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Author Colin Beavan Details Experience 'Off the Grid' During Oct. 2 Free Event

Beavan's newly-released book describes his eventful year limiting his impact on the environment

9/30/2009 1:36:42 PM


LYNCHBURG — Randolph College will feature Colin Beavan, author of the newly released No Impact Man, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

The free event will be held in Smith Hall Theatre and is open to the public.

Beavan’s book, No Impact Man, was released Sept. 11, 2009. In the book, Beavan details “his life as a guilty liberal who finally snaps, swears off plastic, goes organic, becomes a bicycle nut, turns off his power, and generally becomes a tree-hugging lunatic who tries to save the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his baby daughter and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons-loving wife along for the ride.”

Beavan is the author of two previous books that have absolutely nothing to do with the environment: Fingerprints: The Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science and Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America’s First Shadow War. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, and he posts regularly at He lives in New York City.

Beavan’s experience also prompted him to create the No Impact Project, an international, environmental, nonprofit project founded in the spring of 2009. This organization’s mission is to empower citizens to make choices which better their lives and lower their environmental impact through lifestyle change, community action, and participation in environmental politics. To learn more about the project go to:

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