University of Calgary

July 29, 2013

Common Reading Program 2013

The provocative choice for this year’s Common Reading Program is No Impact Man, by Colin Beavan, an account of one family’s experiment to live for an entire year without leaving any environmental footprint. Students who are new to campus are encouraged to read the book, reflect critically on its messages, and take part in Orientation Week activities designed to acquaint them with their fellow students and the university. Interested in joining this shared experience? This edition of UToday explores how you can support the Common Reading Program, and how the book challenges us to respond — as individual consumers and as community leaders — to one of the defining scientific, economic, and social issues of our time.

Common Reading Program gets personal with provocative selection: No Impact Man
Students challenged to reflect on consequences of personal choice, their roles as leaders.

Q&A: Interview with Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man
‘What part can I play in making my life better and also making the world better?’

BLING BLING! This year’s charity designate is Green Calgary
Funds raised during faculty competition will support range of mindful consumption programs.

How to be a No Impact Calgarian
Local resources support individual and family choices for sustainable living.

How to get involved: Sign up as a discussion facilitator
Volunteers vital for success of program now in its 3rd year.

My No Impact strategy: Learning to love other people’s stuff and their stories
Opting for secondhand clothes adds personal flavour to lifestyle choice.

Southern Alberta Flood

In their own words: Four nursing students share experiences from front lines
‘It felt good knowing that I had a made a difference in people’s lives.’


Science instructors thrive in teaching and learning workshops
Feedback positive as series focuses on developing key skills for instructors.

Campus Connection

IT rolls out stronger controls against email spam, malware
New service applied to all university accounts.


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