Sustainability at Fondren Library


Fondren Library embraces the American Library Association’s value of sustainability, affirming that “(l)ibraries play an important and unique role in promoting community awareness about resilience, climate change and a sustainable future. They are also leading by example by taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint.”

We are grateful to the American Library Association's Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change program for its support.

As the library’s Sustainability Plan (written in 2019) explains, Fondren aims to:

  • Promote sustainable approaches to library spaces, including energy efficiency, reduced water usage, and an orientation toward wellness

  • Reduce resource consumption

  • Deepen library support for research and teaching in sustainability

  • Collect and preserve environmentally-focused information and materials, especially those produced by Rice faculty and students

  • Engage with the Rice community to foster a culture of sustainability

Fondren’s sustainability plan was developed by Fondren Fellows Ashley Fitzpatrick and Svetlana Borodina, who were mentored by Lisa Spiro.

Fondren Library is a Communities Respond to Extreme Weather (CREW) Climate Resilience Hub.

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    Green Team

    Fondren’s Green Team helps the library pursue practices that are environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable. Members of the team include:

    • Hong-Ye Wang, Fondren eco-rep

    • Joe Goetz, Reference

    • Norie Guthrie, Woodson Research Center

    • Shannon Kipphut-Smith, Digital Scholarship Services

    • Julia Kress, Acquisitions

    • Lisa Spiro (chair), Digital Scholarship Services

    • Amanda Thomas, User Experience Office


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