Thursday, June 16, 2011

Library Services wins the college's Environment Week Challenge!

From June 5th to 11th, various departments in Medicine Hat College participated in the Environment Week Challenge. This event prompted departments and staff to reflect on how they interact with the environment as groups and as individuals.

Part of the challenge entailed staff members in each department scoring themselves in various categories about the degrees to which they practice environmental conservation. Personal scores were totaled as a department and then divided by the number of participants in each department, producing an average score.

Library Services proudly took top honours for this year’s challenge! In recognition of our win, we were awarded a certificate of achievement from the college’s Environment Committee and the honour of displaying Kermit the Frog in our service area.

Pictured (l-r): K. Walker, B. Banasch, J. Malinsky, A. Baxter (with Kermit), J. MacDonald, G. Rose, J. Clarke, L. Cunningham, R. Smith, H. Lewis-Futrell
Individual honours were also won by Vera Bracken Library staff members! Darlene Graham and Gloria Rose tied for the top personal scores. Each received a $20 gift card to the Windmill Garden Centre.

As a department, Library Services has been very conscious of environmental concerns. We recycle as many consumables as possible, which includes batteries, cardboard/paper, electronic equipment, glass, and plastics. Library Services has also added more than 15,000 e-books to its collection in the past couple years and also employs Kobo e-readers for many popular titles, which means less paper being used and more space for our patrons.

Library Services was not without stiff competition from the other departments though, so congratulations to all the participants and we look forward to next year’s event. In the end, we all know that the environment is the real winner!

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