EPA Libraries re-opening September 30, 2008

HTML – http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-22468.htm

PDF – http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-22468.pdf

EPA is enhancing access to library services for the public and Agency staff. EPA will open previously closed libraries in its National Library Network, with walk-in access for the public and EPA staff. Other library locations will expand staffing, operating hours, or services. This notice [from the Federal Register] provides information regarding how members of the public can access the libraries and services beginning September 30, 2008.”

With thanks to Dorothy Alibrando, from the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection, who sent this information to the Special Libraries group, Environment & Resource Management Division.

Wikia Green — a new Wiki

“…today [Jimmy] Wales and others at Wikia, Inc. announced the launch of a new eco-focused project, which they’re calling Wikia Green. The goal is to create a flexible, dynamic community wiki that covers anything and everything in the environmental and sustainable universe.”
From an interview reported in The Daily Green 9/9/08: “Wikia Green Launches as a “Wikipedia” for Enviros”

On their homepage is stated: 681 articles since March 2008

Green, Inc. a new blog

Did you notice in today’s New York Times, an announcement of the blog:
Green, Inc. : Energy, the Environment and the Bottom Line

“About Green Inc.
How will the pressures of climate change, limited fossil fuel resources and the mainstreaming of “green” consciousness reshape society? Follow the money. From renewable energy policy to carbon markets to dubious eco-advertising, our energy and environment reporters will track the high-stakes pursuit of a greener globe.”

Green Chemistry Program & electronic newsletter

To read about the Green Chemistry Program at the EPA, click here. The ACS (American Chemical Society) is an active partner. Check out their Green Chemistry links. The RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) also has green chemistry links and publishes the key journal, Green Chemistry. Princeton University Library subscribes to this journal.

To subscribe to the Green Chemistry Program electronic newsletter, send a blank email to lyris@lists.epa.gov with the subject line: subscribe green_chemistry FirstName LastName

Student Design Competition for Sustainability (EPA)

From the Green Chemistry Program electronic newsletter:

P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet: Student Design Competition for Sustainability

Solicitation Open: Sept 23, 2009 – Dec 23, 2009

  • EPA is seeking applications to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society.
  • Applications can address any of these research areas: Agriculture, Materials and Chemicals, Energy Information Technology, Water, & Built Environment.
  • The P3 Award Program is open to degree-granting public & private institutions of higher education located in the U.S.

See the P3 website at: www.epa.gov/P3 for more details about the program & a link to the solicitation.

EPA Libraries’ Roller Coaster Ride

Barbie E. Keiser, a resources management consultant in Washington, D.C., has written a review of the EPA libraries experience of attempting to close several libraries in the wake of a declining budget, but in the face of greater demand. She also writes about recommendations for best practices concerning its “second life”. She says that the website has improved.

The article can be found at www.epa.gov/libraries

One will be able to access the full article soon from Online Information Review, vo. 32(5): 25-29, Sep.-Oct. 2008. “EPA Libraries’ Roller Coaster Ride”