The New York Library Association (NYLA) Sustainability Roundtable defines its work in terms of the triple bottom line – the recognition that, while many people think of sustainability as relating primarily to the health of the environment, it also encompasses social equity and economic components as well. Penn Yan Public Library adheres to this view, and is working toward sustainability in our community by encouraging progress in all three of these strands. This approach ensures that our plans, goals, and projects acknowledge every element required to build and expand a healthy society.

Resilience refers to the extent to which something can bounce back from stresses, changes, and disturbances. Committing to the triple bottom line results in a more resilient, less vulnerable community. In each of the categories below, learn how PYPL is working to improve our region’s resilience, as well as ways that you can participate and work with us.

Environmental impact

Penn Yan Public Library is a proud recipient of a programming stipend from Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, which helps libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations on the climate crisis.   Throughout 2021, PYPL will convene community members for virtual film screenings, discussions, and action opportunities. In addition, the grant stipend will be used to support outreach around disaster preparedness, food security, native pollinators, and recycling, all key elements of resilience and sustainability alike.  PYPL is supported in this effort by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County and Citizens’ Climate.  Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change is a pilot program of the American Library Association.

Action Items

  • View the first movie in our film & discussion series, Decoding the Weather Machine, from Nova.  Call the library at 315-536-6114 to receive the link to the movie; then, join us via Zoom on February 27 at 3:00 to discuss it and start planning for the future.  Zoom link: 
  • More to come!

About the Resilient Communities grant supporters:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County

“Since 1913, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County (CCEYC) has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs are developed in direct response to community input, and are based on the most current information available from Cornell and other Land Grant universities from across the nation.” Visit their website here.

Citizens’ Climate

“Citizens’ Climate is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization, with 500+ chapters in 60 countries, fostering conversation with community leaders about bipartisan national policies to lower emissions at the pace and scale needed without hurting the economy or low- or middle- income Americans.” Find out more about this organization here.

Do you represent an organization committed to advancing environmental sustainability in our region? We’d love to talk and share information! Send us an email at

Social equity impact

In progress – please check back soon!

Economic Impact

In progress – please check back soon!