Green Initiatives

Running an environmentally friendly library is a top priority for Burlington Public Library. We strive to continuously improve our 'green' business practices and introduce initiatives that result in energy, waste, and consumable savings, whenever feasible.

Maintenance Supplies & Practices

  • Washable cloths have replaced paper towels for cleaning, effectively reducing the amount of paper waste. The cloths are laundered onsite using High-Efficiency appliances.
  • EcoLogo-certified cleaning agents are used instead of corrosive products.
  • Utilize automated building controls to optimize heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC) resulting in energy savings
    • Upgraded in Aug 2021 at Central branch with occupancy sensors to switch on/off lighting and reduce HVAC fan speeds.

LED Retrofit

  • Lighting in the Great Hall in Central branch was retrofitted in May 2019.
  • New Appleby branch lighting was retrofitted in 2018, and monies budgeted for LED retrofits in Central's 2nd floor Great Hall and Children's Area in 2019.
  • Tansley Woods branch lighting was retrofitted in 2017.

Battery Recycling Depot

  • Local residents can discard their used household batteries at any library branch location, where industry-approved buckets for the safe collection and disposal of batteries are provided.

Recycling & Composting Bins

  • All branches have green and blue bins for the collection of compostable and recyclable waste in all public and staff areas.

Public Education

  • The Library furthers environmental awareness in the community through innovative projects such as BPL Grows Seed Library.
  • Free environment-related programs are offered from time to time, often in partnership with local organizations and committees.

Warren's Waterless Printing Inc.

Vert 2 Go products by Sani Marc Group

BPL Grows Seed Library

City of Burlington Sustainable Development Advisory Committee