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.
- 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.
- The Library furthers environmental awareness in the community through innovative projects such as BPL Grows Seed Library (temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19).
- Free environment-related programs are offered from time to time, often in partnership with local organizations and committees.