News from the Aurora University community

AU community encouraged to participate in No Impact Week

Posted by on October 4, 2013

No IMpact WeekJoin the Aurora University community for No Impact Week beginning Monday, October 7. Throughout the week, students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to learn how their lives impact the world today and discover how living more sustainably can benefit the their surrounding community.

“The events are designed to make people aware of the carbon footprint their daily habits create and to show them how small changes in behavior can dramatically reduce this imprint,” says Julie Hipp, Assistant Professor of English. “We hope these events will promote responsible citizenship among members of the AU community and the greater Aurora area.”

The following lineup of activities and events are planned:

Monday, October 7: Trash Day
Film: No Impact Man
7:00 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium
Learn about the Beavans, a Manahattan-based family who abandons their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and tries to live a year while making no net environmental impact.

Electronics Recycling Drive: A campus-wide, week-long electronics recycling drive begins. Bring your electronic recyclables, including cell phones, laser cartridges, inkjet cartridges, tables/eReaders/notebooks, laptops and MP3 players to the designated bin in the Dunham Hall Atrium.

Tuesday, October 8: Transportation Day
Walk-, Bike- or Carpool-to Work Pledge: Bike, walk or carpool to school or work to reduce your use of fossil fuel. You can show us you have fulfilled your pledge by “linking” Tuesday’s status update on the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 9: Food Day
Lecture: Ryan Klassy, Kane County Farm Bureau
10:40 a.m. in University Banquet Hall South
Hear Ryan Klassy, from the Kane County Farm Bureau, speak about how his organization helps promote local, sustainable agriculture.

Thursday, October 10: Energy Day
What I Believe: Featuring Dr. Julie Hipp
Noon at the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action

Turn-off-the-Lights Pledge: Turn off, unplug and power down across campus to promote the conservation of energy. You can show us you have fulfilled your pledge by “linking” Tuesday’s status update on the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action’s Facebook page.

Friday, October 11: Water Day
Show Us Your Reusable Water Bottle
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Dunham Hall Atrium
The first 50 people to bring their reusable water bottle to Dunham Hall Atrium will receive a coupon for a free coffee from LaCarte.

Saturday, October 12: Give Back Day
Morning of Service
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Inviting the AU community to volunteer with organizations throughout the City of Aurora! Volunteer sites include Celebrate Differences, the Fox Valley Park District and the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action. To RSVP, email

To get starged, register at and then follow the steps below.

Step 1: Read the University No Impact Week How to Manual (pdf) to find great ideas and resources for completing each day’s challenge.

Step 2: “Like” the No Impact Project Facebook Page and be sure check out the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action’s Facebook page for daily event updates throughout the week.

Step 3: Fill out this brief pre-week survey.

Step 4: Finally, take a moment to watch this short video of others taking on the No Impact Week to get inspired!