Library Sustainability

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Fondren Library embraces the American Library Association’s value of sustainability, affirming that “(l)ibraries play an important and unique role in promoting community awareness about resilience, climate change and a sustainable future. They are also leading by example by taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint.”

As the library’s Sustainability Plan (written in 2019) explains, Fondren aims to:

  • Promote sustainable approaches to library spaces, including energy efficiency, reduced water usage, and an orientation toward wellness
  • Reduce resource consumption
  • Deepen library support for research and teaching in sustainability
  • Collect and preserve environmentally-focused information and materials, especially those produced by Rice faculty and students
  • Engage with the Rice community to foster a culture of sustainability

Additional information about sustainability at Fondren can be found on the library’s website.