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Launching the Green Manifesto

13:30 - 15:00, 7th July 2022 - Theatre 4 | Presentations and Panels

Arts Council England has awarded £163,000 to CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, to launch the Green Libraries programme, which aims to help libraries address their environmental impact.

CILIP will be supported in delivering the programme by the British Library, public library membership organisation Libraries Connected and environmental charity Julie’s Bicycle. Developed in response to COP26 and the long-term climate commitments made by libraries and local authorities across England, the project aims to reduce the carbon footprint of library assets including physical and digital content, buildings and vehicles, enable libraries to help their users engage with environmental issues, and position libraries at the heart of local environmental programmes.

Starting in February, the programme will explore the different ways that libraries are already tackling environmental issues, and consider how these good practices can be shared more widely, as well as examining how approaches from other sectors could be used to help libraries achieve their environmental goals.

CILIP’s Programmes and Projects Manager, Rabeea Arif, will be joined by Sue Williamson, Arts Council England, Sarah Mears from Libraries Connected and Maja Maricevic from the British Library who will be sharing news from the project so far, as well as their vision for the future.


Sarah Mears

In this section, Sarah will explore the role of public libraries in engaging local communities in environmental issues through information provision and creative activities. She will consider how libraries can collaborate with communities, build partnerships and use their information role to generate debate, showcase innovation and inspire people emotionally as well as intellectually. 

About Chair

Rabeea Arif

Projects and Programmes Manager, CILIP

About Speakers

Claire Buckley

Environment Sustainability Consultant, Julie's Bicycle

Maja Maricevic

Head of Higher Education and Science, British Library

Sarah Mears MBE

Programmes Manager, Libraries Connected

Sue Williamson

Director, Libraries, Arts Council England