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GSU hosts fourth annual ‘No Impact Week’

Georgia Southern University's Center for Sustainability has teamed up with the University Wellness Program to host a number of events throughout April that are designed to improve and protect the environment and change behavior when it comes to food, energy, water and waste.

The focal point is "No Impact Week," which began Sunday and lasts through next Sunday.

"This week shows our commitment to sustainability and seeks to educate and inspire with an engaging and diverse slate of events,'" said Lissa Leege, the director of Center for Sustainability.

University Wellness Program Director Michele Martin added: "No Impact Week provides an opportunity for individuals to explore environmental wellness and how they may practice it in their day-to-day life. Being environmentally well is about being able to live in harmony with the earth, give back and protect the earth, as well as find ways to take advantage of what the earth can do for our well-being."

During the fourth annual event, more than 70 activities will challenge participants to cumulatively reduce their impact on the earth by limiting consumption and trash, choosing sustainable food and transportation by reducing energy and water use. The goal of the environmental education activities is to share ideas and information and to learn to live by leaving as little of a carbon footprint as possible.

A highlight of the week is a presentation from Dr. Steven Chu, a former U.S. secretary of energy and Nobel Prize recipient, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center, 847 Plant Drive. In his keynote address, Chu will present "Renewing our Independence through Renewable Energy: Challenges and Opportunities." Admission is free and open to everyone.

No Impact Week receives support from more than 25 different campus departments and clubs. See the full calendar of events, including a Trash to Treasure workshop, Earth Day celebration and the Campus Farmers' Market, by visiting: http://recreation.georgiasouthern.edu/wellness/special-events/no-impact-week/.

 

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