"Let There Be Light"
In 2018, the Library updated its lighting, replacing older 32-watt fluorescent lamps with more energy-efficient, 10-watt LEDs. The change saves an estimated $28,000 per year in utility costs, lowers energy consumption, and provides greater protection from UV rays. In addition, switching to plastic lamps is safer than the glass tubes used in fluorescent lights. (The Hedgehog, Fall 2018)
Outdated electronics such as desktop computers are offered first to LHL staff; any items not claimed are then sent to local electronics recyclers for proper disposal.
The Library also recycles paper, plastics and aluminum cans. Cardboard boxes are also broken down for recycling.
So Long, veganuary*. New Scientist, February 2, 2019
Six Best Practices for Sustainable Architecture*. Mechanical Engineering, March 2016
How Climate Change Affects Your Health by the American Public Health Association
Find maps, articles and analyses about marine pollution in LITTERBASE, the online portal for marine litter
* = available in LHL print collection only
Teen Vogue's suggestions on How to Take the Trash Out of Your Beauty Routine.
"Green" alternatives such as cork flooring can reduce or eliminate air particulates that cause allergies.
"Everything You Need To Know About Sustainable Beauty" in Elle magazine.
Save money, reduce air pollution and maybe win a prize by participating in RideShareKC's Green Commute Challenge (starts May 6).
The Energy Star Program helps consumers buy energy-efficient products, which can save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
FuelEconomy.gov has a Hybrid Vehicle Calculator, a "Cheapest Gas" locator, estimates on vehicle fuel-efficiency, information on hybrid and electric vehicles, and much more.
Read about the personal choices we can make to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and affect climate change.
Earth-Now displays a 3-D model of Earth; users can visualize recent global climate data from satellites, including surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, water vapor, gravity and sea level variations (iOS and Android).
EJSCREEN (Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping) combines publicly-available environmental and demographic information for a specific area into a single dataset.
Researchers at the University of Maryland developed an interactive app that predicts how the climate will change in 540 U.S. cities by the year 2080.
Identify, collect and geotag litter with Litterrati, an app to crowdsource-clean the planet; users from over 100 countries have registered. (iTunes and Google Play)
The EPA's AirNow program monitors the level of air pollution and provides a daily Air Quality Index for the area (in KC, check SkyCast). The public can receive updates via email, social media and media outlets to help those with respiratory issues protect their health.
Use RideShareKC's Commuting Cost Calculator to determine the financial and environmental impact of driving in the KC area.