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Students at Synergy Event with Colin Beavan

Past Events

2010-11 Synergy Events

Events are free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public, unless otherwise noted.

Synergy Conversation Day (A UNCWelcome Event)

Sunday, August 22, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Clock Tower Lounge, Fisher Student Center

Join students, faculty, and staff for an informal discussion of this year's Common Reading selection, No Impact Man. Complimentary copies of the book will be available for upperclassmen and free coffee is provided. All students and campus community welcome.

Other discussion groups are available throughout the day in the residence halls. Check with your RA about times and locations.

No Impact Man: the Documentary (2009)

Sunday, September 19, Showtimes: 4 pm & 7 pm, Lumina Theater, Fisher Student Center

This documentary, an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, follows author Colin Beavan's year-long quest with his wife and daughter to create virtually no impact on the environment. Directed by Laura Babbert and Justin Schlein, not-rated, 93 minutes.

Co-sponsored with UNCW ECO Club.

An Evening with Colin Beavan, Author of No Impact Man

Monday, September 20, 7 - 8:30 pm, Kenan Auditorium

What does it really take to live eco-effectively? For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save hte planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. With No Impact Man, Beavan found that no-impact living is worthwhile - and richer, fuller, and more satisfying in the bargain.

Audience Q&A session and book-signing to follow. Tickets are free for students, faculty, and staff, and are available beginning August 13. For tickets, call Kenan Box Office at (910) 962-3500. Co-presented by the UNCW Leadership Lecture Series and University College.

UNCW No Impact Week: "A One-Week Carbon Cleanse"

Sunday, September 26 - Sunday, October 3

Join the UNCW community for a one-week challenge to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It's not about giving up your creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether modern "conveniences" you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money.

Click here for a complete outline of daily activities, resources, and events.

No Impact Lunch

Wednesday, September 29, 10:30 - 2:30 pm, Wagoner Hall

North Carolina vendors will showcase their products and give out samples ranging from chocolates to hot sauce while UNCW groups promote their specific causes and share information with attendees about ways they too can minimize their impact on the environment. In addition to the farmer's market, a local lunch will be served inside Wagoner Dining Hall including farm-raised tilapia, smoked turkey quesadillas, and eggplant ratatouille, all featuring products purchased from local vendors. Advance tickets to the lunch can be purchased at any dining location for a discounted price of $7.00/person.

Co-sponsored by Campus Dining and Housing and Residence Life.

Synergy Panel Discussion, "Sustainability: Why Does it Matter?"

Thursday, October 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Computer Information Systems (CIS) 1008

Sustainability is a loaded word because it can be interpreted in many ways. An economist may use the word "sustainability" and apply the concept diferently than a biologist would. So, what is sustainability and why is it important to think about? Join a variety of UNCW faculty for a panel discussion about what sustainability means to each of them and why it may be valuable to help us better understand the world and ourselves.

Junk to Funk: Post-Consumer Fashions

Wednesday, October 13 - Thursday, November 4, Boseman Gallery, Fisher Student Center

Join faculty and students in the Department of Theatre's costume and design program to design wearable art and couture fashion out of trash and recycled materials. This eco-friendly exhibition inspires individuals towards responsible consumerism, creative re-use and conscientious disposal.

Students interested in designing outfits should email the Boseman Gallery at

Synergy Coffee Conversation (Family Weekend Event)

Saturday, October 16, 10:30 - 11:30 am, Java City, Randall Library

Join students, faculty, staff, and family for an informal discussion of this year's Common Reading selection, No Impact Man by Colin Beavan.

Fall Sustainability Garden Launch (Family Weekend Event)

Saturday October 16, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Hillcrest Public Housing, 1402 Meares Street

Help with the fall garden launch event for the sustainability garden at the Wilmington Housing Authority/UNCW Community Campus at Hillcrest. Plant a variety of collards, greens, and herbs and learn more about this university/community parternship from students involved with the Community Campus.