Sustainability @ Smathers : UF Libraries Green Team newsletter

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Want to learn more about Tools for Schools? Take a look at the Alachua county resource centers web page: h p:// pts/solidwaste/outreach/toolsforsc hools/pages/toolsforschools.aspx Working Toward a Greener Future Issue 6 Spring 2014 UF Libraries Green Team Newsle er This fall the Smathers Libraraies once again par cipated in the Tools for Schools drive in Alachua county. We collected a large number of school supplies, including markers, crayons, note pads and cards, glue, binders, notebooks and more. We lled four of the collec ons boxes to burs ng. These items will help economically disadvantaged children, as well as the teachers in our local are public schools. Congratula ons to the libraries for a successful Tools for Schools drive. LetÂ’s see if we can top this next year! at the UF Smathers libraries Call for Green Team membership! Sustainability @ Smathers The UF Smathers Libraries Green Team is looking for fresh blood, and we hope you will join us. Are you energe c, enthusias c, and dedicated to increasing the Libraries e orts at sustainability? Do you have an extra hour or three per month to pitch in and help with programs, events, or even with this newsle er? If so, then you are just who weÂ’re looking for. It doesnÂ’t take a lot of e ort to be a member, and it is rewarding to play a part in helping the University community meet its commitment to the sustainability goals it has set, and to help set more goals for the future. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us at : LibGreen@u ib.u .edu Issue 11 Fall 2016 Photo by Peter Miller


Sustainability @ Smathers Issue 11 Fall 2016 Thanks to a joint project between the Library Facili es department and the PPD electrical shop, headed by Michael Whelan, the light xtures in the lobby of Smathers have been retro ed with new LED lamps. These LED rings look and act like the uorescent rings that were previously in these xtures; but they are now about 30% more energy e cient, and they donÂ’t contain traces of mercury as the uorescent bulbs did. The new lamps have a 50,000 hour warranty, which will also reduce the me spent maintaining them. Photo by Peter Miller This fall, Library West was the lucky recipient of the winning Pepsi Gators Give Back grant, chosen and voted on by the UF student body. The winning idea, submi ed by student Kris ana Da lo, was to replace the old push bu on faucets in Library WestÂ’s restrooms with new automa c faucets with a photocell in them. These new faucets require much less maintenance and will save over 50% more water than the previous faucet models. As an added bonus, Library West Chair Jana Ronan, along with April Hines and Peter Miller, was presented with a ceremonial check for the grant during a special announcement at this yearÂ’s Gator Growl event. Sustainable Convoca on Convoca on 2016 was the rst library event to receive a GreenCer ed Sustainable Event Ra ng from the O ce of Sustainability. We strove to make Convoca on an environmentally-conscious event in all aspects, from sending electronic invita ons to using biodegradable serviceware. For dcor, we borrowed cloth tablecloths from a local organiza on, rented live palms from PPD, and purchased decora ons such as paper lanterns and fabric placements that can be reused for future events. We served nger foods to minimize the need for utensils and made sure to o er vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free op ons. Locally-sourced food included bread from The Vine and co ee from Sweetwater Co ee. We gave away door prizes from an array of local vendors and ar sts, and all employees were gi ed an a racve ceramic mug with the George A. Smathers Libraries logo. For more informa on on how to make your library event more sustainable, visit the Sustainable Event Cer ca on Guide from the O ce of Sustainability. -Sarah Pren ce