My name is Phil Segall and I work for an academic library service in leafy Kingston-upon-Thames, south-west London. This will be my third Cycling for Libraries and one of the things I really like about the whole idea of the tour is that it promotes a more sustainable way of life. This is also something I keenly advocate for in my work and I am lucky enough to be able to regularly get involved in ecological projects at the university; from chopping down invasive rhododendrons (hence the photo!) to bee-keeping and eel monitoring!
Part of my role also involves me looking at ways in which the library service I work for can reduce its environmental impact. Examples include promoting the reuse of books withdrawn from our stock, reducing printing volumes and cutting down on energy usage within our four libraries. My department participates in a national annual environmental accreditation project called the Green Impact scheme (http://www.green-impact.org.uk/) here in the UK and our team recently went and bagged a whole raft of awards for our efforts!
I am interested in how we, as librarians, information professionals (…or whatever, for that matter!) can contribute to the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgsproposal) and am also keen to hear from others who would be willing to share their experiences of implementing sustainable working practices. Can’t believe Cycling for Libraries 2015 is just around the corner now!