News Release - March 21, 2008

For Immediate Release: March 21, 2008

Contact: Sherri Eng (415) 557-4282

seng@sfpl.org

Think Green!

Global warming and sustainable living will be

hot topics at Library events

In celebration of Earth Day, April 22, the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center at the San Francisco Main Library will host a number of "green" events.

Judy Chang from The Climate Project, a nonprofit organization with the mission of increasing public awareness of the climate crisis, will present a slide show based on the Academy Award-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth. She will make two presentations-on April 6, from 2:30-4 p.m., and on April 22, from 12-1:30 p.m. Both will be take place in the Main Library's Koret Auditorium.

On April 22, Mark Palmer and Rich Chien, Municipal Green Building coordinators for the San Francisco Department of the Environment, will talk about the importance of "green building." They will discuss the costs and benefits of green building, as well as offer tips on how to "green" your home or apartment. The presentation will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room at the Main Library.

April's Thursdays at Noon film series will take on a "green" tinge. All films will be shown in the Main Library's Koret Auditorium. Thursdays at Noon is sponsored by the Main Library's Audiovisual Center and the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center and supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

And don't forget to stop by the Stegner Center on the Fifth Floor of San Francisco's Main Library for an even deeper look at today's environmental issues. Named for the late Wallace Stegner - whose writings display a deep awareness of nature and a commitment to bringing human activities into harmony with the natural environment - the Center's mission is to inspire understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness and mutual dependence of life on earth through an outstanding collection of environmental literature and innovative public programs. The collection includes more than 1,400 books and periodicals on environmental topics ranging from biographies, global warming, conservation strategies and environmental justice, to biodiversity, globalization and political activism. Most of the collection is available for users to check out and take home.

Earth Day events at the Library:

April 6, 2:30-4 p.m.

The Climate Project - Slide show on current climate crisis issues, with Judy Chang.

Main Library, Koret Auditorium

100 Larkin Street (at Grove)

April 22, 12-1:30 p.m.

Earth Day - Slide show on current climate crisis issues, with Judy Chang.

Main Library, Koret Auditorium

100 Larkin Street (at Grove)

April 22, 2-3:30 p.m.

Earth Day: Green Building - With Mark Palmer & Rich Chien; Q & A follows.

Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room,

100 Larkin Street (at Grove)

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