EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY AT ARAPAHOE LIBRARIES
Arapahoe Libraries is a member of Environmental Leadership Program, opens a new window, a statewide environmental program that recognizes organizations that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations while remaining committed to implementing continuous environmental improvements.
Arapahoe Libraries is committing to meeting milestones each year and to keep improving our environmental impact by looking for new and improved ways to save energy, educating others on the benefits of going green, and by promoting sustainability practices and to 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.
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