I am certainly not someone who is very green – but I do try to do my part. I recycle at home and grow my own herbs and try to shop at the farmers market when possible. The best way I can go green is to not print handouts for the classes I give – and lately I’m giving a lot of classes.
That said, this is a bit of a rant. At a few of my most recent talks I’ve had attendees complain that there were not handouts. I tell them at the beginning of the class that I’m going green and the slides are available online for people to print if they want – but that they can view them online whenever they want – and they still complain!! I don’t know about you, but most of my class handouts go into the recycle bin after I blog about the session – why keep them? I have it all documented and linked here. Librarians (and probably lots of other people – but I mostly see librarian) seem way too wedded to their paper! We need to learn to use some of the new tools available to us instead of wasting paper
Along these lines, there will be no paper handouts or water bottles at the SLA Annual Conference this year in an attempt to go green! They are asking all speakers to upload their slides before the event so that attendees can access them online. This is absolutely awesome!! And I feel for everyone who had to make this decision because they’re going to be bombarded with librarians complaining about not having handouts!