Students, as well as faculty, may find it a wise choice to concern themselves with the environment.
From Oct. 4-8, IUPUI will host a No Impact Week that allows individuals to learn more about the green movement and for those who wish to further pursue a “green” lifestyle”.
The project was started when The Co-Director of the IUPUI Common Theme Project invited Colin Beavan, writer of No Impact Man, to make a presentation in the Campus Center of November 10, 2010.
“As a result of that contact, IUPUI was invited to participate in the national movement, “No Impact Project,” by dedicating a week to encouraging everyone on the campus and throughout the local community to try and follow Beavan’s example. The goal of the project is to stimulate discussions about sustainability and to provide the opportunity for everyone to try and limit his or her carbon imprint for one week,” said Gayle Williams, the Assistant Dean of University College.
Each day of No Impact Week includes events dedicated to a particular topic of improving the environment.
For instance, Monday is Trash/Consumption Day where there will be a Free Swap Market in the Courtyard and Tuesday is Transportation Day in which finding alternative transportation is encouraged and will also offer free bicycle maintenance and repair in Democracy Plaza.
“With 13 events happening in 5 days, a lot of people are needed to make sure things go well,” said Kaitlyn Kaesebier, Programs Assistant for Civic Engagement, whom is working with Lorrie Brown on No Impact Week.
Students can volunteer for No Impact Week by doing things such as providing goods or services for the Free Swap Market and meeting at Mo’ Joe Coffeehouse to bike or walk to campus at 7:30 or 8:30 a.m., as well as other planned events. The registration deadline to take part in this is Sept. 29 by 5 p.m.
“Our goal is for members of the IUPUI community to explore the environmental impact of their daily actions. Throughout the week we will explore the issues of trash/consumption, transportation, food, energy and water. Within each of these issues, there are small and large changes that individuals can make that will lessen their environmental impact. We want the IUPUI community to learn how easy it is to make these changes and hope that they will sustain them long beyond the end of No Impact Week,” Kaesebier said.