Earth Day is celebrated across the globe on April 22. In celebration of this important day, there are many ways libraries can inspire citizens to make changes in their lifestyles and habits to lessen their environmental footprints. EBSCO offers a variety of products, programs and partnerships to help libraries that are interested in educating their audiences about the environment or furthering a commitment to “going green.”

Apply for an EBSCO Solar Grant by April 29th

EBSCO Solar is an EBSCO-sponsored grant program, providing a total of $300,000 to pay for solar installations. As part of EBSCO’s continuing partnership with libraries across the world, we want to make it easier for libraries to fund solar projects and do their part to help the environment. Applications are due by April 29, 2022. Go to www.ebsco.com/solar for more information and to sign up for an account to submit your application.

Free Research Database Covering all Aspects of Human Impact to the Environment

For libraries looking to increase their amount of scholarly content about global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more, the free research database GreenFile is a great solution. It includes indexing and abstracts for more than 1,100,000 records with open access to full text for more than 15,800 records. Researchers can access GreenFILE at www.greeninfoonline.com and EBSCO customers can add the database to their profile by visiting EBSCO Connect. Also available is Environment Complete, a full-text database for environmental studies, providing hundreds of leading journals covering ecosystem ecology, energy, environmental policy, sustainability and other related subjects.

Promote the Use of Digital Resources and Connect Readers to Available Content

The global health crisis has made your library’s digital collection an invaluable asset to your community. Take this opportunity to promote e-books, audiobooks and digital magazines that educate readers about important issues such as climate change, vanishing species, overflowing landfills, air pollution, rain forest, water pollution, energy depletion and more. EBSCO publishing partners such as Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House and Dorling Kindersley offer thousands of digital reading options as well as free posters, guides and promotional tools to help your library get the right resources in front of the right audience. Here are a few lists and resources to check out:

Simon & Schuster:

Penguin Random House:

Dorling Kindersley (A Division of Penguin Random House)

EBSCO:

Looking to acquire more digital content? EBSCO offers more than 2,400,000 e-books from thousands of publishers, including 300,000+ DRM-free titles. We also offer libraries access to more than 1,300 digital magazines via Flipster.

Resources to Support School Curriculum

Libraries subscribing to Science Reference Center have access to high-quality reference books and magazines that can support classroom activities and assignments related to Earth Day. Students can look for relevant articles by typing “SU Earth Day” in the search box or simply browsing topics by category. The Earth Sciences category links directly to results on climate, endangered species, global warming, forests, oceans, pollution and many other topics. Search results include articles from magazines such as Discovery, Astronomy, Scholastic News, New Scientist,  Mother Earth News, Earth Island Journal and more. Educators can use the Lexile Reading Level filter on the Advanced Search screen to find age-appropriate articles, as well as lesson plans on environmental issues and science experiments to conduct in class or at home. The database also includes infographics for more than 60 U.S. National Parks and thousands of stunning images of nature and wildlife.

For students crafting Earth Day-themed persuasive essays and speeches, Points of View Reference Center offers overview, point and counterpoint articles for nearly 40 topics related to earth and the environment as well as energy and conservation. Each topic also includes a Guide to Critical Analysis which helps students evaluate the controversy and enhances their ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues, and write or debate an effective argument on the topic. This Recipe for Research guides students through the process of acquiring and organizing information in preparation for writing a paper.

Leading by Example

EBSCO is proud to be a “green” company, making decisions designed to reduce our environmental footprint including three separate photovoltaic solar arrays on three buildings at our Ipswich, Massachusetts campus. These arrays offset the amount of brown power we use. EBSCO also added the first commercial-grade charging stations for electric cars in the town of Ipswich. We now have four charging stations and more employees than ever have opted to purchase plug-in electric vehicles since we have made it so easy to get a charge at work. Some smaller efforts that are paying off include: motion/sound sensors, LED lighting, vendor-misers that turn on a vending machine when you approach it, a strong recycling program, composting for cafeteria waste and a dedication to using 100 percent recycled paper wherever possible.

Download, print and hang the poster in your library to celebrate Earth Day