Your Name and Title: Lisa Kropp, Library Director Lindenhurst Public Library (NY)

Library, School, or Organization Name: Lindenhurst Public Library (NY)

Co-Presenter Name(s): Jill Davis, Library Director, Hendrick Hudson Free Library (NY), Jennifer Ferriss, Head of Circulation and Technical Services, Saratoga Springs Public Library (NY), and Becky Czornobil, Professional Development Manager & SLI Director of Certification, New York Library Association  

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: New York, United States

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): public, school, academic library staff

Short Session Description (one line):  Learn how three public libraries became certified as sustainable institutions by using an innovative benchmarking program designed by co-creators of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative in New York.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):  Learn how three public libraries in New York State went through the first of its kind, Sustainable Library Certification Program, during a moderated panel discussion. Participants will learn how the Sustainable Libraries Initiative grew out of the work from the New York Library Association's Sustainability Initiative. In addition, hear about the different ways to acheive buy in from stakeholders, including staff, to changing mindsets and long term habits within your organization to better align with the efforts of the triple bottom line definition of sustainability that focuses on: the environment, economics and social equity. The benchmarks provided staff the opportunity to take a closer look at library operations, including procedures, policies, external partnerships, and purchasing decisions. Using the benchmarks as a framework gave each team the opportunity to think about providing library services using a sustainable lens in a new way in order to view “typical” library based work differently. Learn how each library’s unique experience, and achieving this certification, has led to new partnerships, services, and awareness amongst their communities’ trustees, administration, and staff.

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