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My place of work…check it out!

I’m seeing more and more listserv discussions, conference presentations, and conferences focused on greening libraries. I wholeheartedly support this direction and look forward to seeing more libraries taking the steps to do so, not only in their day-to-day operations, but in their capital projects.

I’m happy to say that I work for a green organization, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources. Not only do we take a green approach to our operations (and have for many years now), but have had a green office since 1999! We were the first heritage building in Manitoba (and potentially Canada) to have composting toilets (from Clivus Multrum). If you haven’t read about them, you should. They are great and you might be surprised to find out that they aren’t outhouses!

In addition to the composting toilets, our building renovation of 1999 included the following green implementations:

  • Compact fluorescent lighting
  • Straw board millwork from Isobord (unfortunately no longer in business)
  • EcoLogo certified paint
  • Recyclable carpet tile from Interface Flooring
  • Ceramic flooring made with post-consumer glass from TerraGreen Ceramics

Check out our Green Office Renovation website to find out more and see lots of photos.

I’m also happy to report that CIER hopes to do another heritage building green development project. To find out more, visit the CIER website and our Flickr photo tour of the building and our plans.


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