Running an environmentally-friendly library is a top priority for Burlington Public Library. We strive to continuously improve our 'green' business practices and introduce initiatives that result in energy, waste, and consumable savings, whenever feasible.
- BPL Guide, the library's quarterly program publication, switched to a BullfrogPowered printing company in early 2018, whose power comes from a green energy retailer that reduces emissions footprint and supports the growth of renewable energy in Canada.
- The printer is a recognized leader by Ontario’s Environmental Leaders and is:
- ISO-14001 certified, an international standard that identifies how a company can use an effective environmental management system to reduce their negative affect on the environment.
- Carbonzero certified, which recognizes businesses that have measured and offset the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from their operations.
- The Guide is printed on paper that has already been used once and 100% recyclable.
- The paper is FSC certified—meaning the paper and wood are sourced in an environmentally-friendly/socially responsible manner.
Maintenance Supplies & Practices
- Washable cloths have replaced paper towels for cleaning, effectively reducing the amount of paper waste. The cloths are laundered onsite using High-Efficiency appliances.
- EcoLogo-certified cleaning agents are used instead of corrosive products.
- Utilize automated building controls to optimize heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems resulting in energy savings.
- Lighting in The Great Hall in Central branch was retrofitted in May 2019.
- New Appleby branch lighting was retrofitted in 2018, and monies budgeted for LED retrofits in Central's 2nd floor Great Hall and Children's Area in 2019.
- Tansley Woods branch lighting was retrofitted in 2017.
Battery Recycling Depot
- Local residents can discard their used household batteries at any library branch location, where industry-approved buckets for the safe collection and disposal of batteries are provided.
Recycling & Composting Bins
- All branches have green and blue bins for the collection of compostable and recyclable waste in all public and staff areas..
- The Library furthers environmental awareness in the community through innovative projects such as the Aquaponic Garden @Central—the first year-round food-producing aquaponics garden in a Canadian library—and BPL Grows Seed Library, now in its 5th year of free seed sharing.
- Throughout the year, free environment-related programs are offered, often in partnership with local organizations and committees.