IFLA’s Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) is pleased to announce the winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2016.

The IFLA Green Library Award was established 2016 by ENSULIB (SIG) and generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing. The award is 500 Euros for the first place winner.

Objectives of the IFLA Green Library Award are:

  • to reward the best Green Library submission that communicates the library’s commitment to environmental sustainability;
  • to create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education.

  The top three submissions are:

1st Place: El Pequeño Sol ecological library (The Little Sun Ecological Library), Germinalia A.C., San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, which was found to be “a project where sustainability was in the soul of the project from the first starting of the idea until to the new library”

2nd Place: City of Cockburn, Australia, which was characterized as an “excellent green building with sustainable projects”

3rd Place: La Tierra para quien la siembra (The Land is for those who sow), Colombia, which was found to be “Good working for sustainability with the community!”

The awards will be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, Session 140, Special Presentation of Awards Session, held on Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016, 12:45–13:45, Expo Pavilion / Tech Lab.

The winners of the IFLA Green Library Award 2016 were selected by the ENSULIB reviewing committee of 15 librarians from different countries and continents. It was encouraging there were 30 submissions for the Award in this first year. These came from all around the world including Colombia, Germany, Australia, the USA, India, Ghana and Taiwan, to name a few. The reviewing committee found the evaluation challenging due to the high quality of submissions. The reviewing committee also noted submissions were diverse, with green buildings, green services, green information and other aspects of sustainability all represented.

See the full details in the Press release [English – PDF].