No Impact Experiment Week
Sunday - Consumption | Monday - Trash | Tuesday - Transportation | Wednesday - Food | Thursday - Energy | Friday - Water | Saturday - Giving Back | Eco-Sabbath
Join The No Impact Experiment Week
What is the Experiment?
The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse. It is a chance for you to see
what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It's not about
giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern
"conveniences" you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating
away at your time and money.
Joining is simple! Click here to sign up.
Visit How It Works for step-by-step instructions and download the How-To Manual for
day-by-day guidelines. Watch inspiring videos from past participants about their lessons
from the week and what motivated them to try it.
You will receive everything you need to participate in this experiment via e-mail
from the people at the No Impact Project, including an addendum of the many different
resources and activities that will be happening on the IWU campus throughout the week
of Sept. 12-19.
Please register no later than Friday, Sept. 10. For more information, contact Wellness
at (309) 556-3334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, September 7
Screening of Film: No Impact Man
Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 8
Speaker: Colin Beavan, The No Impact Man
11 a.m., Presser Hall, Westbrook Auditorium
Saturday, September 11
Live a fuller and happier life by buying less stuff
(Pre-event) Stop by Ecology Action Center’s Annual Free-For-All
9 a.m.-Noon, Anderson Park, Normal, everything is free
Bring something to share, take what you need!
Sunday, September 12: Consumption
In No Impact Man, Colin Beavan challenges us to reduce and re-use in all areas of our lives. Help
fulfill this challenge by dropping off your copy of the summer reading book No Impact Man at The Ames Library between Sept. 12 and Sept. 19. If you haven't read the book,
and would like to pick up a copy, stop by the library and pick up a used copy! Let’s
keep spreading Beavan's message!
Local Thrift & Consignment Shops
Another way to reduce or re-use is by purchasing gently used items from thrift and
• Preshrunk: Ryan Johnson, advisor at email@example.com (309) 556-3370
• BroMenn Thrift Shop, 1203 S Main St, Normal, IL , (309) 454-7074
• Goodwill Industries, 401 Greenbriar Dr, Normal, IL (309) 451-1010
• Mission Mart, 301 E Oakland Ave, Bloomington, IL, (309) 828-1530
• Midwest Exchange Incorporate, 512 IAA Dr #6, Bloomington, IL (309) 662-7296
• Monster Pawn, 607 S. Main St, Normal, IL (309) 452-5327
• McLean County Exchange, 2015 Ireland Grove Rd, Bloomington, IL (309) 661-1111
• Neighborhood Thrift Store, 406 N Main St Bloomington, IL (309) 827-2500
• Plato’s Closet, 1407 N. Veterans Pky, Bloomington, IL (309) 662-9844
• Penelope’s, 626 N Main St Bloomington, IL, (309) 828-9155
• Karen’s Kloset West, 1503 E College Ave, Ste H, Normal, IL, (309) 454-2800
• Cute As A Button, 1407 N Veterans Pkwy Ste 22, Bloomington, IL, (309) 663-7276
• Sweet Repeats, 310 Wylie Dr, Normal, IL
Monday, September 13: Trash
Get your reusable Chico Bag…
Need a handy dandy reusable bag that can travel anywhere with you? Wellness has a
small Chico bag inventory that will be sold for just $1 each. The Chico bag folds
into a convenient pouch and can clip onto a belt, or fit easily into a purse or backpack.
Eliminate or reduce plastic bag use by carrying these convenient reusable bags to
cart food or other items out of the store and home! To purchase a bag please stop
by Wellness between 9 a.m. –Noon & 1-4 p.m. Sept. 12-17. These snazzy little bags
also make great gifts. Limit 2 per person.
Ecology Action Center (EAC)
202 W. College Ave, Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 454-3169
Interactive Recycling Center Map:
Tuesday, September 14: Transportation
The Go to Good Commuter Challenge is a weeklong event designed to encourage healthier
lifestyles and promote the use of alternative transportation instead of driving alone.
The Challenge is a friendly competition between individuals, teams and workplaces
to see who can rack up the most alternative transportation miles. During the week,
participants track and report their commutes online. Public transit, walking, bicycling,
car sharing, carpooling, vanpooling, and telecommuting all count for the competition.
The first challenge is scheduled for Sept. 13-17 and then annually the third week
of May (May 16-20, 2011). It’s open to anyone who lives, works, goes to school, or
regularly commutes in or to McLean County. Register at http://www.wglt.org/goodtogo
Why participate? By driving less, we can all save money on gas and vehicle maintenance as well as
reduce the vehicle emissions that cause air pollution. Walking and biking also are
good exercise, and carpooling and riding the bus are great ways to build community.
And if those aren’t good enough reasons…you can win prizes! Sign up today for the
Commuter Challenge and begin thinking about how you’ll spend your dollars that otherwise
would have been pumped into the gas tank.
How does it work? Every participant establishes a profile and logs their commutes daily. The information
tracked for each commute includes:
• Mode of transit used
• Number of miles traveled
• Calories burned
• Money saved
• Avoided emissions
At the end of the week the results are tallied to determine the winners in each category.
What is a qualifying commute? A “commute” means any trip you would have otherwise driven in a car by yourself.
In addition to work and school trips, examples include shopping, running errands,
dentist visit, going to a place of worship, etc.
Second Annual Saucy Salsa Throwdown!
Tuesday, Sept. 14, Noon-1 p.m.
Davidson Room, Memorial Center
IWU Wellness and Multicultural Student Affairs are teaming up to bring you a Saucy
Salsa Throwdown! Use up the last of those summer tomatoes, put together your best
salsa or salsas, and enter to win a gift certificate to your favorite local Hispanic
restaurant. An extra challenge this year is to try to make your salsa with all local
ingredients! Farmers’ markets will have what you need, if it doesn’t grow at home!
All are welcome to taste test and help determine the winner!
To register your salsa, call ext. 3334 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 11.
Workshop: Bicycle Maintenance & Repair with Chris Sweet
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: North side of Shirk Center between football stadium & Shirk
Own a bike? If you’re off campus, and within biking distance, ride to campus today.
Or, if you are on campus, own a bike and commute about town, bring your bike down
to Shirk Center and get some hands-on experience that will help you keep your bike
in tip-top condition. If your bike cannot accompany you to campus, everyone is welcome.
Please join Chris Sweet for this informative workshop.
Bloomington/Normal Mass Transit
104 East Oakland Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61701-5248
Vitesse Cycle Shop
206 S. Linden St.
Normal, IL 61761
Bloomington Cycle and Fitness
712 E. Empire St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
1001 West Market Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Wednesday, September 15: Food
Workshop: Looking for an easy (and delicious!) way to reduce your impact? Eat Local!
Presented by Marsha Veninga from the Heartland Local Food Network
Wednesday, Sept. 15, Noon-1 p.m.
Cartwright Room, Memorial Center
Did you know that approximately 95% of the food we eat in Illinois is imported? What’s
more, the food on your plate has traveled an average of 1,500 miles! Eating local,
sustainably produced food is not only good for the planet, your body and the community,
but is also easy! Central Illinois farmers produce everything from fruits and vegetables,
to milk, cheese, meat, fish, honey, maple syrup and popcorn. There is no need to
buy tomatoes in August that come all the way from California (or worse, China!) We
have grocery stores, farmers’ markets and CSAs where you can buy fresh, delicious,
nutritious local food. Don’t cook? No problem! Many area restaurants are now serving
local food. Come find out what local food is and how it can help you reduce your
Sodexo Organic Entrée for Faculty/Staff & Student Faculty/Staff Dining Room:
Lunch: Organic Baked Potato Bar featuring organic Idaho Potato, butter, broccoli and
shredded cheese. Berthoff Commons, ETC-ETC Station Lunch and Dinner : Organic Baked
Potato Bar featuring organic Idaho potatoes, butter, broccoli and shredded cheese.
Screening of Film: Food, Inc
Ames, Beckman Auditorium: 7 p.m. (91 minutes)
Heartland Local Food Network
Buy Fresh Buy Local Food Guide 2010-2011 Food Guide (pdf)
What’s FRESH at the FARMERS’ MARKET
7:30 a.m.-Noon on the Square in Downtown Bloomington rain or shine!
Thursday, September 16: Energy
Energy efficient washers come to IWU!
At IWU, students do more than 100 loads of laundry a day, and our recent shift to
high efficiency washers will result in significant energy and water savings over prior
years. However, just because laundry machines are free doesn't mean they come without
a cost! Check out your laundry room today to learn some specifics about the energy
and water cost of our new machines, and some simple steps that you can take to reduce
the impact of your laundry.
Screening of Film: Flow
Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library, 7 p.m
Heartland Community College: The Green Institute
Contact: Rebecca Rossi (309) 268-8402
2010 Illinois Energy Expo-Free Event
October 30, Residential Workshops & Expo
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday, September 17: Water
Workshop: The Impact of Waste
Presented by Michael Brown, Director of The Ecology Action Center
Noon-1 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center
How do your personal consumption and waste generation habits impact the environment?
How should you dispose of household chemicals, paints, and other potentially hazardous
items? Are "compostable" plastics better than Styrofoam? Isn't composting a waste
of time since these things biodegrade in the landfill anyway? Why are mercury-containing
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) better for the environment than traditional incandescent
bulbs? Michael Brown of the Ecology Action Center will address important issues of
solid waste and protecting our local water supplies and dispel common misperceptions
about the impacts of our choices.
Test your taste! Can you differentiate between bottled, filtered and tap water?
Stop by the DugOut this afternoon to put your palate to the test and learn about the
real costs involved with the production of potable water.
Drug Disposal Program comes to Illinois Wesleyan
Help keep our drinking water clean, dispose of drugs properly.
Many pharmaceuticals are getting past our wastewater treatment plants and getting
into our drinking water. Scientists with the United States Geological Society conducted
a study of over 130 rivers, streams, and other waterways in the U.S. and found the
following pharmaceuticals in over 80 percent of those tested.
• Birth control pills
• Seizure medication
• Cancer treatments
• Pain killers
• Cholesterol-lowering compounds
In order to make it convenient to dispose of both prescription and over-the-counter
drugs properly, IWU now has a drop-box located in the entry of the Security building
at 110 E. Graham St. The drop-box site is open 24/7.
Guidelines for Disposal
Take unused and unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs to IWU Security or
other drop-off locations. Keep medications in original bottles or packaging if possible
Mark out your name and address on prescription labels.
Drop-off sites routinely send collected medications to be incinerated as part of the
ecological and safe disposal protocol. (Incinerated medications are able to create
energy that is used to power homes and businesses.)
For more information please contact Wellness at ext. 3334 or email@example.com.
Opportunity for Giving Back:
Friday Night Lights with Sierra Student Coalition (SSC)
Sept. 17, 5 p.m.
Location: Meet second floor of Shaw
Join SSC members as they go to Shaw, CLA and CNS to turn off lights, computers and
other electronics that have been left on, that otherwise would be consuming energy
the entire weekend, when people are typically not using those devices. For more information
contact Emmy Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free just to show up.
Prairie Rivers Network
Prairie Rivers Network strives to protect the rivers and streams of Illinois and to
promote the lasting health and beauty of watershed communities. By providing information,
sound science, and hands-on assistance, Prairie Rivers Network helps individuals and
community groups become effective river conservation leaders.
Much of our work focuses on how laws such as the Clean Water Act are used in Illinois
– ensuring that laws intended to protect our rivers, our environment, and ultimately,
our health are followed and enforced as intended.
This focus involves keeping a statewide perspective on issues, but it also includes
providing assistance to local people and working on local problems, where effective
policies are often initiated and later adopted at the state level. Our work spans
the range of clean water issues – from cleaning up our most polluted rivers and educating
the public on water quality and wildlife to protecting our most pristine rivers –
always with the goal of safeguarding our resources for future generations.
Other Resources on Water
Saturday, September 18: Giving Back
Opportunities for Giving Back:
Funk's Grove Work Day with SSC
Saturday, Sept. 18
Meet at 8:30 a.m. in CNS Atrium. Return around 11 a.m.
Help restore Illinois' native prairie at Funk's Grove. Projects may include collecting
seeds, removing invasive species or planting. Dress in long pants and sneakers or
To sign up contact Emmy Grace from SSC at email@example.com
Ecology Action Center
Storm Drain Stenciling
Raise awareness of water pollution causes and solutions through community outreach.
Help the EAC with storm drain stenciling efforts in Bloomington and Normal neighborhoods.
Volunteer at either 9:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. for a two and a half hour shift. Must be
able to provide your own transportation to designated meeting point. To sign up,
contact Michael Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 454-3169.
Bloomington Farmers’ Market
Volunteer Opportunities abound! The following are possible volunteer opportunities at our local Bloomington Farmers’
Kids' Corner: Help children find fun and creative ways to connect to the market. Volunteers can
help visitors create public art and play games.
Vendor Assistant: Help vendors set up their booth, wait on customers, and/or break down their booth
at the end of the day.
Token Table Volunteer: Staff the token table for one of two shifts (7:30-10 a.m. or 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.).
Accept Fresh Shares coupons, Link cards, and credit cards from customers. Dispense
tokens. Answer questions from customers.
To sign up, contact Elaine Sebald at email@example.com
ISU-IWU Habitat for Humanity Student Chapter (IWU)
Habitat ReStore (309) 454-6047 (Call to volunteer)
The Bloomington ReStore is part of the Illinois ReStore Network
West Bloomington Revitalization Project
Volunteer opportunities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, September 19: Eco-Sabbath
Community Gathering for Sharing Experiences
A time to share stories about experiences with the Experiment!
Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Snacks & beverages will be provided
What to bring: You and your stories about living with less impact!
RSVP: email@example.com (please indicate if you can attend by Sept. 16.)