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.
The project will take place at 19 libraries to enhance the beauty and safety of the outdoor environments.
Project Start Dates
|October 28||Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library|
|November 4||Lutz Branch Library
Ruskin Branch Library
|November 11||Thonotosassa Branch Library|
|November 25||North Tampa Branch Library|
- Addition of Florida-native and/or drought-tolerant plants
- Addition of shade trees
- Upgrade of irrigation systems to “smart” systems that will sense when and how much watering is needed
Phase 2 & Phase 3 Libraries (January – June, 2020)
- Austin Davis Public Library
- Bloomingdale Regional Public Library
- Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
- Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library
- New Tampa Regional Library
- Port Tampa City Library
- Seminole Heights Branch
- SouthShore Regional Library
- Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library
- West Tampa Branch Library
Phase 4 Libraries (June – September, 2020)
- Brandon Regional Library
- Charles J. Fendig Public Library
- Seffner Mango Branch Library
- 78th Street Community Library
Lighting Upgrade Project
All library lighting systems are in process of being upgraded to LED systems to benefit the environment.
Annual Environmental Impact of Lighting Upgrade for One Building
Changing your lights can benefit the environment!
Coal burning avoided
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission reduction
Equivalent acres of forest added
Equivalent # cars removed from road
Atmospheric mercury contamination avoided
Nitrogen oxide (NO, NO2) reduction
Monitor energy output from the solar installations. The Arthenia L. Joyner University Area Community Library was the first library installed with solar panels in 2018.
Six additional locations had solar panels installed in May 2020.
- MWh This Month
- MWh Year to Date
- MWh Lifetime
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.Learn about ChargePoint
Energy Demand for 2018
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 (FY19)
- Take advantage of copy, print, scan, and fax services at all locations.
- The library buys toner in recyclable cartridges and properly disposes them.
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.
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.
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.