Reducing Our Impact

It’s greener to buy locally grown produce. That’s why No Impact Week included a farmer’s market on campus.

It’s greener to buy locally grown produce. That’s why No Impact Week included a farmer’s market on campus.

The week of September 14, FIT joined the ranks of dozens of American colleges in observing No Impact Week, an effort to educate students about reducing their environmental footprint. The idea originated with Colin Beavan, “No Impact Man,” who spoke at FIT in 2012 about his yearlong effort to create zero environmental impact. FIT’s Sustainability Council, which organized the event, gave each day a different theme, from waste to food to energy.

Featured top image: Students, faculty, and staff visited the Sims Material Recovery Facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where New York City’s plastic, glass, and metal recyclables are sorted using a staggeringly complex system of conveyor belts, lasers, and magnets. Hue staff writer Jonathan Vatner organized the trip.