Loyola University Maryland

No Impact Week


The No Impact Project is an international, environmental, nonprofit project founded in the spring of 2009. It was conceived by Colin Beavan (aka No Impact Man) following the success of his blog, book, and film, which chronicle his family’s year-long experiment living a zero-waste lifestyle in New York City. Central to his thesis is the notion that individual lifestyle change leads to both cultural change and political engagement. Living low-impact provides a clear entry point into the environmental movement. This thesis is the bedrock of the No Impact Project.


To empower citizens to make choices which better their lives and lower their environmental impact through lifestyle change, community action, and participation in environmental politics.


  • Promote positive lifestyle changes;
  • Enable the Loyola community to experience their own University No Impact Experiment and;
  • Engage people across a spectrum of beliefs and ideas around environmental issues

Supporting Offices

Thank you to the following departments and offices for supporting No Impact Week:

  • Messina
  • Environmental Studies
  • Biology
  • CCSJ
  • Campus Ministry
  • Office of Mission Integration
  • Facilities Management
  • Center for the Humanities
  • Chemistry

Student Groups

A big thank you to the student groups helping with No Impact Week:

  • Environmental Action Club for Organizing
  • Botany (BL 310)
  • Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors