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No Impact Man

Posted on: January 16, 2011

This year at our spring convocation (welcome back) here at the college for all the professors and faculty we discussed the topic of social sustainability. This is always a topic the college is working on to improve as we are certainly large wasters of paper and trash products produced by the faculty and students. This year however we wanted to focus on what we could be doing ourselves to lower our overall impact on the environment. Welcome the No Impact Man project by Colin Beavan and his family. He and his family lived one year where they wanted to eliminate their impact on the environment meaning no cabs, elevators, disposable products such as take out food etc. They turned off their electricity and only ate locally grown food, did I mention that they live in New York City? Throughout the year they filmed a documentary and documented their experiences through a blog (he used a solar panel to power his computer). Certainly I am not asking you to turn off your TV’s and dump your cars but I think it would be good for all of us to assess our lives and see where we can help lessen our impact. To learn more about the No Impact Man project click here.

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1 Response to "No Impact Man"

I enjoyed seeing this. It helped me to refocus on ways that I can be having less waste impact in my life.

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