How to Get Involved

Learn More About Us

The SustainRT brochure is full of good information!

Become a Member

Membership in SustainRT is $10 per year. You can add SustainRT to your ALA membership when you renew, or you can add SustainRT to your existing ALA membership.

Contribute to the Sustainable Libraries Database

The Sustainability Round Table is collecting information on books, articles, websites, blogs, social groups, and projects that fall under the umbrella of Sustainable Libraries. Please use this form to suggest resources or projects that will become part of our SustainRT Sustainability Database.

Join a Project Team!

1) Environmental Scan

Works together to create an inventory of sustainability efforts in the library world. Examples: policy and procedures, facility projects and best practices, curriculum support, programming, and community outreach. 

Contact - Eileen Harrington

2) ALA Governance Tag Team

Reaches out to ALA administration and leadership better understand “how ALA works” and identify pressure points on which we can focus. This group also explores how to help “green the conference.” 

Contact - Ashley Jones

3) Marketing & Outreach

Explores and implement ideas to market SustainRT and reach out to existing and new members. 

Contact - Tonyia Tidline or Christina Gangwisch

4) Online Education

Provides interactive webinars on sustainable library topics.

Contact - Jeanne Pfander 

Showcase student work in your Institutional Repository!

Facilitate the discovery, dissemination and preservation of student sustainability projects and research. SustainRT, the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development (US Partnership) and the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS)  are launching a Call to Action -- to showcase student sustainability projects and research in Institutional Repositories on campuses across the U.S.  Academic librarians are in a unique and vital position to create a better future -- one with less pollution, healthier ecosystems and higher quality of life for all. We have a role to play in “Creating Sustainable Community,” as shown by the theme of the ACRL 2015 conference.

As a librarian, you can contribute to solving urgent societal sustainability challenges by taking the time to:

  • Encourage faculty to invite students (with high quality sustainability projects and research) to submit their final work to the IR.

  • Use keywords such as “student sustainability research” and discipline-specific subject terms to make this work discoverable.

  • Creating a sustainability section on the IR specifically for sustainability projects and research (making it easier to track for STARS, too)

  • Add a “SUBMIT” button in your IR so students may submit their own sustainability work for later review by library staff (saving the library time and empowering students to play an active role).

  • Add OpenDOAR, an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories, to one of your resource pages to increase discovery of other repositories. Try reviewing OpenDOAR to see how other repositories preserve student work.

  • Reach out to nearby colleges and universities if your institution does not have an IR and inquire about collaborating to meet this Call to Action.

Please send your questions, feedback or ideas to advance this Call to Action to: US Partnership Fellow and SustainRT Coordinator, Madeleine Charney at or 413-577-0784. Your input will be appreciated and valued! Click HERE for instructions on searching for student sustainability projects, papers and research in institutional repositories"


Stay in Touch

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Make a Donation


Online donations are accepted on the giveALA website. On the site, choose to make your donation to SustainRT. 


Fill out the online form, print it out, and send a check, payable to ALA at:

American Library Association
Development Office
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611