Green Initiatives

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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.

Examples of Our Green Initiatives

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's Seed Library
  • Free environment-related programs are offered from time to time, often in partnership with local organizations and committees.

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