Climate change, global air quality and the overall state of the environment are, without question, some of the most harrowing issues facing the world today. Companies and organizations all over the globe are recognizing the harmful effects of their practices and putting forth a genuine effort to go green. Among the many facilities implementing these eco-friendly initiatives are green libraries.
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We’ve talked a lot about the various aspects of transitioning to a green library, but it’s important to bring into focus the true purpose of a library: to educate people. A library is a place for reading, learning, interacting, growing your knowledge base and expanding your imagination. As such, it makes sense to bolster your eco-friendly efforts with eco-education. This means making your green library a place for patrons to not only participate in the eco-friendly movement, but also educate themselves on it.
There are various technical facets to consider when attempting to transition to a green library, including things like architecture, location, heating and air conditioning units and water lines. But to really show your library’s dedication to the environment and play a dynamic role in the green movement, you’ve got to be active. Your green library needs a strong support system to help it take off.
Last week, we covered the many eco-friendly options available for going green with your library, ranging from large-scale, structural renovations to small-scale, internal process adjustments. There’s no set path for going green with your library, but with the wide array of opportunities available, most libraries prefer to start small and stick to a pace that fits their budget.