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About the Libraries


Donor WallThe University Libraries are dedicated to helping University of Denver students, faculty, staff, and others, to create a community of clean water and air, vibrant ecosystems, locally sourced food, strong economies, and healthy, productive individuals. The University Libraries’ Sustainability Committee promotes sustainability by adopting policies and practices committed to environmental justice, social equity, and economic sustainability, in alignment with the University’s strategic plan, IMPACT 2025, as well as the American Library Association’s Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified Anderson Academic Commons, home to the University’s Main Library, offers features that create an environment of wellness, and supports sustainable practices. The Sustainability Committee develops and implements programs to encourage sustainable behaviors and practices in the library and beyond, including:

  • Tri-bin receptacles for recycling, composting, and landfill
  • Compostable and recyclable cups at the Front Porch Cafe
  • Zero Waste Finals to educate library visitors about sustainability practices
  • Staff Training
  • Special Events (e.g., film screenings and panel discussions about climate change)
  • Participation in the Bridge Community Garden
  • Reusable Totes
  • Book Displays
  • Strategic Collection Development
  • Research and Curricular Support
  • Promotion of Energy Efficient Commuting
  • Waste Audits to determine the diversion rate for recyclable and compostable materialA snapshot of our waste diversion: the results of the AAC waste audits show how much waste was diverted from landfill. These numbers compare how much waste was diverted before and after our team sorted it into the correct bins. Our diversion rates are increasing, and the before and after numbers are getting closer. This means we are developing better habits of using the correct bins to dispose of our waste! In May 2017 we had 59% diversion before the audit, and 72% afterwards. In October 2017 we had 67% before and 79% after. In October 2018 we had 69% before and 75% after.

Research Guides

Librarians at University of Denver Libraries create research guides that support DU courses focusing on environmental and sustainability topics. Some of these are listed below.

Environmental Finance and Economics

Environmental Justice

Environmental Science Resources

You Are What You Eat: A Course in Food Chemistry

Our Dynamic Earth

Global Environmental Governance

Renewable Energy Information Sources

Sustainability Resources - DU & Beyond

DU IMPACT 2025 Strategic Plan
The University’s Strategic Plan, including its vision for a more sustainable campus and region.

DU Divestment Task Force
The Task Force final report and recommendations about fossil fuel divestment.

DU Center for Sustainability
DU’s hub for campus-wide sustainability initiatives.

DU Environmental Sustainability Living & Learning Community
Webpage for the sustainability living and learning student community and their blog.

DU Bridge Community Garden
DU Bridge Community Garden brings together students, staff, faculty, and neighbors to grow food and create community.

ALA Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries
American Library Association statement about the role of libraries in supporting a sustainable future.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
International Affiliation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) overview of how libraries can support the UN’s Sustainable Development goals.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

NASA Global Climate Change
NASA’s central portal for information about climate change, including facts, articles, solutions, and resources.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change and provides policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.