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Going Green at NPL


Environmental Policy Statement

The Northbrook Public Library believes that the natural environment is a key asset to our community, now and for future generations. We are committed to minimizing adverse effects of library activities on the environment, and to leading the community in sustainable practices.

The library will implement practices that promote the health of employees, patrons, and the environment. To support this goal the library will do the following:

  • Operations. We will integrate environmental considerations into the operating the library, including procurement of office, cleaning, and catering supplies. We will prefer vendors and products that offer non-toxic, recycled, and recyclable content.
  • Facilities. We will use natural resources, including electricity, gas, and water, as efficiently as possible. We will aim to reduce our usage of water and energy. We will upgrade to more efficient water and energy systems where feasible as technology advances.
  • Waste. We will minimize waste by choosing recycled and recyclable products, and products with minimal packaging, wherever possible, and by promoting recycling in the library among staff, patrons, and suppliers.
  • Education. We will communicate our commitment to environmental quality to our staff, vendors, and patrons. We will encourage employee participation in environmentally sensitive practices, and support innovative strategies to reduce the library‚Äôs footprint.
  • Continuous improvement. We will seek opportunities to improve our environmental performance.

Board approved 4/12/2012

Green Events


Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

Pollak Room B

All ages. You want to compost, but you're not sure where to start. Let horticulturist Sharon Yiesla, owner of Sharon Yiesla, Horticultural Services, show you how to compost in your own backyard.

Earth Friendly Yards

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 7:00pm

Pollak Room AB

Learn how neighborhood garden pathways help native birds and butterflies survive, plus ways to maintain your own earth friendly yard. Meredith Tucker from Barrington-based Citizens for Conservation illustrates her talk with beautiful photos of home landscapes.

DIY Safe Cleaning Products

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 7:00pm

Pollak Room B

Make your own non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products. Supplies will be provided and you will leave with a home-made cleaning solution.