Green Initiative

04 Mar

New York State’s Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect

In addition to New York, seven other states have passed plastic bag bans. 

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03 Sep

ABA Invites Members to Join Green Bookselling Task Force

This follows ABA’s recent survey on environmental sustainability that hundreds of booksellers participated in; the responses help inform the workings of the task force.

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24 Jul

Bookseller Associations Take on Environmental Efforts

The Booksellers Association of the U.K. and Ireland has debuted a green bookselling manifesto, while the American Booksellers Association is wrapping up a bookseller survey on environmental sustainability.

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17 Jul

ABA Launches Survey on Environmental Sustainability

The American Booksellers Association is looking to gauge the interest of bookstores on environmental issues.

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16 Apr
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Eco-Conscious Efforts in Effect at Independent Bookstores From Coast to Coast

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day on Monday, April 22, booksellers shared the ways indie bookstores can incorporate green practices and policies into their stores year-round. 

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18 Dec
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Introducing the ABA Green Team

“There is a risk that individuals and businesses may feel, in light of the massive challenges before us, that there is nothing they can do to help,” says ABA’s Meg Smith. “But that isn’t true.”

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19 Jul

Booksellers Focus on Implementing Eco-Conscious Practices

Independent bookstores continue to implement new environmental initiatives and practices, in step with how ideas of green living, sustainability, and climate change have permeated the public consciousness in recent years.

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13 Jan

Around Indies

Plot Twist Bookstore to open in Iowa; Powell’s Books to grow Hawthorne location; Bookshop Santa Cruz to mark 50 years; Lake Forest Book Store plans move; BookBar named Green Business of the Month; Liberty Bay Books customer praises store’s magic

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12 Nov

Solar Initiatives a Success at Two Indie Bookstores

Arizona’s Antigone Books and New Hampshire’s MainStreet BookEnds have each reaped the benefits since switching to solar-powered electrical systems in 2011.

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03 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Bill to limit Amazon’s advantage moves forward in France; Reading Group Choices’ 2014 guide out now; National survey details reading habits; NRF predicts modest growth during holidays; Consumers use smartphones, tablets to shop; California Bookstore Day website live; NCAC in New York Times Sunday Dialogue; Thurber Prize goes to Dan Zevin; Penguin Random House merges audio; HarperCollins joins Scribd’s e-book subscription service; Chronicle Books goes green; BISG announces new mission statement, industry award winners, F+W Media partnership

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21 Dec

Northshire Turns to Solar Power

Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, now features an array of photovoltaic panels on its roof. The 16-kilowatt PV system, slated to be online by the end of the year, will supply approximately 10 percent of Northshire’s electric needs.

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08 Sep

Random House Catalogs to Go Paperless

Random House Children’s and Random House Adult catalogs will be going digital only, beginning with their Summer 2012 and Fall 2012 lists, respectively. The change ensures the catalog information will be “more up-to-the-minute, and thus more viable, practical, and useful,” said Ruth Liebmann, vice president, director, account marketing, Random House, Inc.

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23 Jul

A New Crop of Green Sidelines

What's better than the high margins of sidelines? The high margins and driving sales of green sidelines.

At this spring's Go Green Expo in New York City, three floors of the Hilton New York Hotel were devoted to eco-friendly paraphernalia -- from recycled greeting cards to biodegradable umbrellas to rubber wallets.

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18 Jun

ABA at Inaugural Meeting of Book Industry Environmental Council

Last week, the American Booksellers Association continued its environmental efforts on behalf of member booksellers by participating in the Book Industry Environmental Council's first meeting.

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