Library Sustainability Initiatives
Borrowing vs. Consuming
Libraries support sustainability in their communities by promoting borrowing instead of consuming and by providing free print and electronic materials to borrow.
The library works to incorporate sustainable practices in new and updated spaces.
Monitor energy output from the solar installation at the Arthenia L. Joyner University Area Community Library.
Seven additional libraries are scheduled to have solar panels installed.View Output
CO2 Emission Saved
Electric Car Charging Stations
Access easy to use electric vehicle charging stations at Bloomingdale Regional Library and Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library. The stations were installed as part of a U.S. Department of Energy grant in 2012.Learn about ChargePoint
Energy Demand for 2018
Greenhouse Gas Saved
Water Bottle Refill Stations
Stay hydrated, save money and reduce plastic waste by using eco-friendly water bottle filling stations at many libraries.
Plastic Water Bottles Saved
Coworking and Meeting Space
Share resources while working and collaborating in the library’s coworking and meeting spaces.
Meeting Room Uses (FY18)
- Take advantage of copy, print, scan, and fax services at all locations.
- The library buys toner in recyclable cartridges and properly disposes them.
Electronic Shred Events
Attend an electronics shredding event held in partnership with Urban E Recycling. Hard drives, cell phones, tablets, and other approved devices are shredded securely and then recycled.
Cooking Oil Recycling
To support the recycling of cooking oil, the library has partnered with Hillsborough County Public Utilities and the C.O.R.E. program at nine library locations.
Attend a class on recycling or water conservation offered in partnership with Hillsborough County Extension Service and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.