In February, 2023 Curtis Memorial Library became the first “Certified Sustainable Library” outside of New York State, through the Sustainable Library Initiative. From the February 22 press release: Curtis Memorial Library is among a growing number of libraries nationwide that are participating in the Sustainable Library Certification Program, the first of its kind in the world. This benchmarking program was developed to assist libraries of all kinds – public, academic, and individual school librarians – to create opportunities to make better choices on behalf of the local and global community.
Curtis Library updated its strategic plan in 2020. One of the key elements of that plan is for the Library to focus on promoting sustainability as part of its core mission. This position mirrors that of the American Library Association’s definition of sustainability as a core value of librarianship nationally:
In adopting sustainability as a core value of librarianship, the ALA recognizes the findings in the latest report of the United National Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report, written and edited by 91 scientists from 40 countries who analyzed more than 6,000 scientific studies, found that the immediate consequences of climate change are far more dire than originally predicted, calling for a transformation of the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.”