First Carbon Positive Library in U.S.

Here is a milestone for library architecture, which reflects our society’s current social values. There has been a huge push in recent years to become carbon neutral.  Many new building designs are moving in this direction, and there are numerous buildings that are carbon neutral, but this is a first for libraries.

With the downturn of the world’s economy, many new building or remodeling projects have had to cut back on their original eco-friendly designs (which tends to run be more expensive).  So this first carbon neutral library is truly breaking ground on many levels.

Anythink Brighton becomes the first U.S. library to become carbon neutral.

AnythinkTM continues to set the standard for future libraries with its innovative approaches to customer service, programs and corporate culture. Now the library system and its partners have broken new boundaries as Anythink Brighton becomes the first carbon-positive library in the U.S. The combination of the library’s 108kW photovoltaic system, geothermal heating and cooling, sustainable building features, the purchase of carbon credits and the collaborative spirit of the project, Anythink Brighton is now giving energy back to the grid. Total energy savings for the district will be upwards of $30,000 per year.

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on December 10, 2009, in Library Architecture and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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