Loyola University Maryland

No Impact Week

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long will the project take?
Can I do this alone?
How many days do I have to participate?
What if some of the activities are impossible for me to do?
How will taking these small steps have any real impact on climate change?
Do I have to be a hippie, activist, granola eater to participate in the experiment?
What if I need to use a car to get to work and my town doesn’t offer public transport?
I’m really into this project, but my partner or family doesn’t want to join in. How do I lower my impact without driving my family crazy?
I live in an area that doesn’t offer recycling. How can I participate in the trash phase?
I don’t really have time for this project but I want to do something. What can I do to help the planet and maintain my busy schedule?
I have to use my computer for work all day every day, how can I take part in the experiment?

How long will the project take?

One week +1 day, beginning and ending on a Sunday.

Can I do this alone?

Sure, but we recommend doing it with at least one friend.

How many days do I have to participate?

Do as many as you can, but like most challenges in life, the more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it.

What if some of the activities are impossible for me to do?

If a challenge is truly impossible, don't sweat it.

How will taking these small steps have any real impact on climate change?

Every small behavior change you make or every political action you take adds to a growing wave of change and influences your community to get on the ball! Read more here.

Do I have to be a hippie, activist, granola eater to participate in the experiment?

No. And that stereotype is so passé.

What if I need to use a car to get to work and my town doesn’t offer public transport?

Not to worry! We offer a wide spectrum of options for each phase and take into account varying lifestyles. Besides, your no-impact activities don't have to be the same intensity across the board. If you can't do much for transportation, then give extra attention to food or energy. This is a great opportunity to think about what it would take for you to use your car less and other means of transport more.

I’m really into this project, but my partner or family doesn’t want to join in. How do I lower my impact without driving my family crazy?

Find positive small ways to engage the people in your life. Cook a local meal for them, carpool, or organize a TV-free game night.

I live in an area that doesn’t offer recycling. How can I participate in the trash phase?

Try to avoid buying anything that needs to be recycled, such as plastic bottles, and turn glass jars into travel mugs (like Colin did) or pencil holders. For all phases of the experiment, it's best to see what resources you have available and to use your creativity to make the most of them. Get some fun repurposing ideas here. Learn about Loyola's recycling program.

I don’t really have time for this project but I want to do something. What can I do to help the planet and maintain my busy schedule?

Look through the No Impact Project website for some tips and advice, and figure out what little things you can do to make a difference. Anything you do helps, no matter how small. Alternatively, you can make a donation to the No Impact Project to help us help the planet.

I have to use my computer for work all day every day, how can I take part in the experiment?

We completely understand that most of us depend on computers to make a living. We are not asking you to quit your job and go back to the land. This Experiment is about making realistic behavior changes. If you can power down over the weekend, that's great! If not, don't sweat it.