JOHNSON CITY (October 18, 2013) — East Tennessee State University will celebrate the second annual No Impact Week Sunday-Saturday, Oct. 20- 26.
The week is inspired by “No Impact Man” Colin Beavan, a resident of New York City who made an extraordinary attempt to live more simply and more in balance with the natural environment. During his year-long endeavor, Beavan and his family attempted to live a zero-waste lifestyle. They bought nothing except necessities, produced little to no trash, traveled exclusively by walking or biking and turned off their electricity.
During ETSU’s No Impact Week, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to consider their everyday actions and how they can include sustainable practices in their daily living. To provide ideas for simple actions that can be beneficial for both people and the natural environment, an event will be held each day of the work week to serve as an inspirational springboard for sustainable, “no impact” living. Each will relate to the theme for the day, including consumption, transportation, food, energy and water.
As part of Monday’s “consumption” day, the ETSU student environmental group, the EcoNuts, will host a “trading post” on Borchuck Plaza outside the Charles C. Sherrod Library to promote reuse and minimization of waste. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., students may bring items in good condition to trade.
On Tuesday, students will show their support for alternative transportation with a ride around campus in the “ETSU Bike Parade.” The 1 p.m. ride begins and ends at the bike repair shop next to the Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity (CPA).
On Wednesday, “Discussions on Food” will featurea variety of speakers relating their unique stories linked to food topics and issues. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch to the Amphitheatre at noon for this event.
The ETSU EcoNuts will be available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.at the Farmers Market on Thursday to help visitors calculate their carbon footprint for “energy” day. The market is located in the parking lot behind the D.P. Culp University Center.
On Friday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., a Water Taste Test Challenge will be held to inspire thinking about water issues and responsible water consumption. The challenge will take place in the lobby of the CPA, as well as at a booth on the second floor of the Culp Center.
For more information, visit the calendar on the Department of Sustainability website at http://www.etsu.edu/sustainability . For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.