SF Library lauded for sustainability practices 

Three awards were given the San Francisco Public Library recognizing its efforts to promote sustainability practices.

The library was selected as one of 12 across the country by the Urban Libraries Council. San Francisco was recognized for its Green Stacks Library Initiative.

Green Stacks is an initiative that ensures every community has access to accurate and relevant information and resources, according to library officials.

In the initiative, library officials implemented green facilities maintenance — including recycling, composting and LED lighting — at all 27 branches and the Main library; developed green spaces adjacent to libraries; became the first library in the country to offer compostable plastic library cards; and launched a community awareness campaign, among other ideas.

In June, the library was also recognized for its amnesty program that allowed the library to recover nearly 30,000 items that were more than 60 days over due.

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