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Follow our Quest for an Earth Flag

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The award-winning Earth Flag Certification Program was developed by the SCARCE Team to help organizations to be more environmentally responsible. The program involves implementing practical, eco-friendly choices.

Roselle Public Library District was awarded the Earth Flag at the January meeting of the Library Board of Trustees, Wednesday, January 12, 2011. Kay McKeen, director of SCARCE, presented the flag to Christy Snyders, Green Team chairperson.

See photographs of the occasion on the Library's Flickr site.

A document explaining the Library's sustainability initiatives* was available to attendees.

Requirements To Earn Your Flag

Our Quest Begins

Kickoff the Program with a SCARCE Green Audit and a meeting with your green team.

10/08/2009: The Library's new Green Team Task Force met with the director of SCARCE for a Green Audit of the Library. The Team learned:
  • the difference between incandescent, CFL and LCD lighting; the amount of water and energy it takes to produce each and the advantages of CFL and LCD lighting in the Library environment.
  • the energy and dollar savings from turning off electronics and "de-lamping" offices, taking advantage of natural light.
  • opportunities for grants and other funding for green initiatives
  • local resources and companies that can help the Library's green efforts
  • ways that the Library can help patrons in their efforts to recycle
  • federal, state and county laws that are either currently in effect, or will soon be in effect,
  • green products for cleaning, snow melt, landscaping, pest control, etc.
  • educational opportunities
  • upcoming local "green" events
  • and much more!

The Team met after the audit to begin work on plan for the Library itself as well as a plan to offer educational and informational resources, programs and events for the community.

Staff Training Presentation - at least 75% of the staff to be in attendance.

8/14/2010: At the Oct 14 All Staff Training, 8:00 - 9:00 am, SCARCE director, Kay, educated us on environmental and sustainability issues facing the world today, as well as informing us of recycling and green initiative opportunities. She also had a show and tell section to her presentation that both educated and inspired future programming possibilities.

Ongoing recycling program at your office.

8/18/2010: The Library has documented an Environmental Plan for 2011. The plan was discussed at the Library Board of Trustees Planning Committee of the Whole meeting on 8/18/2010, and will be submitted to the Illinois State Library in September.

Sponsor a waste or energy reduction activity (e.g. a collection event, composting)

4/19-5/17/2010: Roselle Public Library, in partnership with SCARCE, collected gym shoes for re-use and recycling. SCARCE donates the shoes to local charities such as PADS, Salvation Army, Midwest Shelter for Homeless veterans and Amvets, as well as international relief programs. The remaining gym shoes go to Nike's Reuse Program.

1/1/2010-12/31/2010: The Green Team has continued with our commitment to 12 months of green programming. We appreciate the effort that youth, teen, and adult services have made to assist us in our quest with their programming choices.

  • We started the year with Organizing to be Green and the Great Magazine Giveaway.
  • This Spring we offered: Recycling 101; One Drop at a Time: Water Sustainability and Your garden; Recycled Comic Wallet & Change Purse; "Green" flowers (from recycled materials); Recycled comic wallet and changes purses; Master Gardener Help Desk (2 times); Preserving Habitats for the Monarch Butterfly.
  • Summer programs included: "Garbage Monsters" (got garbage? Make monsters); Sand Bottle Art; Master Gardeners Help Desk; Grandparents Got Game! featuring green activities all summer long.
  • Fall programs included: Storytimes themed on Recycling with Garbage-Garbage men and Garbage Trucks; Kreative Kids Going Green; Express Yourself Book Covers; Greening Your Home; CUB Utility Bill Checkup.

The Friends of the Roselle Public Library have held three used book/AV sales. Friends book sales provide a service to the community, offering gently used items that have been withdrawn from the Library collection at low prices, keeping the items out of landfills. The sales also generate revenue that the Friends give back to the Library for programming and materials.

Volunteer at a community event that benefits the environment.

4/29/2010: The library participated in the Village Green Night, both at the event and on the organizing committee. The library had a table at Lake Park West on April 29th filled with information on upcoming green programming, Bibliographies of "going green" materials in our collection, and community information. The library had a drawing for 2 "green" books (one Youth, one Adult) that was held at the end of the Green Night presentation at the Auditorium stage.

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