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Environmental sustainability and libraries: facilitating user awareness

Andrea K. Townsend (( is based at School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 28 October 2014




The purpose of this research paper is to examine how Canadian Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified libraries are facilitating awareness about environmental sustainability to library users.


Twenty-four Canadian LEED-certified libraries were surveyed regarding internal initiatives, and methods used to promote their certification and green building features to library users.


The research found that the majority of Canadian LEED-certified libraries were incorporating a variety of internal initiatives and methods to highlight their LEED-certification to library users. The findings show the majority of these libraries were actively involved in creating awareness about this topic to library users.


This research may provide valuable information for libraries wanting to incorporate initiatives that bring awareness to environmental sustainability, or for libraries wanting to use existing green building features to help leverage awareness and learning about this topic.


The author would like to thank the libraries who participated in this survey, and those who gave permission to quote the included content. Thank you also to Shailoo Bedi and Chelsea Garside for their continued support, help and guidance throughout this research.


K. Townsend, A. (2014), "Environmental sustainability and libraries: facilitating user awareness", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 31 No. 9, pp. 21-23.



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