Group Calendar: Green Libraries

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GoinggreenJoin this effort to promote environmental stewardship within our profession and in the communities where we work, live, and play.

Libraries across the country are faced with enormous challenges. The environment is one of them. It was important nearly 40 years ago with the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. The American Library Association saw the creation of the Task Force on the Environment (TFOE) in 1989, just as the 20th Anniversary of Earth day was rolling around the corner. TFOE has, over the years, provided direction and guidance within the American Library Association. Its mission statement states that TFOE "Promotes awareness of environmental issues within ALA; addresses information exchange on the world environment; and provides services, programs and publications that assist librarians with environmental issues in the workplace and in local communities." (see: www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/srrt/tfoe/taskforceenvironment.cfm).

 But TFOE has not been the only environmental voice in ALA. ALA's Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) has long supported programs and ideas related to libraries and environmental and energy efficient design, the 2009 National Meeting of the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) was devoted to a theme of Green Libraries, and promoted eco-friendly practices, including a means to reduce the meeting’s ecological footprint by committing to the Green Pledge. Libraries Build Sustainable Communities was a major program theme for the Association in 1999-2001 and saw that nearly 1,900 librarians were trained in expanding their knowledge and outreach on the concepts of sustainability--nearly ten years before "sustainable" became a common household term.