Author of UNC's First-Year Common Book to Speak Oct. 16

Colin Beavan

Colin Beavan

The author of the University of Northern Colorado's First-Year Common Book will visit campus to discuss his family's commitment to make zero impact on the environment by forgoing electricity and many creature comforts for a year while living in the heart of New York City.

Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man, will share his story, answer questions and sign copies of his book , 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the ballrooms at the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in lots at the University Center.

In his book, Beavan details a year-long effort that he, his wife and young daughter undertake to make as little environmental impact as possible. That included doing their best to avoid creating trash, causing no carbon dioxide emissions and avoiding the purchase of produce from distant places.

Copies of the book were distributed to academic departments and first-year students, and campus programming is being built around the book during the 2012-13 academic year.

An award-winning blogger, Beavan also documented his socio-environmental experiment for the movie of the same name. He previously wrote two other acclaimed non-fiction books and is a visiting scholar at New York University, an advisor to the university's Sustainability Task Force, sits on the board of directors of New York City's Transportation Alternatives and on the advisory council of Just Food. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Liverpool.

For more information about Beavan and his various projects, visit his website.

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