No Impact Week: April 17th-23rd, 2011

Ever wanted to make an impact on the world?
You already do.
(every time you ride the subway, eat a sandwich, wash your hands, turn on the lights, etc etc etc)

See our calendar of events —>

No Impact Week is a chance to reflect. Participating means undergoing a week of heightened consciousness towards the environmental impacts of our actions. By becoming conscious of a different way we affect our environment each day, and learning how to address that on an individual level, we can work towards making a healthier planet and incidentally becoming healthier, happier people.

This Earth Week program is a collaboration among many Columbia students and faculty from different clubs, schools and departments, and with the No Impact Project.

Please sign up for daily event updates, and to participate in the No Impact Experiment (video about it below). We promise limited emails, and no spam (as long as we get past your filter – please add us).


Read the No Impact Experiment guide, and our special Columbia guide! They contain lots of really great information about how to live more sustainably.


In this video, Colin Beavan, the man who lived in NYC with the goal of having no impact on the environment for a year (as documented in his book, blog and Sundance documentary No Impact Man), explains the Experiment:




We are also very excited to present a diverse program for Columbia’s No Impact Week, featuring engaging speakers, films, workshops, parties, and more!

**full + more quickly updated calendar of events that includes event descriptions here and through the calendar to the right**


Sun Apr 17
8:30am – 5pm
Columbia Farmers’ Market – On Broadway, right outside the Morningside Campus
11am – 4pm
No Impact Week: The Blossoming – Columbia’s Community Garden @ Pupin Plaza
8pm – 9pm


Mon Apr 18
11am – 2pm
11:30am – 1pm
Film and Lunch: Vanishing of the Bees – Teachers College, Russell 306
6pm – 8pm
Trash in New York – Roone Arledge Auditorium West
9pm – 11pm
Screening of HOME: a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand – Roone Arledge Auditorium West


Tue Apr 19
it’s bike to campus day!
7:30am – 8:30am
Morning Run – Meet at the Sundial
10am – 2pm
11:30am – 1pm
Film and Lunch: The Economics of Happiness – Teachers College, Russell 306
12pm – 1pm
2pm – 6pm
Teach me to Recycle! – Teachers College, Front of Everett
4pm – 5pm
6pm – 8pm
Screening of No Impact Man – Roone Arledge Auditorium West


Wed Apr 20
10:30am – 1pm
Film and Lunch: Fresh – Teachers College, Russell 306
2pm – 4pm
3pm – 4pm
Climate Reality Tour- Biking for System Change – Teachers College, Russell 306
4pm – 5:30pm
Cooking and Climate: The Unfinished Health Agenda of Incomplete Combustion, with Kirk R. Smith. – the Alumni Auditorium at the Medical Center (650 West 168th Street)
5:30pm – 7pm
Sustainable Food Panel – Lerner C555
6pm – 8pm
GlobeMed Presents: HOME, a film by Yann Arthus-BertrandBroadway Res Hall (W 114th & Bway, southeast corner), Floor 14
7:30pm – 10pm


Thu Apr 21
8am – 5pm
Columbia Farmers’ Market – On Broadway, right outside the Morningside Campus
10:30am – 11:30am
GrowNYC tent @116th & Broadway – Farmers Market Tour – At the Farmers’ Market, 116th & Broadway
12pm – 1pm
3:30pm – 5pm
Earthfriends Dinner – Teachers College, Earthfriends Room HM 50
5pm – 6pm
6:30pm – 8pm
8:30pm – 10:30pm
10:30pm – 1:30am
The ENergy Dance! – Lerner Hall’s Party Space


Fri Apr 22
10am – 2pm
10am – 4pm
12pm – 3pm
5pm – 7pm
ECOPALOOZA – Roone Arledge Auditorium
GASLANDS film screening with director Josh Fox – Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall


Sat Apr 23
10am – 3pm
Planting the Seeds || Garden Work Party – Columbia Community Garden on Pupin Plaza
1pm – 3pm
Greenbor-BHAKTI – Greenborough House: 604 W114th St
4pm – 9pm
Postcrypt Coffeehouse & Postcrypt Art Gallery Present: POSTCRYPT ARTS UNDERGROUND FESTIVAL– Wein Courtyard (entrance on 116th between amst and morningside drive, and also through campus)


We hope this week engages you and that you come to lots of events, learn a lot, and have a great time.

Here’s a pre-week survey that you can use to track your adventure.


Thank you!
The No Impact Week Team


& a thanks to those who have given to this program:



and of course



(if you have questions or want to add your events to this listing, email