Tag Archives: green living

Swarm and destroy

Came across this site today- love it! Moped Army . My family is experiencing a small swarming trend initiated by my young spunky sister and her manly-man, but it involves Vespas and Flys. The difference between a moped and a scooter? A moped looks like something I could afford to buy and possibly afford to leave by the side of the road “if” (i.e., when) it breaks down (collective green gasp). But I digress. I really would like to find a better way to commute than the Subaru, and I too want to swarm and destroy! But could I really survive downtown Salem and Lancaster on one of these little scooters or mopeds? I’ll spare you the details, but I’ve already been hit 7 times in Salem traffic, 6 of those times I was stopped in traffic or waiting at a red light…so there’s a case for driving within a large steel frame. And of course driving the kids…

Speaking of green living (were we?), I’ll try to attend ACRL’s Free OnPoint Chat: Green Libraries (depends on our instruction schedule, we have classes that day). The chat is Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 10 a.m. Pacific and intent is to discuss and share ideas about green libraries and campuses.

Info from the listserv announcement

Mary Carr, Dean Instructional Services, Spokane Community College Dr.
Debra Rowe, President of the US Partnership for a Sustainable Future

From a library/librarians’ perspective, how are our library resources when it comes to sustainability?  Are we supporting the college’s curricular efforts?  What about the “greening” of the library and the campus?  Can we practice sustainability?  Can we promote it by speakers, presentations, etc.?  What can we do within our library associations, and other professional groups?

This OnPoint Chat session will engage colleagues in discussing the following questions:

1) The whats, whys and wherefores of sustainability?

2) What is happening on our campuses and in our communities regarding sustainability?

3) How can we support what is happening and how can we contribute to “moving the needle?

Suggested background readings:

*  Inside Higher Ed blog “getting to green”


*  Do Colleges Need Green Czars?” Inside HigherEd. April 15, 2008.


*  Greening your library blog http://greeningyourlibrary.wordpress.com/