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  • 1.Green Your Operations Fifteen Ways

2. Whats this all about?

  • We all want to go green
  • We cant all build fancy new green buildings
  • But we can be sustainable in our operations!
  • 15 areas for improvement
    • Probably are doing some already
    • Probably cant do others
    • But you can do something!
  • http://delicious.com/eduserv/green_ops

3. 1: Conduct a waste stream audit

  • Ask yourself:
  • What are we throwing out?
  • How much of it?
  • Where is it coming from?
  • Then ask:
  • Where can it go besides the landfill?
  • How can we generate less to start with?

4. 2: Use less paper

  • Double sided prints/copies
  • Print management systems
  • Digital document delivery
  • Migrate forms online
  • E-versions of employee manuals & docs
  • Route one copyor no copies!
  • Get multiple catalog mailings reduced to a single copy

5. 3: Recycled and reused materials

  • Recycled paper
    • 30% recycled works as well as new paper
  • Reused or reclaimed materials
    • Furniture
    • Office equipment
  • Dont forget to offer your own stufffor others to reuse!

6. 4: Green your break room

  • Encourage brown-bagging
  • Get rid of disposable dishes, cups, flatware
  • Serve fruit, not packaged snacks
  • Lose the bottled water
  • Clean the microwave

7. 5: Greener weeding

  • Book sales
  • Donate locally
  • Send your discardsto be reused
    • B-Logistics
    • Better World Books

8. 6: Energy Efficient Lighting

  • Replace older T12 fluorescent lamps with T8 lamps
    • And magnetic ballasts with high-efficiency ones
    • 35 - 43% energy reduction at similar light levels
  • Convert exit signs to LEDs
    • 90 - 92% energy reduction

9. 6: Energy Efficient Lighting

  • More ideas:
  • Open the blinds to let in daylight
  • Reduce overall light levels, supplement at task planes
  • Dust the ceilings a bright ceiling reflects more light

10. 7: Give your HVAC some TLC

  • Proactive HVAC maintenance
  • Reduce your buildings total energy use by up to 8%
  • Improve indoor air quality
  • Contractors for major repairs and overhauls
  • In-house maintenance on an ongoing, regular basis

11. 8: Turn it off

  • Use natural daylighting when possible
  • Occupancy sensors for less-used spaces
  • Exorcise the phantom
    • Set screens to go blank (not to a screensaver)
    • Use smart power strips
    • Unplug chargers andconverters when not inuse

12. 9. Drive it into the ground

  • Purchase high-quality equipment
    • Higher up-front costs
    • Save money down the road
  • Maintain your equipment, furniture, vehicles, etc.
  • Defer new purchases by extending lifetimes
    • Update and upgrade
    • Make sure it will meet user demands though

13. 10. Alternative transportation

  • Preferential parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, carpools
  • Encourage employees to carpool, bike, take public transit
    • Subsidize/offer incentives
    • Coordinate rideshares
    • Showering/changing facilities for staff?

14. 11. Dont forget telecommuting!

  • What workflows dont requireactual in-house presence?
  • Draw up telework policies,employee agreements
  • Meetings too!
  • Need infrastructure in place
    • Equipment: employees or librarys?
    • Connectivity at home (subsidized?)
    • Secure file access, e-meeting software, etc.

15. 12. Clean greener

  • Walk-off mats work!
  • Use non-toxic formulas
  • Green Seal products
    • Coordinate with yourjanitorial contractor

16. 13. Greener ILL

  • Scan and send electronically when possible
  • Participate in local/regional consortia
    • Nearby sources are better than remote
    • Local couriers supplying reusable shipping bags/bins
  • Reuse packaging
    • New packaging accounts for >50% of environmental impact
    • Padded bags are better than cardboard

17. 14. Greener IT

  • EPEAT system for equipment selection
  • Criteria:
    • Reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials
    • Materials selection
    • Design for end-of-life
    • Product longevity
    • Energy conservation
    • End-of-life management
    • Corporate performance
    • Packaging

18. 15. Tell your patrons!

  • Develop an eco-collection
  • Promote the library as agreen institution
  • Offer green themed programs and events
    • Bring in local activists and experts
  • Turn your landscape into an interpretive center

19. The 3 Rs?

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle

20. The 6 Rs!

  • Rethink
  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • Repurchase/Recover
  • Rejoice

21. Thank You for Attending!

  • Questions?
  • 1.800.999.8558
    • Ext. 3848
  • Web: lyrasis.org
  • Email: russell.palmer@lyrasis.org