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Environment and the Library: Getting Started

Carbon Calculators

Calculating Your School's Carbon Footprint   (Carbon Detectives)

Calculate Your School's Footprint (Carbon Partners)

International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge

Carbon Footprint Business Calculator: For businesses in North America and many other areas of the world. The sign-up process requires you to give your workplace information, so be prepared.


  • Website should include individual carbon calculators?
  • What about paper cut?


GreenFILE via Badgerlink
GreenFILE provides resources covering all aspects of human impact on the environment, including topics such as global warming, green building, renewable energy, recycling, and more.  

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This government published website features trending environmental topics, news, and more.  



  • Libraries as the original green program....don't buy, borrow.


  • eBooks
    • Particularly books that have a expected short shelf life.
  • Databases - Green Note taking
  • Online publishing with Springshare, possibly Biblioboard
  • FLIPSTER (this is an EBSCO product, shifting paper magazines to online)
  • Badgerlink usage (EBSCOHost)  Connecting local efforts to state efforts and the importance of companies like EBSCO in reducing paper usage of high-quality resources)
  • Book Scanning Station
  • Classroom paper (google vs. paper) = cloud computing  = Green Information Retrieval


  • Paper (school)
  • District Computer recycling program?


  • Furniture
    • Restore
    • Shelving for counters
  • Maker Lab

Things we need to do!

  • Sleep Feature on library catalogs?
  • Indoor air quality...should we include plants?
  • New carpet should be natural fibers?
  • Can we make more use of our large windows?  Consider (dim spots) we could have in the library.
  • Highlight our environmental collection
  • duplex printing
  • More recycling:  CDs, printer cartridges, host computer and IT product recycle drop off programs (work with habitat for humanities)

What data do you need from me?

Environmental Debate - Reading Lists

Green Book Corner



National Ecosystem Approach Toolkit



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