Colin Beavan is an American non-fiction writer and Internet blogger noted for recording the attempts of his family to live a "zero impact" lifestyle in New York City for one year.

The rules of the experiment included producing no trash save for compost, purchasing no goods except for food grown within a 250-mile radius, using no carbon-based transportation, and using no paper products, including toilet paper.

Beavan's experiment became the subject of his provocative, award-wining blog noimpactman.com (one of Time Magazine's Top 15 environmental blogs) and  his book No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life Along the Way (2009). 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.

He and his family are the subject of a Sundance-selected documentary, No Impact Man: The Documentary, directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein.  Following the release of the book and the film, Beavan founded the No Impact Project, an international environmental non-profit dedicated to empowering citizens to make choices which better their lives and lower their environmental impact through lifestyle change, community action, and participation in environmental politics.

Beavan'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. Beavan 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.

Beavan has received numerous awards and accolades. 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."

Beavan is a visiting scholar at NYU, an advisor to the University's Sustainability Task Force, sits on the board of directors of New York City's Transportation Alternatives, and on the advisory council of Just Food.

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