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Earth Day 2017: Environmental and Climate Literacy

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Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.–Earth Day Network

Educate yourself on the issues surrounding climate change, and examine the scientific evidence. Being sustainable in your own life, even by making small changes, can help to mitigate climate change and make your environment, and that of your community, cleaner and healthier.

How can you help?

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–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

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Sustainability: The Time is Now

earth-day-2016-poster-earth-day-networkDid you know?

  • 1 carton (10 reams of regular (non-recycled) paper) uses .6 of a tree (or, in other words, 1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper. Source: Conservatree)
  • In 2015, students at ECC used over 1 MILLION sheets of paper (averaging to 3,100 sheets per day)
  • An average of 7 ink cartridges PER MONTH are used in the ECC Library.
  • The environmental impact of the paper alone for these print jobs equaled the loss of 14 trees and the CO2 produced was 5,226.4 kg.

So, how can you help?

Check out our Sustainability Research Guide! It has much more on this topic, including tips, books, and article databases for further research.

7 Savvy Tips to conserving paper and ink in the library:

  1. Email the article to yourself. All the databases offers an email feature right from where you are researching. (This also saves you from losing the article later in the semester!)
  2. Save your items to a flash drive or to your desktop.
  3. Print only the pages you need instead of the entire document.
  4. Check the Print Preview to make sure you print the correct document.
  5. When printing a PowerPoint or slides, print several slides per page, instead of a single slide on each page.
  6. When making copies, choose to print your document 2 sided rather than on single sheets.
  7. When all else fails, RECYCLE!

 

Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day!

Earth Day 2015 is celebrated by over 1 billion people in 192 countries, making it the largest civic observation in the world!

Eradicating global poverty is possible, but only in a world where all countries commit to a low carbon future. We’ve got the technology. All we need is the will. Sustainability is the answer to development— the only answer. (1)

Celebrating Earth Day can be as simple as thinking about ways you can recycle at your school and in your everyday life. To get started, check out the library’s Sustainability Research Guide. (2) It has much more on this topic, including tips, books, and article databases for further research.

Also, check out ECC’s Sustainability Maker Faire on 4/22 from 11-3 in the Events Center, J Building.

Did you know…..?

  • American throw away over 2.5 million plastic bottles each hour
  • Each person has the opportunity to recycle more than 25,000 cans in his or her lifetime
  • Recycling a three foot stack of newspapers will save 1 tree.
  • Currently, less than 35% of households and less than 10% of business recycle. (3)

7  Savvy Tips to conserving paper and ink in the library:

  1. Email the article to yourself. All the databases offers an email feature right from where you are researching. (This also saves you from losing the article later in the semester!)
  2. Save your items to a flash drive or to your desktop.
  3. Print only the pages you need instead of the entire document.
  4. Check the Print Preview to make sure you print the correct document.
  5. When printing a PowerPoint or slides, print several slides per page, instead of a single slide on each page.
  6. When making copies, choose to print your document 2 sided rather than on single sheets.
  7. When all else fails, RECYCLE! Look for the blue bins around the library to recycle your unneeded paper.

References:
(1) http://www.earthday.org/
(2) Many of these facts and tips were taken from this SlideShare presentation by Distance Librarian, Stacey Shah. Also check out the Is Paperless Always Better SlideShare by Technical Services Librarian Ellie Swanson.
(3) http://www.recyclecrossamerica.org/recycling-facts

Going Green@Your Library for Earth Day

Sustainability Research Guide

Sustainability Research Guide

Come check out the Library’s Earth Day exhibit of books and e-resources on Monday, April 22, from 10:00 am – 2 pm.  We’ll be in Room C120, just inside the Library entrance from the B Building. (Look for the colorful windows in the B Building hallway just past the bookstore.) Enjoy a cookie and stroll through our Going Green@ Your Library displays and presentations.

We will be participating in the college-wide event: visit our location and get your Earth Day passport stamped for the prize drawing!