In 2006, author Colin Beavan, a newly self-proclaimed environmentalist, left behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. His experiment became the subject of his provocative, award-wining blog noimpactman.com (one of Time Magazines Top 15 environmental blogs), his book, No Impact Man (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010), and a Sundance-selected documentary by the same name. His story provided a narrative vehicle by which he could attract broad public attention to the range of pressing environmental crises including: food system sustainability, climate change, water scarcity, and materials and energy resource depletion.
Colin’s work has been the subject of stories in the New York Time, the Christian Science Monitor, and many other national and international news outlets. Colin has appeared on The Colbert Report, Good Morning America, Nightline, The Montel Show, and all the major NPR shows. He speaks regularly to a wide variety of international audiences, including businesses, universities, and community groups.
Colin has received numerous accolades and awards. He was named one of MSN’s Ten Most Influential Men, chosen as an Eco-Illuminator by Elle Magazine, and was the Editor of Treehugger.com’s selection for Best Green Ambassador. The New York City’s Lower East Side Ecology Center has named him an Eco-Star.
Colin spent the late 80s and early 90s as a consultant to philanthropic organisations such as social housing providers, drug treatment agencies and hospitals, helping them to promote themselves in order to secure increasingly scarce, Thatcher-era funding. In 1992 he returned to the United States and wrote for magazines until the publication of his first book, Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case that Launched Forensic Science (Hyperion, 2001). He is a visiting scholar at NYU, an advisor to the Universitys Sustainability Task Force, sits on the board of directors of New York City’s Transportation Alternatives, and on the advisory council of Just Food.