Cleveland State University Picks Walkable City for the 2014 Common Reading Experience

Jeff Speck’s Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, is the 2014 Common Reading Experience title at Cleveland State University.

The book will be required reading for all first-year students enrolled in ASC 101: Introduction to University Life. ASC 101 is an orientation course that emphasizes “the nature and the value of a college education in relationship to one’s intellectual development, degree attainment, career success, and quality of life.”

According to the CSU Office of Student Learning Assessment, some of the self-reported positive learning outcomes for students who take ASC 101 include: understanding college expectations, general education requirements, and the University structure and policies; awareness of the campus resources that are available and how to access them; increased awareness of academic majors and career interest; developing new strategies for studying and learning; setting goals and taking responsibility for them; and others.

Beyond the classroom, many events related to Walkable City will take place on and around the CSU campus throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. An author visit and Q&A; lectures and exhibits about architecture, urban planning and development, and public life; behind-the-scenes tours of university facilities that are not usually open to students; a Q&A with a current City Councilperson; walking tours in and around Downtown Cleveland; and more events are in the works.

Some of those tours will be guided by Cleveland Historical, a free mobile app developed by the University’s Center for Public History + Digital Humanities that combines still and moving images, audio, documents, and a collections of more than 500 local stories with live maps and the geolocation capabilities on a user’s mobile device to take them on an interactive, multidimensional tour of the region.

Each year, the CRE book is selected by a committee of university administrators, faculty from a variety of disciplines, campus life representatives, and students.

The goal of this common reading program is to create a shared learning experience that fosters student engagement, retention, and personal development beyond the classroom. In pursuing this initiative, CSU joins college campuses throughout the country that make this part of the freshman year experience. Although directed primarily at freshmen, we hope to engage the entire campus in this reading experience through promoting the book in other courses and sponsoring campus-wide activities to highlight the reading and its intersection with different disciplines and issues.

The Common Reading Experience, EngagedScholarship@CSU

Walkable City is a great choice for Cleveland State; their city is the 16th most walkable large city in the U.S., and the 4th most walkable city in Ohio according to Walk Score, a group that evaluates an area’s “walkability” by analyzing how accessible local destinations like grocery stores, theaters, parks, restaurants, and retail are on foot.

Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Very Walkable

Explore Downtown on Walk Score

Cleveland State’s previous CRE books include Colin Beavan’s No Impact ManClick here to see the other schools that have adopted these Popular Picks for common reading from Macmillan!

Walkable City • North Point Press • 320 pages

No Impact Man is the 2013-2014 Common Read at UMass Amherst

The Common Read program at UMass Amherst is making an impact that’s bigger than ever—on the Class of 2017, not on the planet. The 2013-2014 selection is No Impact Man, Colin Beavan’s humorous memoir about his family’s attempt to live a year without producing waste (like garbage, toxins, and carbon emissions) or consuming excessively (resources like water, electricity) to achieve a zero-impact lifestyle in New York City.

And this year, “UMass Amherst has extended Common Read events through the first nine weeks of the fall semester and has widened its compass to include members of the local community.” The author kicked things off with an appearance at New Student Convocation on September 1; he returned to campus this month to follow up with students and answer their questions in “A Conversation with Colin Beavan,” moderated by Steve Goodwin, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.

 The Common Read offers a shared intellectual experience for all first-year and transfer students. Faculty and administrators created the Read to foster critical thinking and discussion among students, faculty, and staff . . . Discussions will [cover] the values of participatory democracy, the importance of individual action as well as collective action, and the demands and rewards of living with conviction and integrity to one’s own principles. The Common Read hopes to jumpstart the global, adaptive outlook of the Class of 2017 and their sense of living in a shared world.

No Impact Man: Common Reading for the Class of 2017

UMass Amherst No Impact Man Custom FYI Logo

UMass Amherst’s Custom Edition of No Impact Man – Click to Zoom

At Summer New Student Orientation, all first-year students received a copy of No Impact Man, customized with the logo for the university’s college transition and success program, FYI: First-Year Intelligence. The program aims to broaden students’ intellectual horizons; help them build relationships with other students, faculty, and staff; and provides academic and personal support throughout their college transition.

Though the Common Read is intended primarily for new students, the themes in this year’s book are relevant to the university as a whole and have applications across campus. Members of the community spent the first two months of the semester raising awareness about conservation and consumption, making changes to campus operations, and running a university-wide No Impact Experiment, October 6-12.

UMass Amherst No Impact Week 2013

UMass Amherst Sustainability Initiative’s No Impact Week Schedule – Click to Zoom

Faculty-lead book discussions were  held over dinner in every first-year residential cluster, and the documentary film about Colin’s experience was screened in every first-year residence hall. The Office of Residential Life also promoted resources for Living Sustainably at UMass, like the Student Government Association’s campus bike share and a model sustainable dorm room.

Many of these programs will remain fixtures on campus, representing the university’s commitment to the environment. For instance, the UMass Sustainability Initiative monitors energy consumption on campus with the Energy Dashboard and UMass Dining serves “local, sustainably-grown, humanely-raised, and fair trade foods,” including some produce and herbs grown in permaculture gardens right on campus. The innovative Permaculture Initiative was recognized by the White House in 2012!

Nearly thirty colleges and universities have adopted No Impact Man for common reading programs, and many have conducted their own No Impact Experiments, as well—read about them here!

No Impact Man • Picador • 288 pages

With Macmillan Books on the Reading Lists, Schools Earn STARS from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education – Part I

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education recognizes U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities that implement sustainability programs and practices on campus. Their Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) allows institutions to evaluate and report their sustainability performance with more than 100 criteria across four areas: Education & Research; Operations; Planning, Administration & Engagement; and Innovation.

A number schools have earned credits by incorporating Macmillan books into a themed semester or year focusing on sustainability or by including sustainability in new student orientation. Read about three of them now and stay tuned for more!

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Silver) has been recognized for their sustainability-related themed year: Sustainability and Community, and for assigning Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man as the summer reading book for incoming first-year students. The university also earned points from AASHE with the organic garden operated on campus by the Students for Environmental Awareness club; annual participation in Recyclemania, “a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs In North America and Canada”; hosting their third annual Bike Jam, which has grown into a month-long Bike Month Challenge; and more.

Ball State University (Silver) earned points for selecting Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe for the Freshman Connection common reading assignment in 2008. Elizabeth Kolbert visited campus to speak that year; in addition, authors Thomas L. Friedman and Ray C. Anderson, among many others, have given lectures on campus or keynotes at the university’s international interdisciplinary Greening of the Campus Conferences. Most recently, administrators and faculty from campuses all over the country attended Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy at BSU in March 2012.

Green Mountain College (Gold) racked up points toward their Gold rating with a themed semester that featured Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us. As incoming freshmen, all members of the class of 2013 received a copy of the book from the college. That fall, it was a central to their core writing course, Environmental Liberal Arts 1000: Images of Nature. Additionally, GMC seniors read Mr. Weisman’s Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World in their capstone seminar, and the author, the Fall 2009 Scholar in Residence for the master’s degree program in environmental studies, discussed both books with the undergrads at several events throughout the semester. Among the many other AASHE approved programs at GMC are: incentives for faculty who develop courses that address sustainability learning outcomes; and the REED Club, an academic program for students interested in pursuing Renewable Energy and EcoDesign (REED) certification in addition to their degree. In the fall of 2012, the curriculum will expand and GMC will offer a full 42-credit REED degree!

University of Arkansas’ One Book, One Community Title is No Impact Man

Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man is the 2011 selection for the One Book, One Community all-campus common reading program at the University of Arkansas!

First-year students will read, discuss, and write about the book in Freshman Composition; adoptions are also anticipated in other courses, especially those emphasizing rhetoric and composition, environmental studies, and sustainability (the university approved an interdisciplinary undergraduate Minor in Sustainability in April).

“[No Impact Man] has a rich personal narrative that is driven by conflict, both internal—within the author’s mind—and external—with his immediate and extended families and with consumer-driven society at large—making it a compelling read.”

Raina Smith Lyons, Interim Director of the Program in Rhetoric and Composition and One Book, One Community Committee Member

Colin Beavan will visit in October to speak with students and faculty and deliver a public lecture on campus, and also meet with local book club members at the Fayetteville Public Library, which will be collaborating with the university on the OBOC program for the third year.

“The One Book committee wanted [a book] that could tap into students’ concern about the environment [and] the university’s and community’s sustainability efforts . . . We received a number of really excellent suggestions from the campus and the community, and I think we’ve found a book that will educate, entertain and stimulate some lively discussion.”

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Jones Chair in Community, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and Co-chair, One Book, One Community Committee

Already a leader in campus sustainability practices and principles, the University of Arkansas has established a mission to reduce its environmental impact:

—through education of students and citizens about environmental stewardship and sustainability
—through research to develop knowledge and technologies that facilitate sustainability and improved environmental stewardship
—by committing to become a carbon neutral institution as soon as it is practical
—by committing to become a zero-waste institution as soon as it is practical
—by serving as an exemplar of environmental stewardship for our community, Arkansas, and the world

With support from university departments and services like the Quality Writing Center, the Sustainability Council, the Applied Sustainability Center, and Facilities Management, the OBOC committee is planning a variety of interdisciplinary and interactive events that relate to No Impact Man and the 2011 OBOC theme: Creating and Living in a Sustainable World.  Plans include a September screening of the “No Impact Man” documentary, faculty panels, visual art and design exhibitions (like Master of Fine Arts candidate Szilvia Kadas’s showcase, Small Footprint) and student action projects that promote sustainable practices on campus and in the local communities.

Read about other schools that have selected No Impact Man for common reading initiatives and their No Impact Weeks and sustainability efforts here!

No Impact Man • Picador • 288 pages

University of Kentucky Selects No Impact Man for the Common Reading Experience

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:

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

No Impact Man • Picador • 288 pages

No Impact Man: The 2011 Common Experience at Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University has selected Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man for the 2011 Common Reading Experience!  No Impact Man meets this year’s selection criteria, which called for a readable, engaging, and relevant contemporary book about the human condition or human experience, that appeals to both men and women, and is rich in content and themes that challenge students to think critically.

The objectives of the Common Reading Experience are to:

—encourage students to read beyond textbooks.
—raise awareness and tolerance of intergenerational and cultural likenesses and differences.
—promote academic discourse and critical thinking.
—provide an introduction to the expectations of higher education.
—create a sense of community among students, faculty and staff.
—integrate an academic and social experience into the campus community.

The book will be one point of focus of BGSU’s first-year transition course, UNIV1000: The University Success Seminar. UNIV1000 “exposes [first-year students] to the resources of BGSU, diverse cultures and ideas, and promotes the development of intellectual, personal, and social skills that will assist in future semesters at BGSU and beyond.”

No Impact Man will also be incorporated into BGeXperience, a unique values-based orientation program that links the academic and residential aspects of campus life with students’ personal development, recognizing all three as important elements of a fulfilling BGSU experience.  The program is “designed to help students examine their own and others’ values, understand the role values play in decision-making, and learn to make thoughtful decisions about value judgments they make.”  Watch What is BGeX? on Facebook

BGeX also fosters relationships among peers and instructors, including each student’s appointed academic advisor.  Peer Facilitators and Resident Advisors will lead small group discussions about No Impact Man during BGeXperience Introduction, held before classes begin, and many will continue to use the book in BGeX seminars and campus activities throughout the semester.

No Impact Man is an apt choice for BGSU, where green initiatives have been part of campus life for many years.  In fact, the university introduces new students to its campus-wide environmental values through the First Year Orientation program.  In the freshmen’s Survival Guide, Going Green is as important as major dates on the BGSU academic calendar and Campus Lingo!

A Student’s Guide to Green Living at BGSU outlines some of the green programs and policies set in place by Dining Services, Residential Life, Campus Operations, and the Center for Environmental Programs, as well as student organizations like the Environmental Action Group, the Environmental Service Club, and the Environmental Health Group. And students who have new ideas for sustainability initiatives can apply for funding through the Student Green Initiative Fund, established in 2009 to support green projects are proposed and implemented by BGSU students.

BGSU Student Sustainability Involvement

For two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010, Bowling Green State University selected another Popular Pick for the Common Reading Experience: This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. The BGSU Honors Program participated by inviting students, faculty, and administrators to write an essay of their own sharing the personal philosophies and core values that guide their daily lives. The Honors program published a selection of those essays in a book called Voices and Values in 2010.  Listen to two students’ This I Believe statements

More schools that have adopted No Impact Man and This I Believe for common reading programs are listed here.

No Impact Man • Picador • 288 pages

Macmillan’s Common Reading March Madness Picks!

Colleges and universities of all sizes in all regions are gearing up for the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament and Macmillan wants in on the bracketology!

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Macmillan is not affiliated with the NCAA, ESPN, or HP. Bracket Source: ESPN

Since I’m all about selecting winning books for common reading, I based my bracket picks on the schools that have adopted Macmillan titles for their programs. When neither school had—at least, not this season!—I went with the lower seed (those picks are noted in black). When Macmillan adopters went head to head, I used seed positions to make my predictions, as well.

I proposed the common reading bracket with tongue in cheek, but my little experiment has been fun and informative. Here we have a whole new perspective on the trends and the diversity in common reading selections at schools across the country.

As you can see, the competitors are very well read!

In the East, Ohio State is the favorite with Elie Wiesel’s Night, Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed, and Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man. First Four victor Clemson has previously adopted Ron Rash’s novel One Foot in Eden, and they’ll be reading his Saints at the River this fall. Common reader MVP No Impact Man is the Fall 2011 book at the University of Kentucky. Nickel and Dimed has been the common reading title at both UNC, Chapel Hill and Syracuse University. The UNC Tarheels have also read Picking Cotton and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, while Syracuse has adopted A Long Way Gone. The University of Washington represents with Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe.

Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone dominates in the West, where the universities of Texas and Tennessee have both selected the book. Hampton University first-year students have been reading Daniel Black’s They Tell Me of a Home just this year and Temple’s have read Elie Wiesel’s Night. Number two seed San Diego State University has adopted Ray C. Anderson’s Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist.

Next, we go to the Southwest, where Boston University has favorites Nickel and Dimed and A Long Way Gone on its roster. The University of Illinois has also adopted Nickel and Dimed and the University of Akron has chosen A Long Way Gone. Class Matters has been read campus-wide at the University of Richmond, while Saint Peter’s has adopted Night. Florida State students submitted their own “This I Believe” essays when the university picked This I Believe—how many of the Seminoles wrote about basketball?

Finally, in the Southeast, University of Pittsburgh students have read Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Utah State has adopted Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone and Wofford College freshmen have read Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game and Ron Rash’s One Foot in Eden. Students in the University of Wisconsin system, from Parkside to Marathon County, have read everything from This I Believe II to Deep Economy; I hope they’re all united behind the Badgers from Madison! But can sixth-seed Saint John’s take Katharine Weber’s Triangle all the way to the championship?

The Big Dance begins tomorrow—what book are you rooting for?

P.S. For more unconventional bracketology for academics, check out The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Tweed Madness!

Texas State Picks The U.S. Constitution for the 2011-12 Common Experience

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, written by Jonathan Hennessey with art by Aaron McConnell, is the summer reading book for the 2011-2012 Common Experience program at Texas State University, San Marcos.

For the Class of 2015, The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, will be a central text in the University Seminar, a course that emphasizes practical academic skills, civic responsibility, and respect for diversity in individuals and ideas.  It “encourages reflection upon the value and nature of a university education, as well as helping students to develop strategies for life-long learning.”

The university will give copies of the book to the incoming students to read this summer. In the fall, the Common Experience will commence with Fall Convocation.  There, new students will be officially welcomed as members of the TSU community, and will hear a keynote address about the 2011-2012 Common Experience theme: Freedoms: The First Amendment.

[This is] an interdisciplinary theme that affects all departments, offices, and organizations at Texas State—thus allowing for a cross-disciplinary, cross-campus, and multi-organizational conversation. The First Amendment protects the basic freedoms of religion, expression (speech), press, and assembly. Discussion and examination of the First Amendment will allow students, faculty, and staff to understand the Founding Fathers’ intentions regarding basic freedoms.

Common Experience 2011-2012

A series of film screenings, artistic and historical exhibits, lectures, mini-conferences, and community service events will proceed throughout the academic year. A complete calendar of events related to the Common Experience and the summer reading book will be posted here: 2011-2012 Common Experience Calendar

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation book trailer:

Last year, Common Experience theme at Texas State University was Sustainability: Science, Policy, and Opportunity, and the summer reading book was No Impact Man. Click here to read about the 2010-2011 Common Experience program.

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation • Hill & Wang • 160 pages

No Impact Man is Ohio State’s 2010 Buckeye Book

No Impact Man is the 2010 pick for the Buckeye Book Community at Ohio State University!  Every first-year student received a copy at summer orientation.  They read the book over the summer and returned to campus in the fall prepared to discuss it—and embark on their own No Impact experience.

For a decade, the Buckeye Book Community program selected a book about a relevant social issue and assigned the reading to the incoming first-year class.  The shared reading experience:

—Promotes reflection and dialogue among first-year students and faculty/staff around a common academic activity
—Introduces students to expectations of higher education
—Cultivates the life of the mind in and outside the classroom
—Helps foster community among first-year students
—Connects first-year students to faculty and staff through co-curricular programming
—Provides students with the opportunity to hear from the author, engage with the author through Q&A, and gain a greater understanding of the author’s motivation and writing process

Colin Beavan, author and the founder of No Impact Project, spent two days on campus this month.  In the evenings, he spoke to large audiences about why his family embarked on a year-long No Impact Experiment and how the experience changed his perception of human impact on the environment, strengthened his resolve to make longterm lifestyle changes on behalf of the planet, and shifted his personal values and goals.

Colin also joined students in smaller discussion groups to talk about writing and reading No Impact Man and share ideas about conservation and sustainability practices on campus.

Watch and Listen: “No Impact Week” at The Ohio State University

Those ideas were put into action during OSU’s No Impact Week, October 10-17.  To kick it off, Students for a Sustainable Campus sponsored the fourth annual Scarlett, Gray, and Green Fair, featuring more than forty booths (and free food, free t-shirts, and the chance to win a free bike!)  University administrative departments like the Office of Business and the Office of Energy Services, as well as environmental organizations and companies from across the state, showcased their environmentally friendly goals and achievements and encouraged students to get involved, as well.

Some students and faculty contributors to the Ohio State No Impact Blog shared their thoughts about No Impact Man and No Impact Week with the whole campus community:

“After reading No Impact Man, I realized more than ever that being environmentally friendly not only helps the environment (clearly), but could actually significantly improve my life.

For example, this book, along with my summer internship with Consider Biking, is the reason I have taken my bike on errands instead of my car. As a result, I am in better shape and have saved a lot of money on gas. Another change No Impact Man has led me to make is watching less TV. It is amazing how much more I get done now. And while I thought TV was helping me unwind, I am actually more relaxed if I read, play guitar, go running, etc.

Therefore, I am interested to see how participating in no Impact Week will further change my habits for the better. I realize that a lot of the changes are very easy and I should have already been doing them, but I think this is the push I need.”

Stacy Weisfeld, OSU Class of 2011, Vice President of Students for Recycling, Assistant to Director of Sustainability and Energy Management

Themed days throughout the week zeroed in on reducing impact in different areas.  For instance, Consumption and Trash Day included a tour of the local Rumpke Recycling facility, distribution of free recycling bins for dorm rooms, and installation of recycling stations in some common areas that were missing them.  On Food Issues Day, participants learned about sustainable food practices like eating locally and packing lunch in reusable bags.  Dining Services invited students behind the scenes to see how their food waste is handled.  For Transportation Day, OSU held an Alternate Transit Resources Fair representing greener ways to get around campus and the Columbus area and the Department of Recreational Sports hosted a Biking 101 course.

The Buckeye Book Program and OSU’s No Impact Week made local headlines: Book Inspires OSU Students To Limit Impact

Colin’s No Impact Project organization can customize a program for any campus.  Interested?  Learn more

In previous years, Ohio State has adopted Elie Wiesel’s Night and Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America for the Buckeye Book Community.

No Impact Man • Picador • 288 pages

No Impact Man: Summer Reading and All-Campus Initiative at Texas State University, San Marcos!

Texas State University, San Marcos has picked Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man for this year’s Summer Reading Program!  Incoming freshmen are all reading the book before they head to school this fall.

Several students have taken the time to write to Colin and let him know that No Impact Man has already had an impact on them! Read students’ letters

The book will be a focal point in University Seminar, “a course designed to help meet transitional needs of new Texas State University students. The course encourages reflection upon the value and nature of a university education, as well as helping students to develop strategies for life-long learning. Course content includes class discussion, student participation, and involvement in the university community.”

The shared reading and University Seminar are just two parts of TSU’s Common Experience initiative.  The 2010-2011 Common Experience theme is Sustainability: Science, Policy, and Opportunity; related programming will go on across campus and extend into the local community throughout the coming year.

“[Sustainability] engages quality of life issues that include personal accountability and social, economic, and political considerations. Engaging sustainability on this broader basis must include these considerations: What exactly do we want to sustain and why? What current and future needs are we working to meet? . . . The only way in which these problems can be realistically addressed is through interdisciplinary dialogue, outreach, and education . . . Indeed, issues of sustainability not only involve an understanding of our history, but compel us to look ahead to the future.”

2010-2011 Common Experience Theme, Texas State University

The Common Experience also includes a community learning component. Working as a team, each residence hall will implement a sustainability project through which “students will positively interconnect with the University, local, and global communities.”

For their Hall Project, students might volunteer to maintain the City’s nature trails; team up with the Student Association for Campus Activities to sponsor a screening of the No Impact Man documentary, or other related films; adopt an endangered species and advocate for its protection; or declare their residence hall a “No Impact Dorm.”

Colin Beavan will speak on campus on September 22 and kick off a campus-wide No Impact Week initiative, presented by Colin’s organization, No Impact Project. The organization can customize a program for any campus.  Interested?  Learn more

No Impact Man • Picador • 288 pages