S E L E C How Did I Go Green? T Libraries Helping Patrons Find Answers E D R Created by Leia Lewis Founding Director of Sankofa Vision, Inc. E Green For All Fellow S O U R C E S How Libraries Can Help Patrons Go Green • Identify local green projects. • Network stakeholders. • Engage community experts. • Host green events. • Expand collections. • Suggest websites. • Engage national organizations. • Stay current. Websites www.climatecrisis.net Documentary film produced and narrated by Vice President Al Gore, which describes the crisis of global warming. www.greenforall.org Green For All is a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. The website features educational resources, policy updates, grassroots campaigns, green jobs info, and much more. www.sankofavision.org Sankofa Vision, Inc. (SVI) is a nonprofit organization that exists to celebrate and cultivate the art, culture, and community life of people of African descent. SVI’s central program is Sankofa Gardens organic community garden. New initiatives are a green community learning center and green jobs training program for youth and the low-income. Remembering the past. Building our future. www.communitygarden.org The Mission of the American Community Gardening Association is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada. www.ecoliteracy.org The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to education for sustainable living. We provide information, inspiration, and support to the vital movement of K-12 educators, parents, and other members of the school community who are helping young people gain the knowledge, skills, and values essential to sustainable living. www.ssawg.org SSAWG empowers and inspires farmers, individuals, and communities in the South to create an agricultural system that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane. www.globalgreen.org Global Green is working to address some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. In the United States our work is primarily focused on stemming global climate change by creating green buildings and cities. www.dsireusa.org DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. www.recovery.gov The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 dedicated $500 million for green job training, including competitive grants for states, local governments, and nonprofits. Books www.earthfuture.com/ stormyweather/ Stormy Weather tells the story of climate change, and describes 101 Solutions in detail: – Individuals – Organizations – Cities and Towns – Businesses – Government www.vanjones.net The definitive book on "green jobs." Van Jones worked as the special advisor for green jobs at the White House Council for Environmental Quality from March to September 2009. www.markwinne.com Closing the Food Gap reveals the chasm between the two food systems of America-the one for the poor and the one for everyone else. Mark Winne offers compelling solutions for making local, organic, and highly nutritious food available to everyone.” - Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace Magazines www.motherearthnews.com The most popular and longest running sustainable-lifestyle magazine. www.yesmagazine.org YES! Magazine is an award-winning, ad-free, nonprofit publication that supports people’s active engagement in building a just and sustainable world. www.greenteacher.com Green Teacher is a magazine that helps youth educators enhance environmental and global education inside and outside of schools. www.edutopia.org Edutopia features innovative and best practices in public education. The website shows green initiatives in American schools focused on curriculum, facilities, and community partnerships. About Leia Lewis Leia Lewis is a cultural arts worker, community-builder, organizer, artist, educator, and mother. A native of Shreveport, LA, Ms. Lewis’ career has entailed employment with organizations in New Orleans and Shreveport, as well as consultant and advisory roles with organizations in Mississippi, Kentucky, California, New Mexico, and New York. As Founding Director of Sankofa Vision, Inc. (www.sankofavision.org)), Ms. Lewis is a local leader of the global green movement. Sankofa Vision, Inc. coordinates Sankofa Gardens, an organic community garden and learning campus that attracts diverse, intergenerational participants from the surrounding low-income neighborhood and across the city. Additionally, Sankofa Vision, Inc. coordinates programs for children and adults focused on environmental awareness, youth development, cross-curricular learning, and the creative arts. In 2009, Sankofa Vision, Inc. launched its SVI Green School and Green Jobs Initiatives, for which Ms. Lewis has firmed institutional partnerships with the City of Shreveport, Address Louisiana Tech University School of Architecture, and Southern University of Shreveport Sankofa Vision, Inc. Louisiana for purposes of developing a green learning center at Sankofa Gardens and a 1651 Tulane citywide green jobs training program. Shreveport, LA 71103 Phone Recently, Leia Lewis was selected as a prestigious Green For All Fellow (318) 230-2892 (www.greenforall.org), serving among 50 national leaders dedicated to environmental protection, community development, and social change causes. As a Green For All E-mail Fellow, Ms. Lewis works to communicate and realize the promise of a green economy that firstname.lastname@example.org is strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Leia Lewis is a classroom teacher in Caddo Website Leia & Psalm Lewis Parish Schools, presently completing a M.A. in Teaching, Elementary Education, at Centenary College of Louisiana. She possesses a B.A. in Drama and Communications www.sankofavision.org and M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans.