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Penn State students join the No Impact sustainability experiment

February 3, 2014

“No Impact Week is not about telling people to sacrifice something,” said event organizer Andy Narotsky, ’16. “It’s more about being open to a new way of living that is better for both people and the planet.” The No Impact Experiment provides an avenue for students to play an active role in Penn State’s sustainability efforts. “No Impact Week is an easy way to make a difference for the environment and for Penn State. We think it will also lead to a sense of personal fulfillment, and be a lot of fun,” said Narotsky.

“No Impact Week is not about telling people to sacrifice something,” said event organizer Andy Narotsky, ’16.

The project is a one-week experiment in sustainable living that allows students to experience the difference lowering their impact can have on their quality of life, their community, and their planet. Penn State’s participation in the experiment is sponsored by Residence Life, Housing, the Eco-Reps, and the Sustainability Institute.

The week began Feb. 2 with a clothing swap in Findlay Commons. Students in residence halls will work through a series of eight daily challenges, from decreasing trash production and residence hall energy use to eating sustainably. The week will wrap up with a day of Giving Back at Penn State’s own recycling center on February 8th.

Each day, the Penn State Eco-Reps will host events at University Park, to encourage participation.

No Impact Week Schedule of Events:

Sunday, 2/2 – Consumption
CLOTHING SWAP, FINDLAY COMMONS, 1PM – 3PM
Give me your tired, your poor…clothing. Swap your clothes for something more exciting to increase your wardrobe and decrease your consumption! Bring gently used, clean clothes to swap with other Penn Staters.

Monday, 2/3 – Trash
CRAFT NIGHT, 124 FINDLAY, 8PM – 9:30PM
Turn trash into treasure! Build crafts with (clean) trash.

Tuesday, 2/4 – Transportation
TRANSPORTATION EXPO, FINDLAY COMMONS, 3PM – 4:30PM
Learn how to save money when you travel home, be happier, and lose weight! Plus, be in the running for a free bike. 

Wednesday, 2/5 – Food
LOCAL FOOD EXPLORATION, FINDLAY COMMONS, 5PM – 7PM
Try some local food samples and learn about the benefits to you and the environment of eating local! 

Thursday, 2/6 – Energy
ENERGY AUDITS, FINDLAY COMMONS, 5PM – 6:30PM
Learn how to reduce your energy use and use a bike to make smoothies! 

Friday, 2/7 – Water
THE TAP CHALLENGE , FINDLAY COMMONS, 5PM – 6:30PM
Do you know how much money you are spending on bottled water each semester? Take on the Tap Challenge and put money back in your pocket!

Saturday, 2/8 – Giving Back
VOLUNTEERING, 12:30PM – 3PM
Help clean up Penn State's recycling center! Meet at the basketball courts outside Findlay at 12:30 pm.

Inspired by Colin Beavan's experiment in low-carbon living, documented in the popular No Impact Man book, film, and blog, more than 50,000 people worldwide have participated in a low-impact living challenge of their very own through the No Impact Week Experiment. The experience is about discovering how living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle can increase personal fulfillment, health, happiness, and time with friends.

People interested in experimenting with a low-carbon lifestyle can register for No Impact Week at http://noimpactproject.org/university/.

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