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TEDxPotomac - Colin Beavan - To Hell with Sustainability

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Published on Nov 3, 2010

Colin Beavan is an American grassroots green movement leader whose non-profit, The No Impact Project, helps citizens choose happier, more sustainable lifestyles. He founded the effort after launching a year-long project in 2006 when he, his wife, his daughter, and his dog went off the grid and attempted to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible.

Colin's experiment in lifestyle redesign is the subject of his book and a Sundance-selected documentary. He also was named one of MSN's Ten Most Influential Men of 2007 and an Eco-Illuminator in Elle Magazine's 2008 Green Awards. He has been featured in the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor, and he has appeared on "The Colbert Report," "Good Morning America," and "Nightline."

Colin, a PhD electronic engineer, spent the late 80s and early 90s as a consultant to philanthropic organizations such as social housing providers, drug treatment agencies, and hospitals, helping them to promote themselves in order to maintain funding.

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