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September 22nd, 2010
Colin Beavan to speak at Strahan Coliseum


Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man, will speak Wednesday as part of Texas State’s Common Experience.


Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man, the Texas State Common Experience text for 2010, will speak Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Beavan’s book, subtitled “The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process,” explains how he and his wife, two-year old daughter and four-year old dog went off the energy grid and tried to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as they could.

In the process of describing the project, Beavan also ends up making discoveries about food system sustainability, water resources, materials and energy depletion and how to live more lightly on the earth while improving the quality of life.

No Impact Man is also a Sundance Film Festival-selection documentary based on Beavan’s experiences.

Beavan has been featured in the New York Times and appeared as a guest on many television shows, including The Colbert Report, Good Morning America and Nightline. He also has been featured on National Public Radio.

He has a Ph.D. in electronic engineering and is the director of the No Impact Project. Beavan is a visiting scholar at New York University, an advisor to the University’s Sustainability Task Force, and he sits on the board of directors of New York City’s Transportation Alternatives and the advisory council of Just Food.

Beavan’s speech is hosted by Texas State’s Common Experience, which has “Sustainability” as the theme for 2010.

To learn more about Beavan’s work, visit his blog at

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