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Greening the Libraries


January 6th, 2012 by Cindy Barry

The Green Initiative Team was created to embrace the University’s commitment to promote and practice sustainability. The team is charged to research “green” initiatives and recommend actions that will generate a meaningful environmental change at the Libraries. Issues of concern include energy use, recycling, reducing paper waste, and other ways to preserve the environment. Through implementation of sustainable practices, we have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on our environment at the workplace.

We invite members of the libraries and university communities to participate in the SU Libraries’ sustainability initiatives.

Team Members

Tasha Cooper (co-chair), Tom House, Jackie Marquart, Deanna McCay, Brian McLaughlin,  Cathy Mulford, Janet Pease

Current Projects

  • Sharing information about green practices (ongoing)
  • Offering a recycling data event (2014)
  • Organizing tours related to environmental initiatives (2014)
  • Putting together an Earth Day book and news reader display (2014)
  • Preparing information for new staff (2014)
  • Creating and updating sustainability resources guide (2013)
  • Updating recycling/waste containers with new SU signs (2013)
  • Continuing to work on information about recycling options in SU Libraries (2013)
  • Green Brown Bag discussion, May 22, 2013
  • Providing information about recycling options (2012/2013)
  • Exploring ways to encourage reduction in paper and toner use and awareness of recycling options (2012/2013)
  • Creating an information sheet for new employees at the Libraries (2012/2013)
  • Arranging for tours of the Center of Excellence, SUNY-ESF Gateway Center, and Green Data Center (2012/2013)
  • Providing space for e-waste recycling, working with the University’s Sustainability office (2012)
  • Creating recycling centers and providing information about waste reduction and what can be recycled (2011-2012)
  • Working on sustainability plan for the Libraries (2011-2012)
  • Providing information via green guide and staff newsletter (2010-present)
  • Participating in campus sustainability initiatives (representation on recycling committee, as well as previous committees) (2010-present)
  • Holding open sessions about sustainability initiatives (2009-2011); co hosting a green brown bag with representatives from regional libaries (2012)
  • Met with SU sustainability staff regarding sustainability audit, and participation in building inventories and surveys in conjunction with Public Administration class (2010-2011)
  • Participated in selection of photocopiers with greener options (2010)
  • Book bags – switched to made in NY; recyclable (2010)
  • Met with all departments to gather ideas (2009)
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