The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library is committed to being an environmentally responsible organization. From providing a shuttle service to reduce traffic congestion around the AUC to decreasing our energy, gas and water consumption, the Library is doing its part to maintain the overall health of our planet.
Brawley Greenscape and Pedestrian Parkway
The Brawley Greenscape and Pedestrian Parkway extended the Library's footprint by turning the 2.5 acre grassy lot across from the main entrance into an inviting landscape for teaching, learning and social engagement. Student leaders (pictured above) from the four AUC institutions cut the ribbon and officially opened the space for use in 2016. (See general use and rental guidelines here.)
Here are a few benefits of the space:
- Add beauty and character with plants and trees
- Expand the usable space of the Library
- Upgrade the paved walkway
- Include a rain garden to capture and manage stormwater runoff
- Provide an outdoor teaching and learning place
- Offer additional seating and shade areas
- Add an outdoor Woodi Café dining area
- Foster interaction and collaboration within a natural environment
- Accommodate use as a venue for small scale events and activities
The Phase II Renovation Project: Brawley Greenscape and Pedestrian Parkway was funded by The Woodruff Foundation and represents one of several ongoing green initiatives at the Library.
A special thank you to everyone who was a part of the project team:
- AUC Woodruff Library staff
- Silverman Construction Program Management
- JB+A, Inc.
- Georgia Development Partners
Grants to Green
Through a Grants to Green grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc., the Library has become more energy efficient by upgrading its lighting and controls. These improvements reduced the Library's annual energy consumption by 5,156,457 kilowatt hours, annual gas consumption by 15,675 therms and annual water consumption by 2,788 gallons.
Grants to Green provides environmentally-focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits in the Atlanta region. Grants to Green is an initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (cfgreateratlanta.org), created in partnership with Southface (southface.org) and the Kendeda Fund (kendeda.org). Learn more at http://cfgreateratlanta.org/nonprofits/available-grants/grants-to-green.
To minimize our organization’s lasting impression on the planet, we have developed a recycling program to separate and properly dispose mixed recyclables along with paper products. We also strive to purchase items produced from recyclable materials to promote the use and benefits of reused items. Recycling bins have been placed on each floor throughout our facility, accepting tin, aluminum and steel cans, paper, cardboard, plastic and glass.
Our Library strives to print all publications and materials on paper that is FSC-Certified and produced with at least 10% recycled material. This includes our brochures, reports, signage –and even our copy paper!