My second guest in the BlogActs Series is Adam Brock, from The Wild Green Yonder. WYG is a blog about grassroots urban sustainability, alternative economics, and ecological design. It is one of my favorite green guys’ blogs. In this post, Adam shares with us his preparations for Footprint Forward, a very exciting eco-project he is helping organize, and that will take place within the university community of NYU, of which he is a part of. A wonderful example of BlogAct and truly an inspiration for all his fellow green bloggers.
NYU is huge – like, small city huge. Making progress towards sustainability in an institution of 70,000 people can be a slow and often painstaking process. But every so often, I get the chance to work on something really incredible that makes it all worth it.
My favorite campus greening project so far this semester is Footprint Forward, a university-wide challenge to live with as minuscule an impact as possible for a week. Participants will have the opportunity to calculate their footprints before and after the challenge, but Footprint Forward isn’t intended to be a competition. Rather, it’s an opportunity to build community and discover how low-impact living can enrich their own health as well as that of the planet.
The week will kick off with a lecture by our neighborhood low impact expert, No Impact Man, to be followed by an introduction to ecofootprinting led by yours truly. A group called the Gallatin Consciousness will be using the week to start a campaign to ban bottled water on campus, and we’ll be cosponsoring a talk by “Post-Carbon Cities” author Daniel Lerch. With a participant handbook, a plethora of volunteer opportunities and workshops, and even a Footprint Forward blog, there should be no shortage of opportunities for participants to connect and share tips.
As part of the community-building spirit of the program, we’re extending an open invitation to the New York community at large. If you live in the area and are interested in participating, you can sign up here.