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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • No Impact Week aims for a large impact

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  • No Impact Week is happening in mid-April at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Throughout the week, the public will have the opportunity to learn about how their everyday activities impact the earth and ways to reduce their “carbon footprint.”
     
    The week is inspired by Colin Beavan’s book “No Impact Man.” No Impact Week will highlight an environmental theme each day and provide people with opportunities to learn how to become more informed and mindful consumers.
    All events are free and open to the public.
     
    Monday, April 15:
    Consumption, trash and recycling
     
    No Impact Freecycle Extravaganza, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the atrium of the Havener Center. The freecycle is a no-money “yardsale.” The public is welcome to donate any household items they no longer use and take home any donated items they find interesting. No cash changes hands and leftover items will be donated to a local resale shop.
     
    l Electronic waste drop-off, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the atrium of the Havener Center. Bring in unwanted electronics for proper disposal. Almost any item with a cord or a battery will be accepted. No smoke detectors, tube TVs or CRT monitors, but used batteries are welcome.
     
    Book swap-and-drop, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the atrium of the Havener Center. Drop off your unwanted books and take home something new to read.
     
    Tuesday, April 16: Energy
     
    Solar Village tours, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Solar Village on 10th street. Tour the solar homes in S&T’s Solar Village and learn how to improve your home’s efficiency. Tours start at the top of each hour.
     
    Help plant the Green Roof, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet in the walkway in front of Emerson Hall oat the top of each hour to help plant the green roof. Please wear soft, flat-soled shoes – no heels.
     
    “Switch” screening, 7 p.m. in Room G-3 Schrenk Hall. See the energy documentary directed by Harry Lynch. This screening is presented in conjunction with the Society of Petroleum Engineers and will feature a question-and-answer session with a panel of local experts after the film.
     
    Wednesday, April 17: Transportation
     
    Bicycle tune-ups, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Puck located in the center of campus. Members of the S&T Cycling Club will fix your bicycle for free and get it ready for spring.
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    Farmer’s Market, 2-4 p.m. outside the Havener Center. Chartwells will host a farmers market showcasing fresh fruits and vegetables.
     
    Thursday, April 18: Water
     
    Water Taste Test, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the atrium of the Havener Center. Find out if you can taste a difference between bottled and tap water. Participants will receive a free reusable water bottle.
     
    Rolla Municipal Utilities light and water displays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the atrium of the Havener Center. See how much energy different light bulbs use and how replacing even a single one in your house could change your “carbon footprint” and your electric bill.
     
    Friday, April 19: Food
     
    Phelps County Master Gardeners, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Curtis Laws Wilson Library plaza. The Phelps County Master Gardeners will promote and explain the benefits of gardening and vermicomposting. Visitors will receive a free mini herb garden to take home.
     
    Saturday, April 20:
    Give back day
     
    Volunteers are needed for all three of the following events:
     
    Outdoor cleanup, 9 a.m., meet at Havener Center parking lot. Join the S&T Eco-Miners to clean up various local public locations and brighten the community.
     
    Community Garden kick-off day, 9 a.m., meet at Havener Center parking lot. See how green your thumb is by volunteering to help out at the Rolla Community Garden.
     
    The Community Partnership Resale Shop, noon, meet at Havener Center parking lot. Volunteers will assist the resale shop and see how reducing your impact doesn’t mean just turning off a light bulb.
     
    Sunday, April 21:
    Eco-Sabbath
     
    Various residential life-led activities for students living on campus. Students should see their resident adviser for more details.
     
    Monday, April 22:
    No Impact Author
     
    Colin Beavan, the author of “No Impact Man,” will visit S&T for Rolla Earth Day. He will give a public lecture on his book and cover several environmental topics, focusing on small changes that can have a large impact on the size of your carbon footprint. Beavan’s talk will take place at 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center in Gale-Bullman Multi-Purpose Building, and is free and open to the public. Copies of “No Impact Man” will be available for purchase at the event.
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    |For more information, visit http://onebook.mst.edu/events/ or contact Dr. Kate Drowne, associate professor of English and technical communication at S&T, by emailing kdrowne@mst.edu or calling 341-4685.
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