Sustainability

26
Sep14

Interested in Green Design? Check out BuildingGreen Suite!

Posted by: Rebecca Bailey

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To support Northeastern University’s emphasis on sustainability and green design, the library subscribes to BuildingGreen Suite, a collection of authoritative media and information resources relating to these topics.

The three main features of its collection are:

  • Articles from Environmental Building News
  • A searchable directory of green products
  • Case studies on individual buildings from their High Performance Buildings database.

The Environmental Building News articles include longer feature articles that deal with topics in depth, product reviews, and shorter topic overviews called “BackPage Primers.” These can be very helpful if you’re not that familiar with subject matter required for your project or assignment. For example, you could brush up on induction lighting, OLEDs, and other lighting technologies, or on acoustics and managing sound and noise within a building.

The green products directory allows you to search by the name of a specific product, or by categories of products such as Plumbing, Concrete, or Wood and Plastics. You can find out details about what a product is made of or contains, when it might be used, and why it might not be right to use in certain situations.

The case studies allow you to search for a specific building, or by location of the project or the type of building. For example, you can search for K-12 schools, or retail stores. Or you can look for projects in Massachusetts. The buildings featured in this section “may be certified green projects, or simply projects that have one or more notable environmental features.”

Be sure to check out BuildingGreen Suite if you are working on any project with a focus on green design or sustainable building practices!

Posted in: Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Research Online, Sustainability

16
Feb12

Just Scan It!

Posted by: Samantha Wasserman

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If you are in Snell Library and are frantically looking for a photocopier, stop your searching. Why? Because the library is photocopier free! Yes, that’s right– the old copy machines in the Library were replaced with environmentally-friendly scanners last year.Located on floors 1-4 of the Library, these easy-to-use scanners are a green alternative to copy machines. They help save trees and reduce paper-use by allowing students to save the scanned image to their email, USB flash drive, or Google Docs account, instead of printing out unnecessary and wasteful hard copies of documents. If you still need a paper copy of the scanned document,  it can be emailed and then printed out using the printers at the Library.

And the best part? The scanners are absolutely free! Now you don’t have to suffer from a guilt trip every time you want a copy of something– just go green and use the scanning stations instead! If you haven’t yet, use one of the scanning stations today, and feel good about making copies!

Posted in: Library News and Events, Sustainability

13
Sep11

“Scanner Scouts” are in the building

Posted by: Samantha Wasserman

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To celebrate the new school year and the new scanning stations, students from the Library Marketing & Advancement office and members of the SGA have teamed up as “Scanner Scouts.” Scouts will roam the floors of the Library looking for students using the new scanners. Students seen using the scanning machines will be offered a free Northeastern USB drive (like the one pictured below) and get their picture taken and uploaded to the library’s social media sites. So don’t miss out on this awesome promotion! It’s only going on this week, so hurry over to the library and get caught using a scanner!

More about the scanning stations:
Located on floors 1-4 of the Library, these environmentally-friendly scanners are a green alternative to our old copy machines. They help save trees and reduce paper-use by allowing students to save the scanned image to their NU email, USB flash drive, or Google Docs account. If you still need a paper copy of the scanned document, they can print it out using the printers at the library. And the best part? The scanners are absolutely free! So go green and try one of the scanning stations today!

Posted in: Information and Society, Library News and Events, Serendipity, Sustainability

12
Aug11

Scanning Stations Now Stand Alone

Posted by: thomas urell

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So long, photocopiers!

A quick photocopy-ing update: The old Conway-brand stand-alone photocopiers are gone!*  Now the new scanning stations can take center stage. Please let us know at the Circulation desk on the first floor if you need any help getting going, but the scanners are easy to use, and free!

*(On the third and fourth floor, there will still be one machine each that can accept ONLY your remaining “Conway Card” value through the fall term, but otherwise we’re moving completely to the paperless new scanners.)

Posted in: Library News and Events, Sustainability

27
May11

New Scanning Stations at Snell

Posted by: Jessie Contour

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Coming Soon!

Posted in: Library News and Events, Serendipity, Sustainability