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Sustainability: Home

In Developemnt

This guide is in development. We appreciate your patience as we build this guide and new sustainability services. 

What is Sustainability?

From the Sustainable Libraries Initiative website:


Sustainability is much more green design applied through strategies such as the use of solar panels and LED lights. It’s the capacity to thrive. Both ALA and NYLA have adopted the Triple Bottom Line definition of sustainability. This consists of practices that are environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable. Libraries play an important and unique role in promoting community awareness about resilience, climate change, and a sustainable future.

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Why Sustaibility?

During member library staff focus groups that led to the development of the 2022-26 Plan of Service, there was a clear trend: libraries care about sustainability, and wanted RCLS to provide sustainability continuing education and services. Because of this feedback, RCLS has committed to becoming a certified sustainable organization by the Sustainable Libraries Initiative. 


Sustainability has been included in our plan of service, and we look forward to taking the necessary steps to meet these goals.


Click here to read the RCLS 2022-2026 Plan of Service

Upcoming Continuing Education

Upcoming Programs for RCLS Member Libraries
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Library Landscaping with Native Plants: January 17 at 10:00, in-person

To view the full RCLS event calendar, click here.

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