Sustainability Partnerships at Madison Public Library
Central Library Green Tour
The new Central Library went through a rigorous planning process which included extensive reuse of building materials, a complete upgrade and redesign through improvements to the heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) systems in the library, and inclusion of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) design standards aimed at achieving Gold certification, the second highest ranking for sustainable buildings. Read more about the planning for the new Central Library.
The final building incorporates natural and energy efficient lighting, efficiencies in heating, cooling and wastewater management, recycled and locally sourced materials, a green roof, solar energy, and even recycled art! Learn about the sustainable design of the new Central Library.
Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) has partnered extensively with the Library to provide their customers with energy efficiency information. See their library partnership web site, rent a Portable Energy Meter, or browse brochures on energy use at the library or online. In 2008, MG&E made a major financial contribution through the City of Madison for demonstration of energy-efficiency technology at the Sequoya Library.
Our most recent collaboration is the Greening Our World list of books and videos donated to Madison Public Library by MGE.
Eco-Reading: Selected Books for Children and Teens about Our Earth and the Environment. Compiled by Tessa Michaelson and Megan Schliesman of the Cooperative Children's Book Center in Madison, WI. 2008.
Sustainability Resources on the City of Madison's web site
Sign up to learn of new Science, Nature, & Environment books at Madison Public Library
Learn about Pinney's Sustainable Living Collection.
Videos from MG&E's New Green Challenge
Victor Castro, aka TetraPAKMAN, discussing his Meadowridge Art Project
George Dreckmann discussing changes to the City of Madison recycling program