Our library was designed using social innovation and triple bottom line models to instill sustainability as our core principle. We live out our sustainable mission in the form of -
(1) Ecological sustainability - rain gardens, food gardens, Ecodistrict education and outreach, Allegheny Solar Cooperative, and our on-site solar panels (http://tinyurl.com/mk4z8c6)
(2) Economic sustainability - solar panels, three on-site apartment rentals, and one on-site office rental which all serve to lower costs and provide earned income for long term library operations.
(3) Equity - we work to harness these investments to provide engaging, high quality programming designed to bridge the digital, creative, and information divides that are a far too common reality for far too many of our community members. A core function of our efforts focus on the deliver of Making experiences like this - http://tinyurl.com/jvj969t