Case Studies

Libraries, the original recyclers, will help lead the way to a green Illinois.  

Chicago Public Library, West Englewood Branch
In 2009, the library had a theme of “Read Green, Live Green,” with environmental programs for local schools and the public. In 2003, the branch opened in a new, LEED-certified building; it is made of environmentally sustainable materials and is e...
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Library
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) library serves ISTC’s 50-person staff working on environmental issues. ISTC has materials on pollution prevention, green business, environmental chemistry, biofuels, and other topics. For the surrou...
Byron Public Library
The building received gold LEED certification for its new building. The library is sustainable in its location, water efficiency, energy, and materials, as well as in its awareness and education programs. Contractors recycled unused and scrap buildin...
Gail Borden Public Library Distrist - Rakow Branch
The library has LEED certification for its efficient HVAC system, water fixtures, and solar controls to reduce energy consumption. The library offers tours highlighting green aspects of the building. Every year, Judson College brings architecture stu...
Des Plaines Public Library
The library presented open mike night for teens to express green views through poetry, stories, and comedy; “Greenapalooza” with local bands; and a life-sized game board, “Greenopoly,” to highlight green aspects of Des Plaines (pictured). Sta...
Morton Grove Public Library
The library launched a campaign to promote green library services and raise public awareness. The photo is of an eco-friendly fashion exhibit. Videos on green aspects of Morton Grove were developed. The Board and staff used this opportunity to lead b...
Schaumburg Township District Library
Green Scene bulletin boards in Adult and Children’s Services keep patrons up-to-date on green services, events and programming. They present Illinois EPA and Will County fact sheets, list recycling dates and post newspaper articles on environmental...
Crete Public Library District
Green Scene bulletin boards in Adult and Children’s Services keep patrons up-to-date on green services, events and programming. They present Illinois EPA and Will County fact sheets, list recycling dates and post newspaper articles on environmental...
Barrington Public Library
The library conducts outdoor programs throughout the year. (See Planting Day, above.) It has a Children’s Garden and an outdoor sculpture park on the grounds. Staff conducts story time in outdoor community locations. In 2010, a tree house at a near...
Waukegan Public Library
Through the New Allies for Nature and Culture program, run by The Field Museum, Friends of Ryerson Woods, and Lake County Forest Preserves, the library connected with new partners to sponsor the first annual Mariposa Festival in June 2010 at the libr...
Champaign Public Library
The library building uses sun shading to reduce energy use; a membrane roofing system that does not absorb heat; and flooring made from bamboo, a plant that regrows rapidly and requires no pesticides. Light is provided by solar tubes that provide sun...
   

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