The 3E dynamic considers our ecological footprint in regard to systems thinking within a broad spectrum.
environmental consciouness and community in a more-than-human world
responsible stewardship of resources
fairness to all; ethical practice
Henk, Mandy, and Thornton, Kimberly. Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Path to a Carbon-Neutral Library. First edition. Chicago, [Illinois]: ALA Editions, 2014.
An accessible overview introducing key concepts of sustainability, climate change and how libraries and individuals in libraries can actively play a role in helping build a sustainable library. CMU Libraries has Bronze Certification in the Scotty Goes Green Office Certification Program and have accomplished many of the first steps suggested in the first chapter “Making the Transition."
The 5R zero waste dynamic considers conserving and reusing resources. There are other iterations of the 5Rs including rethink, reform, rot, revise, remix, restore....Google 5Rs.
to purchase or use materials that can harm you, your organization or the environment either in production, use or disposal
Choose to work with companies and vendors committed to ethical and sustainable practices.
Use sustainably sourced materials, local if possible.
Keep asking: do I really need to use a new material? ...what is the minimum material required?
Reuse something you already have instead of buying something. Replace single use items with something you can use over and over again. (Both of these options will save you money as well).
Repurpose something and use it for something else.
Recycle responsibly if the above four options won’t work...recycling is a great way to open your eyes to all that you toss and a chance to rethink your future purchases. As of January 1, 2013 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that all computers, and computer peripherals including but not limited to monitors, keyboards, mice, external drives and printers must be recycled.
Pollution and 5Rs
A fun flashcard game!
Charges a nominal fee for recycling computers/peripherals; receives construction materials and other household items.
“changing the world, one gift at at time”
Goodwill Computer Donations
Donate or recycle computers or computer peripherals
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
“Promotes resource conservation, creativity and community engagement through material reuse.”