Your Impact Matters

Ever wonder how much of an impact you have on our planet? Your demand on the Earth’s ecosystems may surprise you. Every decision you make regarding what you eat, buy, or live can have an impact on our environment.

After taking the Ecological Footprint Quiz, I was shocked! If everyone had the same amount of impact as me, we would need 5.5 earths.

I had an overwhelming feeling of guilt and a determined attitude to lessen my impact. Where to start? Why not with No Impact Week?

No Impact Week is a week-long event with schools from all over the country coming together to educate students and help them participate in lowering their environmental impact.  The challenge is for students to change their lifestyle for one week to help them discover how lowering their impact can benefit not only the planet, but also their own quality of life.

Georgia Southern will be participating in No Impact Week (April 15-23).  There will be events held throughout the week for participants to attend.

Each day represents a different aspect of impact:

CONSUMPTION (Sunday, April 15) – Book Drive (locations throughout campus)

WASTE (Monday, April 16)- Re-purpose an old t-shirt through “Upcyling” at the Russell Union Rotunda from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

FOOD (Tuesday, April 17)- Buy some fresh local produce at the Campus Farmer’s Market at the William’s Center Plaza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION (Wednesday, April 18)- Like Your Bike by tuning it up at the Russell Union Rotunda from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take your car by the Alumni Building by the RAC to Get Pumped from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

ENERGY (Thursday, April 19)- Join in the Earth Day Celebration with $6 grilled lunches and a live band at the Russell Union Rotunda from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WATER (Friday, April 20)- Taste Test bottled and tap water in the RAC Lobby from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

GIVING BACK (Saturday, April 21) Join in a campus-wide clean up called the Campus Watershed Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

JEFFREY HOLLENDER (Monday, April 23) Get inspired by a leading authority on sustainability at 7 p.m. in the PAC.

For more events or information, please visit University Wellness.

Here’s your chance to make a difference in the environment and your life. If you’re up for the challenge, register through CRI. Remember, changing one thing can affect the amount of impact you have on the earth.

Best Wishes in Your Green Adventures!
Victoria

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