Blog Posts in Environment

  • Six Tips for Building Partnerships

    At this year’s always popular South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival, a group of undergrads gained a coveted view. The Net Impact Texas State University (TSU) undergrad chapter worked hard for that spot. The group is only one of 12 undergraduate chapters to reach gold status, and it was named undergraduate Chapter of the Year in 2012. Now, by partnering with local businesses and events, Net Impact Texas State Undergrad is making an even more impressive impact. ...Read More »

  • Report from the Field: Forging New Paths as a National Parks Consultant

    The National Parks Business Plan Internship (BPI) is a highly selective summer program for graduate students studying business, public policy, environmental management, or related fields. Applications launch every year in September, with a January deadline. ...Read More »

  • WRI Taps Net Impact Students to Market New Initiative

    It is one thing to publish a report or put forward an idea, says Eliot Metzger of the World Resources Institute (WRI). It is quite another to translate that idea into a real and positive change in the world. Yet that's exactly what the WRI is doing with its latest undertaking: the Sustainability SWOT (sSWOT) initiative, which helps organizations translate broad and complex sustainability challenges into actionable strategies. ...Read More »

  • Building a Pipeline for Water Reuse

    Kate Peabody, Net Impact member and communications strategist for the CH2M HILL Water Business Group shares how we can make the most of one of our most precious resources - water. ...Read More »

  • From Chapter Leader to Clean Tech Go-To

    We're always excited to see what our members are up to - including this interview by Net Impact Boston president Barbara Seymour, recently published on the chapter's website. Net Impact Boston President Barbara Seymour caught up with member Ian Lavery last month to find out how he went from an 18-year-old kid maybe studying the brain and psychology in college to the go-to guy for sustainability questions at Cate Street Capital. ...Read More »

  • The Challenges of Ascribing Value to Natural Capital

    Guest author Sonal Pandya Dalal, Senior Advisor for Corporate Leadership Strategies at Conservation International, will be facilitating the Natural Capital and the Application of Valuing Ecosystem Services workshop at next week's 2012 Net Impact Conference. ...Read More »

  • Slashing a Conference's Footprint

    Think about the last big event you attended - low impact is probably not the first phrase that pops into your head. Event planning leaves a heavy footprint - you're essentially keeping the lights on for three days straight while thousands of people gulp down food, flush toilets, and leave their trash behind. ...Read More »

  • From the South Side to the Riverside: One MBA's Service Learning Experience

    What does a b-school student from the south side of Chicago end up doing over the course of a summer spent along a 48-mile stretch of river in Georgia? Financial analysis, of course. William Gordon, Jr. was a second-year MBA candidate at Darden focusing on social enterprise and sustainability, when he spent a summer working in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Atlanta, GA as a National Park Service Business Plan Intern. "Even though it's a great resource in a major metropolitan area," William says of the park, "it doesn't get the visitors that other parks get." ...Read More »

  • Bringing Energy Audits to Small Business

    Ever sit in a class just daydreaming? While you're tapping your fingers thinking about the closing joke Ira made in last week's This American Life, the fellow next to you might just be having a silent epiphany about how to help America's small businesses shrink their $60 billion energy footprint. That was Net Impact DC member Daniel Hill 18 months ago in his MBA accounting class. Daniel had been thinking about the lack of attention given toward small businesses looking to become more sustainable organizations, all because their building, budget, or name was too small. ...Read More »

  • Check Out These Winning Ideas for Social Innovation

    If you've ever wondered how to measure the value of diversity - ethnic diversity, certainly, but also diversity of backgrounds, diversity of ideas, and diversity of skills -look no further than the winners of this year's Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge. Open to universities across the country, the Challenge, in partnership with Net Impact, gave 50 teams the chance to pitch their sustainable business solution or product to Walmart executives (and score some seed funding). ...Read More »

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