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I am rather happy to be involved in this initiative at SLA. We’re also going greener at the conference and headquarters. Getting better every year at saving more than trees.
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SLA Announces Citation to Honor “Knowledge to Go Green” Champions
President Abram Seeks to Reward SLA Members and Units that Embody
Environmentally Sound Principles in Day-to-Day Work
Alexandria, Virginia, 22 April, Earth Day, 2008 – In recognition of Earth Day, Special Libraries Association (SLA) President Stephen Abram today announced that he is accepting nominations for a special Presidential Citation honoring SLA “Knowledge to Go Green” Champions. Recipients will be announced at the SLA Leadership Summit in January 2009 to mark the inaugural year of SLA’s Knowledge to Go Green initiative.
Abram will accept nominations from individual SLA members as well as SLA Units (chapters, divisions, caucuses, committees and councils) that have implemented green policies, or made significant changes to the manner in which business is conducted, with an eye toward reducing the impact on the environment.
The deadline to apply or nominate for the Green Champion presidential citation is 15 November 2008.
“The SLA Knowledge to Go Green initiative at the association level is a first step, but in order to make a bigger difference we need to truly embrace and apply a green philosophy at the chapter, division and personal level. The implementation of greener practices is unbelievably important for the future of the planet, but also for the profession and the association,” said Abram. “Making an impact with this initiative requires innovation, dedication, and willingness to change from each and every one of us. I created this citation because I want to reward those members and leaders who embody the Knowledge to Go Green mentality and have put a priority on greening the way they work, live, learn, and play. We all have it in us to change and become Green Champions, and I seek to recognize those inspirational early adapters already making a difference,” said Abram.
Abram is asking for nominations in two categories for the Knowledge to Go Green Champion Citation:
SLA Members: Green Champion citations will be awarded to individual(s) that have applied green principles and made changes to the way they do their work on a day to day basis. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the introduction of new green policies, education programs or major changes within their library or at their place of employment.
SLA Units: Green Champion citations will be awarded to SLA Unit(s) that have applied green principles to the manner in which SLA events and programs are conducted. Applicants should be able to demonstrate considerable changes to the way in which SLA meetings, communications, promotions or annual conference programs are conducted at the chapter, division, or caucus level.
In January 2008 the SLA Board of Directors implemented a new policy for the nomination and awarding of SLA Presidential Citations. In past years the presidential citations followed the same schedule as other association level-awards, with a brief nomination cycle at the end of the calendar year. The new policy allows the president to accept nominations and reward exceptional service to the association year-round. Citations are granted at the pleasure of the current SLA president for whatever reason they deem worthy of recognition. The Green Champion Citation is a special category created by Abram in recognition of the association’s commitment to green practices through the Knowledge to Go Green initiative.
Members can submit nominations for the presidential citations, including the Green Champion Citation, via the form found on the SLA Web site awards page here:
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Posted on: April 22, 2008, 4:01 pm Category: SLA Communications

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