EVERYDAY IS EARTH DAY AT ARAPAHOE LIBRARIES
COLORADO GREEN BUSINESS NETWORK
Arapahoe Libraries is a certified Silver Level Member of the Colorado Green Business Network, opens a new window, a voluntary program that encourages, supports, and rewards organizations that make the move toward the goal of true, operational sustainability. Learn more about this newly-formed program in a 2022 press release on how Colorado recognizes state businesses for commitment to sustainability, opens a new window.
Arapahoe Libraries is committing to meeting milestones each year and to keep improving our environmental impact by looking for new and innovated ways to save energy, educate others on the benefits of going green, and by implementing practices that create safe and healthy spaces.
Did you know? In 2013, Eloise May Library was awarded with the local and regional Outstanding Building of the Year Award (government building category) by the Denver Chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association.
LOVE MY AIR
Arapahoe Libraries is working with Tri-County Health to host air quality sensors at Sheridan, May and Smoky Hill libraries as part of the Love My Air program.
Air quality standards have been raised in all libraries. Outdoor air intake has increased and upgraded air filtration systems reduce exposure to airborne disease. Air purifiers, ozone generators and needle point bipolar ionization were added in 2020. Needle point bipolar ionization inactivates 99.4% of airborne viral and bacterial diseases, as well as occurring and seasonal allergens.
RESPONSIBLE ENERGY & GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION
- Fully dark-sky compliant exterior LED lighting to help eliminate light pollution
- Interior LED lighting inside libraries
- Responsibly sourced paper products in restrooms
- Daylight harvesting plan to reduce artificial light use and save energy
- Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints
- Solar installed at Castlewood Library
- Electric car charging station added to Kelver Library
WASTE MINIMIZATION & DIVERSION
- Biannual hazardous waste disposal
- Single stream recycling for #1–7
- Recycling of disposable gloves, plastic bags, lamps and writing instruments
- 100% recyclable soap and sanitizer bottles with 25% post-consumer content
- New construction uses materials with large amounts of recycled content
- Worn carpet squares are 100% recyclable
WATER CONSERVATION & QUALITY
- To minimize irrigation water use, native vegetation, drip systems, mulch and xeriscaping is used
- Water sensors to help prevent watering during rain
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption
- Waterless urinals and automatic faucets help minimize water use