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In 1987, the United Nations Brundtland Commission defined sustainability as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
Sustainability is in broad terms an ethical concept that deals with ensuring that our environmental, economic and social behaviour now secures the future for the generations to follow.
While action is required on a global level there is an emphasis on individuals to commit to doing their part.
The Library has committed to our own targets to improve the sustainability of our service.
Switching off electrical appliances at night where possible
Ensure all withdrawn stock is re-used or re-cycled
Choosing local producers or suppliers who commit to improving their sustainability
Continuing with our Digital First approach to resources, communication and events. This means:
- always checking for digital versions of books and journals;
- using Teams, Social Media and LIbrary Online to communicate news and guides;
- and offering Teams or telephone support as well as face-to-face to cut down on travel.