ALA Unit/Subunit: LLAMA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
As Libraries build, renovate and update operations, they are turning their attention to the creation of energy efficient and healthy environments. Benefits of occupant wellness, public perception, energy efficiency and cost savings provide powerful incentives for investment. Rating programs designed to assess the impact of healthy environments and sustainable design strategies are numerous. This program will equip librarians, planners and designers to make informed choices about where to invest and which rating programs will have the greatest positive impact for their Libraries.
The program will include two speakers and an interactive session:
Mark Strauss, Strategic Advisor for the International Well Building Institute and President Emeritus of Interior Design Magazine, will provide an overview of the array of opportunities and rating programs that can be used to measure and verify the effectiveness of sustainable facilities and operations. These programs (which include LEED, the Living Building Challenge and WELL among others) are not limited to large or new construction projects. Libraries undertaking small or incremental renovations or operational and maintenance changes only, will learn which programs are appropriate for them.
Jill Friedmann, Assistant Dean, Cline Library, Northern Arizona University, will walk through the process and results of NAU’s recent implementation of building system upgrades that has resulted in a LEED Existing Buildings rating. Growing out of a campus wide sustainability initiative, improvements such as low-flow fixtures and more energy efficient lighting provided measurable savings in library energy and resource usage. The project brought together the Library, the Office of Sustainability and NAU campus Facilities Services professionals in a cross-campus process to plan, implement and document for the improvements to the Cline Library building for LEED certification. This manageable-scale project will demonstrate a real-world example of how building improvements aligned with sustainability rating systems ultimately lead to better work and study environments for library patrons and staff.
Following the presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to work in small groups to test sustainable strategies on model scenarios and explore how they might apply them to their own libraries. Each group will receive an illustrated description of a model library with current challenges and some potential opportunities highlighted to start the conversation. Program speakers and members of LLAMA BES committees will facilitate the small group discussions as needed. This session will wrap up by providing groups with the opportunity to report out key findings or questions.