Librarianship | July 25, 2017
EBSCO Information Services recently announced the winners of this year’s EBSCO Solar grant, providing support to libraries looking to install solar arrays.
It’s no surprise that the installation of solar arrays is gaining popularity by the minute. Ensuring your building is equipped with solar panels is not only cost-effective for your business, it positively impacts the environment.
At this year’s ALA Conference in Chicago, EBSCO announced the winners of the 2017 EBSCO Solar Grant. Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens, GA, and The Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, IL, took home the prize, each receiving $100,000 grants to install solar arrays. The grant offsets the cost of solar panels and allows these libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures.
Indian Trails Library District’s Executive Director Brian Shepard says: “Through our expanded STEM programming and makerspace initiatives, we hope to educate and inspire residents to explore the lasting benefits that sustainability practices contribute to an informed community."
The libraries have exciting plans to improve the environment, starting with their community. The Athens-Clarke County Library plans to install a “Sunshine Garden” solar garden on its campus. They also plan to partner with local schools to create a STEM solar lab to demonstrate solar energy to children, and host a seminar for adults on retrofitting homes with solar programs.
The Indian Trails Public Library is looking forward to starting a Giving Garden for children to learn about sustainable farming practices. Along with the solar array, the library is planning programs that will include lectures and an exhibit from the Illinois Solar Energy Association, children’s workshops such as UV Energy with UV Beads; Solar Oven Building, a community-wide sustainability fair focused on educating families on how to reduce their carbon footprint; and a career fair in sustainable technologies.
Athens Regional Library System Executive Director Valerie Bell says, “We can’t wait to install our Sunshine Garden! Not only will it offset utility costs, but it will be a very visible, and beautiful, reminder about energy conservation to all.”
Stay tuned for updates on these projects and visit EBSCO Solar for more information on the grant.
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