So the week of April 19th was our first celebration of Earth Week here at the library. For those of you that haven’t been keeping up, we created some displays to try to become more environmentally conscious, and hopefully inspire some of the students to waste less. Our green tactics included stickers on printers, scanners and paper towel dispensers reminding you that the paper “comes from trees.”
But everything that we did was covered in a post from the beginning of Earth Week. What I’m here to focus on is the suggestions that we got from students, which we are going to be taking into consideration as we focus more on sustainability.
There were some especially good suggestions that we’d like to mention.
Install automatic sensors in the ProDeo room after the library closes, so that we don’t waste energy if no one is in the room at night.
Turn off the automatic doors at night. According to the suggestion, that alone will save enough energy to light New York city for 500,000 years. I’d personally like to check the math on that one.
Get double sided printers.
Some of these suggestions may not come into immediate effect, but we are going to try for some. Keep and eye out for recycling bins though, we have those on every floor.
And remember, please only print what you need. We go through a lot of paper every week.
In March, our University community was invited to give feedback to the Library by participating in our LibQUAL+ survey. As a thank you to those who took the time to respond to our questions, we held a drawing for three prizes. Our lucky winners were students Shawna, who took home a new digital camera, and Scott and Pete, who both won an 8GB flash drive.
We’ll be using the results of the survey to help us improve Library programs and better serve the University community. Many thanks to Shawna, Pete, Scott, and all who participated!
P.S. Even if you didn’t get to fill out a LibQUAL+ survey, we still want to know what you think about the Library! You can give us feedback by commenting on this blog, leaving us a message in our Suggestion Box, or posting on our Facebook wall.