Center for Sustainability hosting seventh annual “No Impact Week”

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Brendan Ward

By Brendan Ward George-Anne staff

The Center for Sustainability (CFS) is bringing the 7th annual No Impact Week to Georgia Southern University from April 9 to April 16.

No Impact Week is a week-long sustainability awareness program in which individuals try to reduce their impact on the earth, with each day focusing on a different aspect of impact reduction.

The CFS is honoring living with no impact with a week-long event that will have sustainability awareness programs and activities corresponding to the day’s theme.

Lisa Leege, the director for the CFS, is hoping No Impact Week encourages students to live more sustainable lives.

“I want people to recognize that sustainability can be easy and fun,” Leege said. “We are trying to highlight some simple sustainability solutions for people to adopt in their life.”

Sunday, April 9: Consumption

No Impact Week kicks off Sunday, April 9, with the Sustainable Solutions Exhibit in the GS Museum. The exhibit focuses on the impact of carbon footprints and ways to live green and will run all week from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Along with the exhibit, Sunday will be the first day of the sustainability showcase. The showcase is a display of the 18 projects funded by the student fee grants and will be located on the Henderson Library First Floor Exhibit area. It will be open during normal library hours and runs throughout No Impact Week.

There will also be a denim drive during No Impact Week. The collected denim will converted into building materials for the company, Doing It Right This Time (DIRTT), which specializes in building environmentally friendly buildings using recycled resources. Denim collection boxes will be in Henderson Library, The Russell Union and the GS Museum.

Monday, April 10: Trash

There will also be daily events at the Rotunda from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m throughout the week starting on Monday.

The CFS has partnered with Eagle Dining to bring local and sustainable food options to both on campus dining facilities throughout No Impact Week.

A few highlights for week include beef brisket, honey glazed ham, fish tacos and oven-baked mac and cheese.

Monday there will be a sink the boat competition at the Rotunda from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The contest challenges students to use recycled materials to make a boat that will hold the most weight. the winning boat will get a prize from the CFS.

The Wildlife Center will also have daily programs corresponding to the day’s theme at 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11: Energy

On Tuesday, the CFS will be at the Rotunda from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. giving away free smoothies. Students will be able to make their own smoothies with their own power generated by peddling a bike to power the smoothie maker.

That night, the GS Planetarium will show the award-winning presentation, Dynamic Earth, which explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate. The show runs for 25 minutes, and will be showings every showings every hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12: Water

Wednesday morning the CFS will host a blind water taste test at the Rotunda from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Students will be blindfolded and will have to try to tell the difference between bottled and tap water.

The Botanic Garden will host the Grown Your Own Vegetable Garden Workshop from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop focuses on sustainable gardening as well as irrigation and soil.

That night there will be the 4th Annual Ocean Film Festival at the Russell Union Theater from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. The film festival will show multiple short- to medium-length films covering a variety related to the theme of water. The festival will also have a panel of ocean experts from the region.

Thursday, April 13: Food

Thursday, there will be a campus farmer’s market in the RU Commons from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. that will include locally grown produce.

Thursday night, the Dress in the Press Fashion Show will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Williams Center. The fashion show pits teams against each other to create the best outfit made out of old George-Anne newspapers.

Friday, April 14: Transportation

Friday the CFS will be handing out prizes at the Rotunda for all students who bike to campus from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 15: Giving Back

Saturday is Savannah’s Earth Day celebration, so the CFS encourages everyone to go to the celebration at Forsyth Park in Savannah.

Saturday is the last day to see the Sustainable Solutions Exhibit at the museum and the Sustainability Showcase in the library.

“[No Impact Week] is a nice way for people to recognize that they can change their behavior to reduce their impact,” Leege said.

Students can register for No Impact Week on the CFS website to get daily updates on the day’s events, as well as a free t-shirt made of recycled materials and a chance to win prizes in a raffle.

The full schedule for No Impact Week can be found on the CFS website under the events tab.

For more information about No Impact Week, including a video detailing the entire process, go to the No Impact Project website.