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The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the Way--eEditions e-book
Mary M. Carr and Steven L. Carr for ACRL & LLAMA
Item Number: 8400-6646
Publisher: ACRL & LLAMA
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251 pages
Year Published: 2013

The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the Way, written by Mary M. Carr and Steven L. Carr, United States Green Building Council (USGBC) trained and certified accredited LEED- AP professionals and librarians, introduces librarians and design professionals to the information, standards and tools necessary to construct or renovate a library in accordance with the USGBC’s LEED requirements and process.

A core principle of libraries is to be a presence in the communities they serve. That presence takes many forms, from historical images of a librarian riding the circuit on horseback, to a bookmobile, to the physical space of a library building. Today’s libraries use technology to extend the reach of resources and services. These sorts of changes, along with economic concerns, have necessitated a fresh look at physical library buildings, including making them more environmentally sound.

The goal of The Greening of America’s Libraries is to provide the information, tools and confidence a non-building or design professional needs to construct or renovate library spaces with an eye towards sustainability. Carr and Carr provide readers with point by point explanations of LEED requirements in all relevant categories along with examples of existing library building projects that illustrate specific LEED requirements. The handbook is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in library renovation projects along with the construction or lease of new library spaces.

This book is co-published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA).
Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1 What Does “Green” Mean?
CHAPTER 2 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)
CHAPTER 3 LEED® for New Construction and Major Renovations: Category by Category, Point by Point
CHAPTER 4 LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations and  Maintenance: Category by Category, Point by Poi
CHAPTER 5 LEED® for Commercial Interiors: Category by Category, Point by Point
CHAPTER 6 Green Information Technology (IT)
CHAPTER 7 Stakeholder Involvement: Service Design and  Planning—Requisites to LEED® and Green Buildin
CHAPTER 8 Anticipation: LEED® v4


About the Authors

Mary M. Carr is the executive director of CCS Library Services, Community Colleges of Spokane, in Spokane, Washington. A nationally certified Sustainable Building Advisor, a LEED AP, and a Certified Green Professional of the National Association of Home Builders, she has been involved in various aspects of sustainability. She worked locally on the former Spokane Mayor’s Task Force on Sustainability and served as treasurer of the local Main Market Co-op natural food store. She has been a leader in promoting sustainability through the humanities by leading Spokane Community College’s Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities’ three-year study of sustainability. She also served as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the American Association of Community Colleges Sustainability Task Force. She has served for the last two years as as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Special Programs Working Group. She co-taught the Sustainable Building Advisory course of study during the 2011-2012 academic year. In addition to her green building credentials, Mary is in her second term on the ACRL/LLAMA Interdivisional Committee on Building Resources. She is also a certified Lean Technician.

While Steven L. Carr was serving on the ALA/IIDA Interior Design Award Committee of ALA’s Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) Building and Equipment Section, the idea for this book was born. (The first LEED AP librarian in the U.S., Anne Larsen, served on this committee; Steve was the second librarian in the U.S. so accredited.) Committee chair Dalia Corkrum was flying home to the state of Washington after an ALA conference, and she happened to meet her long-time colleague Mary Carr on the flight. When asked what she was up to, Carr replied that she was working on green buildings. Corkrum asked if Mary if she knew Steve Carr. Thus our harmonious and serendipitous collaboration—Carr2 as we refer to it—was formed!

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