For immediate release | November 28, 2022

Call for SustainRT New Voices in Sustainability Conference Stipend Nominations

clip_image001CHICAGO - The Sustainability Round Table will offer a $500 conference stipend to a SustainRT member attending the 2023 ALA Annual Conference. Applicants should be new and diverse voices in library sustainability or first-time attendees.

The SustainRT New Voices in Sustainability Conference Stipend recognizes the importance of social equity to SustainRT and ALA, and works to support new and diverse members to overcome barriers to participating in the professional development and networking opportunities presented by ALA conferences and events. SustainRT will provide up to $500 each year to help one candidate to attend the ALA Annual Conference through the stipend which can be used for fees associated with registration, housing, meals, travel, or any other costs incurred as a result of attending the in-person or virtual conference.

Prospective applicants may add the SustainRT to their membership by logging in through their ALA Connect account.

The requirements for the award winner are that they must:

  • Attend the 2023 ALA Annual Conference
  • Be a current SustainRT member. (Current SustainRT board members are not eligible.)
  • Brief bio (up to 250 words)
  • A statement on the role of diversity in promoting sustainability in libraries (up to 500 words).
  • Entries are due by February 15, 2023. The winner will be notified in March and recognized at the Sustain RT member meeting at the ALA Annual conference. The award recipient will be invited to serve on the SustainRT Awards Committee following the conference.

For more information or questions, please contact the following SustainRT members:

Jenn Washburn

Secretary, Awards Co-Chair ALA Sustainability Round Table

Kelsey Flynn

Awards Co-Chair

ALA Sustainability Round Table

Tera Ray

Awards Committee Member ALA Sustainability Round Table

About Sustainability Round Table

SustainRT was created as a venue in which members exchange ideas and opportunities regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy and economically viable society. The mission of the organization is to provide resources for the library community to support sustainability through curriculum development; collections; exhibits; events; advocacy, communication, library buildings and space design. SustainRT is open to all ALA members and will include both individual members and organizational members.

About American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit


Danielle M. Ponton

Staff Liaison