Library Sustainability Initiatives

Borrowing vs. Consuming

Libraries support sustainability in their communities by promoting borrowing instead of consuming and by providing free print and electronic materials to borrow.

The library works to incorporate sustainable practices in new and updated spaces.

Solar Panels

Monitor energy output from the solar installation at the Arthenia L. Joyner University Area Community Library.

Seven additional libraries are scheduled to have solar panels installed.

Energy Produced
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CO2 Emission Saved

Electric Car Charging Stations

Access easy to use electric vehicle charging stations at Bloomingdale Regional Library and Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library. The stations were installed as part of a U.S. Department of Energy grant in 2012.

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Energy Demand for 2018

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Greenhouse Gas Saved

Water Bottle Refill Stations

Stay hydrated, save money and reduce plastic waste by using eco-friendly water bottle filling stations at many libraries.


Plastic Water Bottles Saved

Coworking and Meeting Space

Share resources while working and collaborating in the library’s coworking and meeting spaces.


Meeting Room Uses (FY18)

Sustainable Practices


Paper Reduction

Copy/Print/Scan/Fax Services


Electronic Shred Events

Attend an electronics shredding event held in partnership with Urban E Recycling. Hard drives, cell phones, tablets, and other approved devices are shredded securely and then recycled.

People loading paper into shredder truck at curbside

Cooking Oil Recycling

To support the recycling of cooking oil, the library has partnered with Hillsborough County Public Utilities and the C.O.R.E. program at nine library locations.

Close-up of fryer oil with CORE logo

Educational Classes

Attend a class on recycling or water conservation offered in partnership with Hillsborough County Extension Service and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Rain barrel in garden

Further Reading

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Full text articles on environmental topics including green building, recycling, and renewable energy.

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