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Top 10 tips to go green at your library

Today is Earth Day. In honor of Earth Day, here are some tips to go green at your library.

1. Form a green library committee
2. Link going green to saving energy costs to earn administrative support
3. Recycle books (Better World Books)
4. Turn down the heat 1 or 2 degrees
5. Use energy efficient lighting and automatic timers and/or collect batteries and CFL bulbs for recycling
6. Encourage telecommuting if possible
7. Encourage people to turn off lights when a room is not in use
8.  Encourage people to bring mugs rather than disposable cups
9. Clean green
10. Start a library community garden or have more houseplants

Some resources you can explore for more information about the environment and your library are:

Antonelli, Monika. The Green Library Movement: An Overview and Beyond. Electronic Green Journal. 1(27). 2008

http://www.greenlibraries.org
http://thegreenlibraryblog.blogspot.com/
http://greeningyourlibrary.wordpress.com/

Celebrate Earth Day by thinking of at least one step you can take to make your library more earth friendly, and put that step into action!

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