Foreward: In the busy world of Millvale and the Millvale Library, we tend to get carried away in all the exciting things happening around us. The Green Workplace Challenge (soon to be the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge) is a wonderful and easy way for us to document and track organizational sustainability efforts so that we can keep our focus. This year, the Millvale Community Library, Tupelo Honey Teas, and Rolling Pepperoni, all participated in the Challenge to see how our efforts stack up against like-minded organizations around the region. Below is a blog written by Millvale Library Sustainability Intern, Kelli Williams,… Read More »
Do you like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games? How about classics like 1984 or Gone With the Wind? At one point these books and hundreds of others were challenged or banned across the country. Through the diligence of libraries, schools, bookstores, and citizens like you, these works remain on the shelves to be read by all. This week we celebrate Banned Books Week and the freedom to read any book, no matter how unorthodox or unpopular its ideas may be. Banned Books Week has a theme each year, and 2017 is dedicated to the First Amendment, which guarantees our… Read More »
As Millvale changes, we always want to make sure that it happens in a way that community members want. One voice we can’t forget to leave out in the growth of our EcoDistrict is that of our youth. This fall, the Carnegie School of Architecture will be offering an 8 week program called the Saturday Sequence for 8 Millvale youth (4 middle school and 4 high school). Best of all, this program is FREE for Millvale students! “Since 1991, the Saturday Sequence has taught elementary, middle, and high school students the indispensable components of an architecture education. Each year,… Read More »
For far too long, sustainability has been painted with the broad brushstrokes of environmentalism associated with the plight of wildlife thousands of miles away. While we love and respect nature in all of its forms, when we discuss sustainability through our EcoDistrict Pivot Plan, our core focus is the smart, strategic, sustainable growth of the entire community. The Millvale Library strives to create programs, projects, and ideas that have co-benefits. It is our belief that what is truly environmentally sustainable is good for people, and what is good for people has to be good for the environment. A core… Read More »
MCL agrees with the leaders of Shell, Exxon Mobil, & Morgan Stanley: Climate Change is real and we need to do something about it!
Let’s get one thing out of the way – climate change is real, and there is overwhelming scientific evidence proving that the climate change we are experiencing today is strongly influenced by our industrial practices over the past 150 years. Don’t take it from me, take it from the organization that took humans to the moon, NASA. Climate Change Basics: Carbon Dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and other greenhouse gases created by fossil fuels like oil and coal are really good at trapping heat in our atmosphere. A lot of it occurs naturally, and is one of the reasons life can exist on… Read More »