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September 10th, 2010
Discussion of skills for 'no impact' living slated for library

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Gwendolyn Hustvedt at Old Oaks Ranch.

STAFF REPORT

The public is invited to the San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins, for a discussion on sustainable living led by Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt, on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

Hustvedt is part of the faculty at Texas State’s Department of Family and Consumer Science. She researches “lifestyle of health and sustainability” consumers and has conducted studies on the marketing of locally produced fiber products, animal friendly wool products and socially responsible product labeling.

Many of the skills for sustainability are rooted in the past. Skills for preserving and reusing materials and reducing waste were fairly commonplace less than 100 years ago. It was only after World War II that Americans started on the path to current consumer lifestyles.

The sustainability theme will be featured many times this year in lectures and presentations, as it is the Texas State Common Experience theme for 2010-2011. Common Experience is intended to engage Texas State students and staff, as well as the San Marcos community, in discussion and critical thinking on the topic.

The book students were urged to read this summer in preparation for the theme is No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Plant and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process, by Colin Beavan.

Copies of the book are available for loan at the library and can be found near the information desk.

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No Impact Man was recommended to Texas State students for discussion on the Common Experience theme of sustainability.

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