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Thursday, May 6, 2010

“No Impact Man: An Evening with Colin Beavan”

Beavan will be Visiting Speaker at Annual Meeting on May 18

Author, blogger and environmentalist Colin Beavan will be the featured speaker at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

The event is open to the public, and will be held at the historic University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The reception will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and will feature a social hour with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a short update on the Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series and a presentation by the visiting speaker. Tickets start at $35.

Colin Beavan is the author of No Impact Man (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, September 2009). Beavan describes himself as an author who “got tired of listening to himself complain about the world without ever actually doing anything about it.” Thus, in November, 2006, Beavan launched a year-long project in which he, his wife, his two-year-old daughter and his four-year-old dog went off the grid and attempted to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible.

Beavan has a Ph D in electronic engineering from the University of Liverpool. He spent several years as a consultant to philanthropic organizations such as social housing providers, drug treatment agencies and hospitals. He is director of the No Impact Project, a visiting scholar at New York University, an advisor to the University’s Sustainability Task Force, and sits on the board of directors of New York City’s Transportation Alternatives and on the advisory council of Just Food.

“The Albany Roundtable was founded in 1979 to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among people active in business, the arts, education, not‐for‐profits, governments, neighborhoods and other urban activities,” said Colleen Ryan, president of the all-volunteer not-for-profit organization. “The Albany Roundtable has long embraced the ideals of sustainability, as well as civic and personal responsibility. To be better citizens, we must all grapple with the question Colin Beavan asked at the beginning of his book: ‘Is it true that a guy like me can’t make a difference? Or am I just too lazy or frightened to try?’”

The Albany Roundtable’s previous Visiting Speakers have included Jaime Correa (planner, architect and professor at the University of Miami); Stan Eckstut (NYC architect, Battery City Project); Tony Hiss (Project for Public Spaces); Robert McNulty (Partners for Livable Places); Paul Pritchard (National Parks and Conservation Association); Richard Bradley (proponent of Downtown business districts); Ray Oldenburg (The Great Good Place); James Howard Kunstler (author and new urbanist); Jane Holtz Kay (architecture critic, author of Asphalt Nation); Joseph P. Riley (Mayor, Charleston, South Carolina); Richard Reinhart (Buffalo Place); and others.

Tickets for the reception must be purchased by Friday, May 14. Invitations and RSVP forms can be viewed and printed by following these links. For more information, email or call Colleen Ryan at 518-428-9348.