Colin Beavan
Journalist and Author of No Impact Man

Colin Beavan is the author of Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America’s First Shadow War and Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case that Launched Forensic Science.  His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Mens’ Journal, Mens’ Health, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and many other national magazines. His books have been translated into Italian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. Beavan has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Talk of the Nation, and many other nationally syndicated NPR and commercial radio shows.
His new book, No Impact Man, chronicles one year living in New York while having zero impact on the environment.  This hilarious, insightful, profound look at living a sustainable life in the 21st century is destined to be a classic for years to come.
He lives in New York City with his wife Michelle Conlin, the accomplished BusinessWeek writer and editor, and their daughter, Isabella.
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No Impact ManThe Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process

For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride.

No Impact Man: An Evening With Colin Beavan: Colin talks about sustainability in the most personal narrative-- for one year, Colin decided to live a zero-impact life, and he lives in New York City. This meant: no elevators. No new "things." And much more going without. An ardent believer in "sustainability 2.0," Colin still lives, with his family, in New York.

“Colin’s talk was a hit with our employees. They found his down-to-earth style both accessible and inspirational. We ran out of books in about five minutes!”
-Jennifer Freitas, Human Resources Manager, Clif Bar & Company

“The members of the Albany Roundtable thoroughly enjoyed Colin Beavan’s presentation in May. To be better citizens, we must all grapple with the question Beavan asked in his book and movie: ‘Is it true that (someone) like me can’t make a difference? Or am I just too lazy or frightened to try?’”
-Colleen M. Ryan, President, Albany Roundtable

“Colin’s book and his on-air interview with us at AM760 inspired us to organize our own Low Impact Week, and it was a great success. His leadership and inspiration motivated our community to start taking responsibility for environmental stewardship, one person at a time.”
-David Sirota, “The David Sirota Show,” AM760 Progressive Talk, Denver

“Colin Beavan was not only the eco-leader we were looking for, but also a wise soul sharing his wholeness with us all. During the keynote speech for the 2010 GreenWeek Houston he talked about believing in yourself; believing you are so powerful that you can make a difference. His message goes beyond being ‘green’ to being universal; one with the world and with each other.”
-Maria Pesantez, United States Green Building Council Emerging Professionals, Houston

“Colin Beavan’s visit to IUPUI was an outstanding success. Colin and his staff were terrific to work with throughout the process. Colin’s public presentation to students, faculty, staff, and local community members was excellent. I was, however, especially pleased with how effectively, kindly, and inspirationally Colin worked with our students. We provided several opportunities for Colin to meet with small groups of students, who are working on sustainability issues on our campus. In every venue, Colin was generous with his time and extremely patient in responding to the students’ many questions. As a result, the students absolutely loved him. We hope that Colin will visit IUPUI again soon.”
-Gayle Williams, Indiana University – Purdue Univerity Indianapolis