Sustainability @ Smathers : UF Libraries Green Team Newsletter


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Strike Out Hunger Food Drive Staff Bike: new location The staff bike has moved! It is now on the public bike rack between Library West and East. Look for the blue bike with the Sustainable UF sticker. The key and helmet are available for checkout from Charlotte Barnes on the 5 th floor of Library West. Questions/Suggestions: email the Libraries Green Team at Recycling your holiday tree Alachua county residents can recycle their trees with their regular yard trash. Other options for getting rid of that tree include dropping off trees with either the Alachua County Rural Collection Centers or Wood Resource Recovery There is no charge for either drop off location. You can also call your local community garden to see if they are collecting trees for mulch. The Smathers Library Green Team participated in distribution. This county wide program serves some of the more than 51,000 citizens (8,000 children) living in poverty in our county. Many of these families depend on our local pantries to help stave off hunger. Collection boxes were placed in Library West, Marston Science Library, Smathers Library, Health Science Center Library and the Music Library. Faculty, staff, and students filled the boxes with non perishable food items. A van full of food was delivered to the county collection site at the fairgrounds where more than 500 families picked up donated turkeys and bags of non perishable items on November 9 th Green Team members Nina Stoyan Rosenzweig, Flo Turcotte, and Tara Cataldo coordinated the pickup efforts at each of the Library locations. A group of county volunteers greeted the van with arms upraised in joy, as they were running low on groceries when we arrived. County Commissioner Rodney Long and project director Marie Small were on hand to thank the Libraries for their participation and to pose for photos. Thanks to all who donated and participated in this food drive. We really can make a difference in our community! Working Toward a Greener Future Sustainability @ Smathers Issue 2 December 2011 UF Libraries Green Team Newsletter Reusable Mug Discounts Reusing your coffee mug is good for the environment and your wallet. Starbucks offers a $0.10 discount on beverages if you bring your own mug or cup, and Gator Dining offers a $0.25 discount for coffee purchases if you bring your own mug. You can also buy a BPA free reusable cup with lid and straw from Gator Dining for $2.99, and receive $0.99 drinks every time you use it. TerraCycle at Library West Sustainability @ Smathers Green team member Flo Turcotte shows off the fruits of our collection efforts. Library West now has a TerraCycle bin. It is located at the entrance to the caf area across from Starbucks on the 1st floor. In trying to keep to the spirit of TerraCycle, the entire bin was made out of "upcycled" materials. The plastic tubes were scrap pieces donated by a banking pneumatic systems manufacturer. The wood for the base was salvaged from a demolished bookcase, and the rubber trim is made from old bike tires we got from our very own SG Bike Repair shop! There are many items that can be recycled here including candy and energy bar wrappers, cookie packaging, cork and many other packaging materials. Details on the items that can be recycled through TerraCycle can be found at terracycle/ Ana Silva TerraCycle Coordinator poses with the new TerraCycle bin at Library West


Ongoing New permanent exhibit at the Future January 7th, Saturday 8:30 11:30am Campus Gardens near the bat houses on Museum Road Campus Garden Work Days January 10, Tuesday (tentative) 8:00 9:00am Pugh Hall Green Caffeine Join the Office of Sustainability and Gator Dining Services and enjoy some free fair trade coffee and while discussing sustainability topics. Make sure you bring your own reusable mug! January 18th, Wednesday 3:00 5:00pm 282 Reitz Union River Networks as Ecological Corridors A talk by Andrea Rinaldo, Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources February 15th 16th Reitz Union 3rd UF Water Institute Symposium Early Registration through January 5th ($200 regular, $50 student) March 1st, Thursday 3:00 4:00pm 209 Emerson Alumni Hall A Conceptual Framework for analyzing Adaptive Capacity and Multi Level Learning Processes in Resource Governance Regimes Speaker: Dr. Claudia Pahl Wostl, Professor for Resources Management and Endowed Chair of the German Environmental Foundation, Institute for Environmental Systems Research, Osnabrck, Germany Sustainability in the Stacks Organizing higher education for collaboration : a guide for campus leaders By: Adrianna Kezar Education Library LB2341 .K453 2009 Mirage : Florida and the vanishing water of the Eastern U.S. By: Cynthia Barnett Library West and AFA TD224.F6 B368 2007 150 best eco house ideas By: Marta Serrats AFA TH4860 .A12 2010 EBook Green food : an A to Z guide Edited By: Dustin Mulvaney DVD Living Downstream Library West DVD 5983 this in the IR at Libraries for Sustainability Networking Event at AASHE 2011 Several librarians and academic library personnel who attended the conference put together a proposal for AASHE to consider including key library roles in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), such as sustainability collection development and the Institutional Repository as a vehicle for showcasing sustainability research. STARS is the framework used by colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Performance is measured in 4 categories (Education and Research; Operations; Planning, Administration and Engagement; Innovation). Each participating institution receives an overall rating. The University of Florida is currently a Silver Star institution. Hopefully the librarity will be included in the next STARS update. The AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Annual Conference took place October 8 12 in Pittsburgh, PA. Bonnie Smith had the opportunity of making two presentations, co presented with a UCLA librarian, and the other Graduate Student Workshop on Sustainabilty across the Curriculum lows in Sustainability Prairie Project workshop which took place in May 2011. A librarian from UMass Amherst and Bonnie also hosted a which drew 20 people interested in hearing about the growing role of libraries in coordinating sustainability concepts to all students in all courses. From the networking event 10 ideas emerged for augmenting connections between colleges and their libraries. You can read about UF Campaign for Charities AASHE Sustainability @ Smathers Issue 2 December 2011 Upcoming Events The UF Libraries Staff raised a grand total of $18,018 in pledges this year for the UF Campaign for Charities. We were also able to increase the amount raised during the Silent Auction and Potluck by 15% to $1726. Thank you everyone for your generosity! These contributions go to the dozens of local Three of these agencies were invited to speak They were St. Francis House St. Francis House Pet Care Clinic and Puppy Hill Farm


Other Green Team Projects include: Adding duplex printing/copying signs by public printers Campaigning for the use of interoffice envelopes If you have any questions, ideas, or are interested in joining the Libraries Green Team, contact us at We would love to hear from you! Coach Luma UF Common Reading Program Greening Interlibrary Loan Greening Interlibrary Loan Practices By Dennis Massie, OCLC Research Program Officer practices by California Environmental Associates, a firm of environmental impact consultants. The largest environmental impacts directly associated with ILL operations are packaging, shipimpact on the environment is borne out by scientific analysis: shipped full) However, if most libraries routinely follow the recommendations, the impact across the global rePhotos taken of the Gainesville area by Marijka Willis. Sustainability @ Smathers Issue 2 December 2011 5 Year Sustainability Report Coach Luma Mufleh of Outcasts United by Warren St. John promoted the courageous story of Fugees Family on Thursday, November 18, 2011 at the final ceremony commemorating the 2011 2012 UF Common Reading Program. Luma has used soccer to facilitate adjustment for young refugee boys ripped from their homes by war and resettled in Clarkston, GA. These boys are diverse in both culture and language but they all share a love for the game and this love allows them to overcome many challenges including the allure of gangs and rejection from the local community. academic achievement in the Fugees Academy, an independent middle school established exclusively for refugee children. We should take heart and inspiration from the unit achieving a common dream. The global community can use their story as a model in the fight against social and environmental injustices to achieve our dream of sustainable future. The UF Office of Sustainability recently published their 5 year report progress towards its Sustainability Strategic Vision Here are a few highlights: UF ranked as the top University in the Sustainability category in the Roberts Environmental 2010 Sustainability Reporting of the Top U.S. Universities received a B+ on the Sustainable Endowment Institute College Sustainability Report Card and has been repeatedly Guide to 311 Green Colleges participant in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education ( AASHE ) Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System ( STARS ) and released their first report in January 2011. Below are some of the reasons why UF is highly rated: 98% of water used to irrigate campus is reclaimed there are 21 LEED certified buildings on campus 50.32% of waste at UF was recycled in 2009 300 trees were planted on campus last year 91,328 kilowatt hours are generated each year by the solar array on Powell Hall free buses 30 Faculty Fellows were trained to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum There is still a lot to do to meet and college level efforts move us towards these goals.