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The Science of Saving Energy and Water

By MPL Staff on Aug 9, 2016 12:00 PM

The Milwaukee Public Library serves as an educational institution as well as a public organization that meets the needs of our patrons.  Already this summer we have served as a "cool spot" during heat advisories and during the winter we also act as a "warming spot" for those seeking to stay warm when the temperatures drop.

We also strive to save energy on these heating and cooling costs!  In 2005 Mayor Barrett directed each city department to reduce energy costs by 15% and we have met this goal.  How did we do it?  Here are the Central Library many of our savings are due in part to our green roof which consists of layers of recyclable products and plants along with 132 solar panels. 

Our green roof is a treasure that also provides a spectacular view for all who see it.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend a Green Roof Tour, please come and visit us on Wednesdays at noon and Saturdays at 10 a.m. to learn more about our green space and how you can become more green at home and at work.

Photo by Scott Paulus

While you’re at the Central Library, feel free to also check out our Green Ideas area located on the 1st floor which is a space dedicated to promoting environmental education which includes:

  • Solar Power
  • Water
  • Green Roof

As a library we also provide resources to help you meet your needs.  How can you save on energy?  If you are interested in solar panels for your home or business check out Milwaukee Shines.  This organization assists Milwaukee residents invest in lower cost solar installations.

There are many options for you to save on water costs with the help of rain barrels.  They can be purchased at your local home improvement store or through the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD).

Lastly, you can learn more about green infrastructure, solar energy for your home, and energy savings by checking out books in our collection. Please check out the programs remaining in our 2016 Green Home Series.  Start saving on energy and water today!

This post was written by Hermoine B.H. of Central Library

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