The University of Kentucky has selected Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man for the 2011 Common Reading Experience! All incoming students will receive a copy, customized with the UK Common Reading Experience logo on the cover and an introductory letter from the president of the university bound into the front pages. They’ll read the book this summer and arrive on campus in the fall ready to discuss No Impact Man—the book, the author, the philosophy, and the initiative—with faculty, staff, and upperclass student leaders.
Discussion groups will meet during K Week, UK’s welcome week for new Wildcats, held before fall classes begin. To help break the ice among new classmates, students will bring the assignment they’ll have completed over the summer: a QLC reading response that poses three questions:
—Q – Indicate your favorite quote from the book, and explain why.
—L – Indicate what life lesson you have taken away from the reading.
—C – Indicate which character or person in the book with whom you most identify, and explain why.
This approachable assignment will get students engaged with No Impact Man and help them collect their thoughts about the book as they read. Their prepared responses will become a natural foundation for conversations that could continue throughout the school year.
The programs and events planned to surround the book by the CRE Programming Advisory Board and the UK Office of Sustainability will provide plenty of opportunities to continue those conversations. A farmer’s market, several film screenings, and a visit to campus by Colin “No Impact Man” Beavan himself are on the schedule, along with a host of events to take place during “Make an Impact!” Week in September. “Make an Impact!” Week, UK’s spin on the No Impact Experiment, is a series of themed days that each emphasize a different conservation challenge: Energy, Water, Transportation, Food, and Service.
The University will also host its fifth annual Big Blue Goes Green showcase to promote “current and on-going sustainability-related efforts at UK, and to recognize the work of the individuals and departments or units responsible for these programs.” Students can lunch on a locally-grown meal prepared by UK Dining Services and find out how they can get involved.
Students are already reading No Impact Man, and they’re already getting excited about the No Impact philosophy! Civil Engineering major Jordan Ellis prepares his roommates-to-be for a semester of trash-free fun on Twitter:
Finished No Impact Man time to start my own project, get ready roommates of Fall ’11. #AllfunNotrash
— Jordan Ellis (@ukjellis) May 23, 2011
More schools that have adopted No Impact Man for common reading programs are listed here. Read about other schools that have taken on the No Impact Experiment challenge here at Macmillan Reads or at NoImpactProject.org.
No Impact Man • Picador • 288 pages