[Eril-l] Best of Core at ALA Conference: Championing Net-Zero Energy for your Library

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Best of Core at ALA Conference: Championing Net-Zero Energy for your Library

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11 am Pacific, noon
Mountain, 1 pm Central, and 2 pm Eastern time.


Libraries, as civic institutions, have a responsibility to embody the
values they promote in their communities. A Net-Zero Energy library
building is a way of demonstrating a commitment to long-term
sustainability. This program is structured for an audience of all
experience levels, and will educate attendees on the core principles of
passive building design and Net-Zero Energy.

The program uses a case study framework to articulate the sustainable
strategies used in two Net-Zero Energy public library facilities. One is
the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library, a 45,000 square
foot new construction building serving an urban population in
Massachusetts. The other is the Howard Lake Library, a 6,700 square foot
new construction branch of the Great River Regional Library, replacing a
43-year-old facility in this rural community outside of Minneapolis,

The panel will share insights into the process of exploring, evaluating,
and implementing high performance construction, sharing commonalities and
differences. In addition, the panel will be able to speak to planning and
construction techniques that can be applied to improve the performance of
existing library buildings. Attendees will learn about pre-design planning
strategies for budgeting and the pursuit of supportive funding. But perhaps
most importantly, they will gain tips for engaging with their community and
library stakeholders in a dialogue about the long-term value and benefits
of Net-Zero Energy. Attendees will leave the session better equipped to
advocate for sustainable energy in their own libraries.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this webinar, the attendees will be able to:


   Define Net Zero Energy for buildings.

   Describe the concepts behind facility energy demands, renewable energy
   production, and impact on reduced operating costs.

   Differentiate between the basic principles of passive design that can be
   implemented for existing facilities and new buildings.

   Communicate the benefits of sustainable design and operational
   strategies to stakeholders.

   Evaluate and advocate for sustainable building practices at your own

Who should attend?

Library directors, branch managers, facilities staff, administrative
leaders, architects, and designers


Angela Ward Hyatt is the President of Schwartz/Silver and the leader of the
firm’s practice in Library Design. Over the past three decades, Angela’s
work has been recognized with nine national design awards and over two
dozen regional and local awards. She has presented her work at national
conferences for the ALA, the USGBC, Library Journal, and the Conservation
Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. Angela holds a Bachelor of
Architecture from Iowa State University and a Master of Architecture with
Distinction from Harvard University. Earlier this year, she was elevated to
the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows for her
achievements in library design.

Kelsey Laser gave up on youthful plans to be a lawyer -- a high school
career fair brought her to her senses -- Kelsey brings a lawyerly attention
to detail to all her projects. She joined Schwartz/Silver initially as part
of work-study program at Northeastern University, where she minored in
environmental studies. Since graduating and becoming a licensed architect,
much of Kelsey's work has focused on public building projects with complex
and highly-regulated bidding requirements. Her real passion, however, is
sustainable design, and she serves as the firm's sustainability coordinator
and continuing education liaison.

Susan Morgan has established strong working relationships with clients by
resolving the unique complexities each project and context present. Working
with public library clients across much of the US, Susan has supported
these institutions as they transition from 20th century modalities of
service to 21st century responsive, adaptive, and evolving public resources
for lifelong learners of all ages. Susan is committed to responsive design,
grounded in active dialogue with clients and stakeholders to reflect
specific community needs, and focused outcomes that support service
delivery, relationship-building, and the cultivation of curiosity about
learning. As a teacher for 17 years at the Boston Architectural College,
Susan brings a unique lens to drawing out needs and goals and translating
them into creative solutions.


Registration fees for webinar:  Core Member $57.67; ALA member: $71.10;
Non-member $79.00

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to
the following website:


Core webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording
shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling
1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration at ala.org.

For all other questions or comments related to Core webinars, please
contact Core CE staff at corece at ala.org.

*Posted on behalf of the Core Continuing Education Committee.*


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