Thursday, January 21, 2010


SustainLane’s Local Action ChallengeTake the Challenge!
8 weeks. 50 Cities. SustainLane’s Local Action Challenge is a way for you to make a difference on the ground level. As global decision-makers prepare to hammer out a new climate treaty at the December 2009 Climate Conference in Copenhagen, the Hopenhagen movement inspires local, on-the-ground action in communities across the US. Grab a camera, and join the movement. Take SustainLane’s Local Action Challenge, and win prizes every week!

Each point you earn is an entry into that week’s drawing for prizes from green business sponsors. Earn points by completing challenges from your city’s list.

Go to to play.

Denver B-Cycle

In spring 2010, Denver will launch a citywide bike sharing program call B-Cycle. To learn more, go to

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bike to Work Day 2009

Yay, ALD is once again participating in Bike to Work Day!

The Arapahoe Library District will participate in Bike to Work Day on June 24, 2009. Bike to Work day represents a grassroots effort by cities, counties, transportation planners, community organizations and others across the state to educate commuters about the benefits of using two wheels to get to work.
Bike to Work Day supports and encourages fun and camaraderie among staff while showing the Library District’s support, along with other government and interest groups, for the State declared day. It is also a fun and healthy event that supports our green efforts. The Library District participated in the event last year (click here for blog posting), with more than 40 staff members taking part.

All Library District employees are encouraged to participate. The event not only includes biking, but also other means of commuting such as walking, carpooling or riding the bus.

There are no entry fees. The Library District will support the event by purchasing ALD customized T-shirts for each participant. Although employees must register by June 2, 2009 in order to assure an order placement for T-shirts, participants can register anytime up to the day of the event. Registration is made online at

Please note these important dates below:
June 2, 2009 - Register to participate in Bike to Work
June 3, 2009 – T-shirt orders will be placed
June 20, 2009 – T-shirt orders received
June 24, 2009 – Bike / Walk / Carpool / Ride the Bus to Work

For more information, please click on the link below to view the Decision Announcement in its entirety.
DA for Bike to Work Day.docx

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day!

Earth Day Fair - April 22
The City and County of Denver invites you to join them at their annual Earth Day Fair in Civic Center Park. This free event will highlight over 30 booths – each highlighting environmental and sustainable products, foods, and resources.
In addition to the Fair they have expanded to include a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle event. Bring us your unwanted clothing, household items, books, and outdoor equipment, and they will make sure that it finds a new “life” and remains out of a landfill.
KBCO will be with them all day broadcasting live with Ginger.

There are other activites going on in the Denver community for Earth Day 2009. There will be the First Annual Denver Earth Day Hunt, with Environ-trivia, Earth Games and Clever Clues, and everyone will walk away with 10 ways in which we can all help to preserve our planet. The Colorado Green Festival is the largest sustainability event in the world of what’s working in our communities—for people, business, and the environment. The City of Denver’s pavilion will feature multiple programs and services, including The Mile High Million tree planting initiative, Denver’s upcoming Bike Sharing Program, and the Neighborhood Weatherization Project. For more information, visit There will also be several community garden projects and tree planting ceremonies. You can find a complete list of events by zip code on the website.


20 Games of Green!

Over the course of 20 games this season, the Colorado Rockies will be enlisting fans and players toward making a positive impact on the environment through the "20 Games of Green" initiative.

The 20 games are split into three "Green Weeks," April 24-29, July 6-12 and September 1-7. Each "Green Week" will feature ticket packages, in-game incentives, fan contests, bike-to-the-game events and more.

They have a calendar of events, but here is a cool one:
"Wood for Wood" - For every Rockies home run hit during these 20 games, we will plant one tree in the Denver area.

Visit their page for more info and the calendar!

Friday, March 20, 2009


From the website:

CarSharing lets you choose to pay the costs of driving ONLY when you want to drive.
CarSharing allows you to choose between alternative modes first, and driving second.
CarSharing saves you money by helping you make this fundamental change in the economics of your car usage.

It’s a pay as you drive system that makes sense and saves cents!

Is CarSharing for Me?

eGo CarShare could be a great match for you if ANY of the following apply to you:
You don’t own a car, but occasionally have the need for one.
You do own a car, but occasionally your household needs another one.
Any of the vehicles your household owns are driven less than 10,000 miles per year.
You need a pick-up truck every now and then. (Did someone say, "Craigslist?")
You would like to have more room in your garage to store your bikes and skis.
You like to bike and walk as much as possible.
You’re committed to reducing your environmental footprint.
You like clean air.
You like clean water.
You like safe streets.
You’re looking for ways to significantly reduce your household expenditures.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Southglenn sustainability

New Southglenn Sustainability!

General carpet
· Carpet tile significantly reduces waste compared to roll goods during installation
· 38% post industrial recycled content
· Low-emitting materials
· 100% cradle to cradle

Work room Carpet
· Carpet tile significantly reduces waste compared to roll goods during installation
· Uses product that would have been recycled or disposed of

Use of wood wall covering VS. Wall paneling
· Made with the highest-grade wood veneer. Arbor Series is a favorite among environmentally-conscious consumers. Efficient veneer slicing processes provide exceptional yields compared to other wood options, reducing the amount of hardwood required for an interior. Several trees are harvested from plantations which are carefully managed to ensure the forest's health.

Ceiling system
· Most of the ceiling is open, saving construction material
· Ceiling tile can be 100% recycled
· Ceiling tile is made up of 35% Pre-consumer recycled content and 4% Post-consumer recycled content

Layout has been designed to preserve the outside view from the majority of the Library

We are reusing existing furniture in the staff area

Lighting and HVAC systems have been designed for maximum efficiency and ease of change.
· Motion sensor light control
· Light harvesting at north wall

On site waste will be recycled.

Long term lease.

Low flow water fixtures