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Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World

Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services

Ed. by Hauke, Petra / Charney, Madeleine / Sahavirta, Harri

Series:IFLA Publications 177

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14. More Than Just a Green Building

Developing Green Strategies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library

Jones, Louise / Wong, Winky


The slogan “Go Green” has been embraced by a range of organisations including businesses and universities in recent decades. Within higher education, academic libraries are key service units in their parent institutions and have an important role to play in supporting their missions. We have seen many academic libraries striving to go green by designing a green library, whether a new build or renovation. However, there are very few academic libraries in the United States that are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. We argue that pursuing a green building may not be the strategic focus for many academic libraries; in taking a more holistic approach to sustainability through practical measures, academic libraries need to formulate and develop wider green strategies beyond a green building. Going green impacts not only our attitudes towards the environment but also changes the way academic libraries serve their users and the community. This paper discusses how the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Library formulates, develops and implements its green strategy as well as how the strategy has gradually reshaped its services. First we consider how the concept of sustainability has affected services provided by academic libraries, as well as why green strategies are a practical and feasible approach. We then use CUHK Library as a case study, siting the development of its green strategies in the context of the university’s approach to sustainability in the wider CUHK community and ultimately the library’s overall strategic plan. The third section describes how the library implements its green strategies in different areas, from the daily operation of library offices and services offered to users to the planning of a library extension and broader sustainability initiatives. Issues of evaluation are discussed and we conclude the paper with future plans.

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Louise Jones, Winky Wong (2018). 14. More Than Just a Green Building: Developing Green Strategies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library. In Petra Hauke, Madeleine Charney, Harri Sahavirta (Eds.), Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World: Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services (pp. 155–172). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110608878-016

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110608878

Online ISBN: 9783110608878

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