Center for Sustainability to host eighth annual “No Impact Week”

 The Center for Sustain ability will host Georgia Southern University’s eight annual No Impact Week to highlight and educate students on no-impact living.

Shiann Sivell

The University Wellness Program and the Center for Sustainability will host the eighth annual “No Impact Week” from April 8 to April 15.

The concept for the project came from Colin Beavan, a New Yorker who conducted a year-long experiment on the environment. A documentary called “No Impact Man” about the experience was made in 2009.

Professor of Biology Lissa Leege, Ph.D., who is helping coordinate the event, said Georgia Southern University has been hosting No Impact Week longer than any university in the country.

This year, each day will have a theme about environmental impacts on the planet. The Center for Sustainability will continue to add new events until the week begins.

Events that will take place every day of the week are:

  • A Sustainability Showcase, beginning at 12 p.m. on the first floor exhibit space of Henderson Library, will remain open all week. The event will showcase 13 student projects discussing how GS is reducing its impacts on the environment.
  • An Art from Trash activity on the second floor of the Library’s Learning Commons starting on Monday at 3 p.m. and lasting until 12 p.m. on Friday.
  • Exhibits and activities will be at the Rotunda throughout the week.
  • Shows at the Wildlife Center every day at 3:30 p.m.

All the events are free to students and the public. Other highlighted events will be held throughout the week. For a full list and schedule of the events, click here.

Leegee said she hopes that having a variety of events will encourage student participation.

“We’re always trying to change things up, thus we are trying to take advantage of the expertise of the people that are at Georgia Southern,” Leegee said. “There are a lot of new projects that are going on improving [the] sustainability of our campus, so we want to continue highlighting those new projects.”

Leegee encourages everyone to register for the event so that the Center for Sustainability can keep track of how many people are participating. Those who enter will be eligible to win a free t-shirt made from recycled bottles.