As part of the Initiative’s efforts to make libraries and communities more resilient, all NYLA attendees will find receive the Roadmap to Sustainability booklet in their conference packet. The Roadmap is a tool to clarify sustainability principles, to get you thinking about where your library is in the sustainability process, and how to move forward to make your library and your community stronger. The Roadmap is printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink, and it’s also available electronically as an app. If you don’t need the Roadmap, just return it to the registration area or to the Sustainability Initiative booth. If you have any questions about the Initiative, visit the booth, or look for the conference attendees wearing an “Agent of Change” button; these are members of the committee excited to share more with you. The booth will have additional roadmaps, more information, and the best raffle baskets around!

For those of you unable to make it to conference, you can catch up with the Sustainability Initiative with this 3-minute video, and after conference, the Roadmaps will be available for $3 on NYLA’s website, or free as a PDF if you sign up for our mailing list. The NYLA Sustainability Initiative is poised to help New York Libraries make groundbreaking changes to their institutions and communities. If you would like to support the excellent work of the committee, you can donate here. For more info or to get involved, contact Rebekkah Smith Aldrich or Matt Bollerman.

Cover for the Roadmap to Sustainability.

LJ Leader Video released

lj_designingthefuture_logoAs many of you know, I’m not a fan of being in front of the camera. However, it was cool to be asked to talk about designing the future for libraries for Library Journal’s special future focused issue. Filmed during ALA Annual in Orlando, it was an emotional time in our nation’s history due to the shootings at the PULSE nightclub in Orlando just a few days before we arrived at the conference. It was great to see how the library community pulled together to show support for Orlando and the LGBT community while in Orlando and it reminded me what a great professional librarianship is to be a part of.

Designing Our Future: Each Choice Tells Our Story

futurePretty cool to have my latest Sustainability with a Capital S column featured in the special “Designing Our Future” issue of Library Journal!

Each Choice Tells Our Story  |  Rebekkah Smith Aldrich  |  October 4, 2016  |  Library Journal

“I’ve been working hard to ­ensure libraries understand that sustainability involves far more than “going green.” Embracing the Triple Bottom Line definition of sustainability helps libraries think holistically about the environmental, economic, and social aspects of their library and community. Nonetheless, libraries have a lot of work to do on the “going green” side of things.

Libraries are steeped in work that speaks to their economic viability and that of their communities. Our professional ethics are rooted in the creation, promotion, and preservation of socially equitable access for and treatment of those we serve. Both of these are part of the everyday work of simply being a library. Is there a constant need for vigilance on these fronts? Absolutely.

However, are libraries working as diligently on being environmentally conscientious and helping our communities do the same as they are on the economic and social equity sides of things? Not as much as we should.

We got off to a very strong start: we are the founding mothers and fathers of the “sharing economy.” As such, we help reduce the need to own everything and likely have an impact on the amount of stuff that ends up in landfills. But after that our commitment to environmentalism wanes.

From the Inside Out…” Read the full article here