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.