2) Drop off at your nearest Jersey Mike’s location OR a few other locations listed on the website. The deadline is Friday, November 1st.
3) Lastly, share this project with coworkers, friends or family. Spread the word!
It’s not too late to join the No Impact Project.
The No Impact Project is an international, environmental, nonprofit project, founded
in the spring of 2009. It was inspired by the No Impact Man book, film, and blog. The
No Impact Project was conceived by Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, following the
success of his blog, book, and film, which chronicle his family’s year-long
experiment living a zero-waste lifestyle in New York City. Central to his thesis is the
notion that deep-seated individual behavior change leads to both cultural change and political engagement. Living low-impact provides a clear entry point into the environmental movement. This thesis is the bedrock of the No Impact Project.
Follow this link to find out more and to join the No Impact Challenge. Select Northern Virginia Community College from the list and you will be given all the information to hold your own No Impact Week!
Let us know how it goes!
ELI Student Cesar Musitani wrote a news story about the Common Reader Program for one of his courses. Here is an excerpt from his report.
For one year, don’t buy anything, don’t use any machines, don’t switch on anything electric, don’t cook, don’t answer your phone, and, in general, don’t use any urban resources. For one year, give yourself and the planet a break. If you think it is not possible, maybe you are right. However, one man did it. His name is Colin Beavan, and he spoke at NOVA College last Thursday October 17th talking to students and community members about his ideas of how save the planet living in a “no impact” way. The event was made thanks to common effort of the ELI Common Reader Program, NOVA Sustainability Office and AN Student Life, at the Annandale Campus (Ernst Center Auditorium).
Colin Beavan (a.k.a. “No Impact Man”) a few years ago, accomplished a personal project of living with his family a whole year in New York with “zero impact” to the planet. The rules of the experiment included producing no trash, save for compost, purchasing no goods except for food grown within a 250 -mile radius, using no carbon- based transportation, and using no paper products, treats including toilet paper. He and his family were the subject of a documentary, “No Impact Man: The Documentary”. A book about the year -long experiment was released in September 2009 with the title “No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process.” Now this was the main topic of discussion in the ELI Common Reader Program.
The ideas of No Impact Man led to many questioning about our daily lives, but perhaps one of the best thing to reflect on is the same Colin asked: “Can you live on this planet doing more good than harm?”
A special Thank You to NOVA’s Green Club for all their help with the Common Reader Program this semester! If you are interested in joining the Green Club, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and check them out on Facebook.
photo credit: NOVA student Marco Antonio Goncalves