Are You Up for the Challenge?


Sustainable Delaware Ohio is seeking participants who’d like to explore new and better ways to live.

The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse. It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It’s not about giving up creature comforts, but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern “conveniences” you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money.

This experiment was inspired by Colin Beavan’s one year experiment with No Impact living in New York City. (See below.) The No Impact Experiment is an eight day version of Colin and his family’s yearlong experiment. Each day of the program has its own theme and challenge that builds on the next so that by the end of the week you are virtually living No Impact. The daily challenges are as follows:

  • Sunday, Oct. 1: Consumption
    Description: Don’t buy anything new (except for food!)
  • Monday, Oct. 2: Trash
    Description: Don’t create any trash.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 3: Transportation
    Description: Only transport yourself through environmentally friendly ways such as biking, walking, public transportation or carpooling.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4: Food
    Description: Only eat local food and cut down on your meat consumption.
  • Thursday, Oct. 5: Electricity
    Description: Cut back on your electricity use or stop it all together.
  • Friday, Oct. 6: Water
    Description: Cut back on your water use.
  • Saturday, Oct. 7: Giving Back
    Description: Give back to your community.
  • Sunday, Oct. 8: Eco-Sabbath
    Description:Unplug and reflect. You and the environment take a break.

We believe it is not only possible, but is necessary to discover ways to live that are better for both people and the planet. The No Impact Week is particularly powerful when communities of people take on this challenge together. The No Impact Week is an immersive, educational program that empowers participants to 1) experience how lower impact living can benefit the planet, the people, and the individual too, and 2) create a community that is engaged and excited about sustainability and involvement in the environmental movement. SDO is planning several public events for this week.

Will you accept the challenge? If so, please sign up here. You can expect to receive weekly updates from us and daily updates during No Impact Week. You’re also encouraged to share your own reflections on this experience with us via email or social media. We’re all in this together, and we can all learn from each other.

I accept the challenge.