(SustainRT committee members, please use our outreach request form to request event promotion)
Stay tuned! The Events & Programming Committee will begin work shortly on the 2021-2022 lineup of webinars and programs.
In the meantime, check out or view again the session recording (open to all) for the ALA Annual 2021 SustainRT Discussion Group: Measuring Sustainability in Libraries.
Past ALA Conferences/Meetings
ALA Annual 2021
- SustainRT Social: Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 4:00 PM CT
- Membership Meeting: June 24, 2021, 11:00 AM CT (check our ALA Connect page for a link to the membership meeting - login required)
- SustainRT Discussion Group: Measuring Sustainability in Libraries (event recording - open to all): Thursday, June 24, 2021, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM CT
- SustainRT Chair’s Program: Sustainable Choices in Library Prizes & Promotional Materials: Friday, June 25, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT (conference registration required)
ALA Annual 2019
Preconference (free but SOLDOUT) - June 22, 2019 (1pm-5pm) Climate Change Conversations in Libraries: Stabilizing Ourselves and Our Communities event link
- SustainRT Member Meeting - June 22, 2019 (2:30-3:30pm), Washington Convention Center, 207A event link
- Chair's Program - June 23, 2019 (8:30am-10am) Carbon Offsets for Sustainable Travel: Why, Where, How event link
- Invite to offset your own travel carbon footprint: http://bit.ly/sustainrt-offset
- SustainRT Event -June 23, 2019 (2:30pm – 3:30pm) US Botanical National Garden Tour (not in conference scheduler at this time) meet at Conservatory Entrance
- Walk to the gardens: For those interested in walking to the garden from the convention center, meet at 1:00pm at the Starbucks (west side of lobby) in the Mt. Vernon Place convention center entrance. Entrance to the garden is free.
ALA Midwinter 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 3-4pm, Location: Washington State Convention Center, Room 211
SustainRT Midwinter Social Event
Time: 7-9pm, Location: Left Bank Books
Sunday, January 27, 2019
SUSTAINRT: Introducing U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in U.S. Libraries
Time: 2:30-3:30pm, Location: Washington State Convention Center, Room 205
ALA Annual 2018
Business Meeting: Sunday 6/24 10:30-11:30am
Chairs Session: Rising Tide: Sunday 6/24 8:30-10am
Orientation / Lightning Rounds: Sunday 6/24 2:30-3:30pm
SustainRT ALA Midwinter 2018 Conference Schedule
Sunday, 2/11 @1-2:30pm - Discussion: Crisis and Community (notes highlighted are key ideas that rose to the top)
ALA Annual 2017
Bill McKibben Imagining a World that Works - In Time to Prevent a World that Doesn't: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 1-2:30 pm McCormick Place, S102. Co-sponsored by Social Responsibilities Round Table, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, American Indian Library Association,
2017 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair at Annual Conference. Saturday, June 24th from 3-5pm in the Special Events area of the Exhibits Hall.
SustainRT and SRRT Social Event: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 5-7 pm at McCormick Place, W194b
Taking the LEED: Sustainable Building Projects @ Your Library: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 8:30-10 am at McCormick Place, W185bc
Next Gen Library Planning: Strategic Library Planning for Sustainability & Resilience in Community: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10:30-11:30 am at McCormick Place, W185bc
SustainRT General Membership Meeting: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 3-4 pm at McCormick Place, W474b
ALA Midwinter 2017
SustainRT Meeting - Saturday 1/21/17, 1:00-2:30pm
Presentation: The Future of Libraires with Mary Beth Lock and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich 1/22/17, 10:30-11:30am
ALA Annual Conference (Orlando) 2016
Meet ups: “Sustainable Thinking,” presentation by Matthew Bollerman and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich; annual business meeting, “SustainRT: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities," SustainRT and the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table members during a joint social; “Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities” lightning rounds; “The National Library of Aruba: Promoting, Enhancing and Embracing Green Education” More here: http://www.alaannual.org/ and read articles in American Libraries about some of these sessions and a summary of #sustainRT tweets
ALA Midwinter 2016 Meet-Ups:
SustainRT’s midwinter meetings were brimming with good ideas and fruitful connections. Our board meeting was well attended with many new faces at the table (See Connect for meeting minutes). At our social event with ProjectARCC we shared our stories of what motivates us to be engaged with sustainability in our professions. FYI: SustainRT is now under the umbrella of ALA’s Office of Diversity, Literacy and Outreach which supports the inclusion of diverse perspectives within our profession and association.
Past Webinars, Tweet-ups & Events
Webinar: June 22, 2021, Cultivating Sustainable Community in an Academic Library (9 Eastern, 10 Central, 11am Mountain, noon Pacific)
The University of Denver Libraries Sustainability Committee is committed to working toward a more just and sustainable future. We have focused our efforts on educational outreach, modeling sustainability best practices, and building community within the library, as well as with the greater campus community, and often in partnership with the Center for Sustainability. In this presentation, we’ll discuss some of our successful initiatives, such as Zero Waste Finals, and outline some of the challenges we’ve encountered and lessons learned, especially as we have adapted our work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Webinar: Thursday, April 22, 2021 Inspiring Growth: Developing and Implementing a Native Seed Library
- The recently opened Maricopa Native Seed Library has tapped into an important unmet need in the community. Our county does not have good local native seed sources and plants available, which has resulted in a lack of quality habitat in home landscapes. This habitat is needed now more than ever with increasing threats to our wildlands. This presentation will discuss the context and purpose of the seed library, how it has been implemented, and how you can implement one at your library.
- Registration form: https://forms.gle/R5YBngvdGodJy7LR8
- Hosted by ALA Sustainability Roundtable Online Education Committee
SustainRT Mentorship Meetup Jan 26, 2021
Presenter: Michael Quinn Patton: leading expert in evaluation, Blue Marble Evaluation book author
Hosted by ALA Sustainability Roundtable Online Education Committee
SustainRT Social Hour Tuesday, June 23rd
Presenters: SustainRT's Membership Committee
Anecdotes, tips, and insights from mentors and mentees in the program. Maybe you have something to share too? Or consider being in a dyad for our next round
Webinar: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Growing Communities Together
Presenters: Kathy McKay, Pete Villasenor, Meg Wilson, Carrie Banks
Curious about the green things outside the library's windows? Or are you craving green things outside the library's windows? Find out more about how libraries are are embracing gardens. Are you interested in LEED certification or just making your library more sustainable? Does your local food pantry need fresh produce? Are the children in the children's room getting antsy? Are your teens bored? Does your ESL class need a focus? Do your students need a break? Or a hands-on science activity? Gardens are the answer. Learn from model programs around the country. Hear from Peter Villasenor, Branch Manager at Oakland Public Library's Cesar Chavez Branch, about their bilingual seed library and container garden. Explore the National Library of Medicine's healing garden with the Master Gardener who tends it. Discover the 17 indoor gardens of the Gwinnett County Public Library, you will be amazed by their harvests. Take home your very own seeds to get you started on your own garden. Remember when you have a library and a garden, you have everything you need!
Webinar: Thursday, March 28, 2019 Working Toward Sustainability: Libraries at Advocacy Organizations
Joy McNally, Research Support Coordinator at the Union of Concerned Scientists, will share about the work of the Union of Concerned Scientists and how the 4-year old Research Support department supports the organization's mission of advocating for policies that promote a healthy environment and a safer world. Joy was hired to lead a new program supporting the research staff at UCS in 2014. She is the past-president of the New England chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Prior to arriving at UCS, Joy spent almost 10 years working at a corporate R&D library with a focus on loss prevention engineering.
Virtual Conversation: Friday, March 22, 2019 SustainRT Virtual Conversation with LIS Students
Learning to stay present as our climate continues to change is a key precursor to being able to take effective action. Dani Scott, Technology Librarian and LIS student at Simmons University, hosted a short mindfulness practice followed by a discussion on mindfulness and librarianship, sustainability, and presence.
SustainRT Online Education Committee presents an overview of Bob Doppelt's work from his book Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing. Participants also share resources and brainstorm ideas for library programs around climate change/resilience, including a bit about Massachusetts libraries involvement in Climate Preparedness Week.
Explore how librarians at the Portsmouth Public Library (NH) have successfully collaborated with community partners to plan and implement educational programs called “Handprint Parties” that encourage positive action around a wide range of sustainability topics.
What is the concept of a “Handprint”?
The handprint of an action or a product or a service is the sum total of positive impacts we create in the process that support the health of our planetary systems. This contrasts with a “footprint”, such as a carbon footprint, which is the sum total of negative impacts caused by a process necessary to produce a product or service. You can read more about these two concepts in the following article in which Dr. Greg Norris of the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment discusses the issues in more detail, https://www.greenbiz.com/article/introducing-handprinting-good-you-do-mi....
This webinar will be an experiential, action oriented presentation in which attendees are asked to interact with the presenters so come with a pad of paper and writing device. In exchange, all attendees will be offered free consultations on how to host a Handprint Party at their own institution on a passionate topic of their choosing.
Bert Cohen is retired Adjunct Faculty at the University of New Hampshire where he team taught classes in Sustainable Living and Systems Thinking for Sustainable Living. He currently chairs the mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Sustainability for the City of Portsmouth. Bert is a founder member of the Sustainable Alliance, an organization that is building a community of citizens who understand and use The Natural Step principles to create a sustainable future. During his sixty plus years of teaching he has been on a path of exploring how to form learning communities that support the well-being of the individual, enhance the civility within society, and respect the integrity of our environment.
Steven Butzel, Director of the Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH. Steering Committee member of the Sustainability Alliance.
A brief history of SustainRT, some exciting initiatives, and ideas for getting involved, then a discussion about sustainability in librarianship and how to infuse our careers with sustainability values and contributions.
Article about the history of SustainRT: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15487733.2015.11908147
Join a SustainRT commitee! http://www.ala.org/rt/sustainrt/sustainrt-committees
Form to submit to the SustainRT Sustainability Database: http://goo.gl/forms/JMP8ua7GT6
SustainRT student survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfq5Szqs2VMtNqJk5qzGSD2IpQ06k_e_RXzvYHvDj7LULt0gw/viewform
Sharon Rowe, CEO and Founder of Eco-Bags Products, Inc., is recognized as a thought leader in social innovation and sustainable, responsible clean supply chain production. She will share her experiences in building a profitable, mission & value aligned business while maintaining a healthy work/life balance – topics covered in her new book “The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living”. Join us to explore how we can all learn from and support these kinds of businesses and organizations.
Dr. Ellen Moyer, author of the book Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World, shared reasons for hope that we can solve dire environmental problems such as climate change facing our world and concrete actions we can take to help ourselves and our world at the same time, including the one most important action for getting started.
Webinar: Thursday, June 8, 2017, 12:15-12:45pm (EDT): Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Well-being with Bob Doppelt.
Webinar: Thursday December 1, 2016, 12:15-12:45pm (EST): David Selden, National Indian Law Library, spoke about the founding of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability under the American Association of Law Libraries. Their activities include a Conference Travel Offset Project and a Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries.
Speakers included Jodi Shaw, children's librarian, Brooklyn Public Library; Madeleine Charney, sustainability studies librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Mary Beth Lock, director of Access Services, Wake Forest University; and Ray Pun, first year student success librarian, California State University, Fresno -
Presentation by Rachael Shea, Head of Public Services at Clark University. The webinar will explore the importance of relationship and the many ways libraries can contribute to creating sustainable communities. Rachael will describe how the "interconnectedness of things" and the interplay of exchange - give and take - is what underlies true sustainability.
Local community organizations and publishers can be valuable partners for libraries in creating sustainability-oriented programming. Join us on February 4 for this free SustainRT webinar to learn as Sally Thomas and Michael Weaver describe Book-to-Action programs which extend the idea of a book discussion by not only scheduling an author/speaker, but also partnering with a public service organization for a volunteer day or other community service opportunity.
Webinar & Virtual Meeting: Thursday, December 17, 2015, 12:15pm (EST): IT Energy Savings for Libraries: Identifying and Understanding Opportunities to Reduce Costs with special guest, Mike Walker from EPA's Energy Star program
Tweet-up with Project ARCC - Monday, October 19, 2015, 1:00 pm (EST), - View the Storify of the event!
ProjectARCC (Archivists Responding to Climate Change) and ALA’s SustainRT (Sustainability Roundtable) co-hosted a tweet-up to discuss how we as archivists and librarians can reduce our professional carbon footprint and implement sustainable practices in our institutions #SustainLIS and by following @projectARCC and @sustainRT on Twitter: View the #sustainlis Tweets
Webinar: Thursday October 15th, 2015, 12:15-12:45 pm (EST) - Sustainable Communities and ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries with Miguel A. Figueroa