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Net Impact blog posts tagged as "Member Stories" | Every day, Net Impact members work hard to make an impact at their jobs, on their campuses, and in their communities. These are just a few of their stories.

Every day, Net Impact members work hard to make an impact at their jobs, on their campuses, and in their communities. These are just a few of their stories.

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Apr 22
The Intrapreneur Era

The Intrapreneur Era

Spotlighting impact heroes in a Guardian Sustainable Business series

What do coffee, dish soap, and conferences all have in common? [Pause for head scratches]. Well, for one, they’re all spurring sustainability stories driven by “regular employees.”

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Oct 24
My Seventh Net Impact Conference

My Seventh Net Impact Conference

Net Impacter Brandon Tidwell shares his journey of corporate changemaking

Seven years ago, I began my Net Impact journey. Funny thing is, I went at it backwards...

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Aug 22
Report from the Field: Forging New Paths as a National Parks Consultant

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

Our intrepid Business Plan Internship (BPI) consultants are starting to report back from the field. Having spent the summer in Pinnacles National Park, Cassidy Morris, an MBA candidate at NYU Stern School of Business, reflects on the transformative experience of stepping out of her comfort zone for a memorable summer…

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Apr 16
Clinton  Honors Federal Debt Campaign at CGIU

Clinton Honors Federal Debt Campaign at CGIU

Students remind peers, “It’s Up to Us” when it comes to fiscal future

In 2012 our government had to borrow $1.1 trillion to cover its expenses. Unfortunately, one group in particular will bear the brunt of our runaway debt — young people. Ironically, this group is often left out of the conversation. Why? Maybe they’re too self-absorbed. Or perhaps they’re simply apathetic...

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Feb 27
Renewing the Idea of a Resilient Future

Renewing the Idea of a Resilient Future

OneEnergy Scholars build a network of renewable energy leaders

It often takes a crisis to get everyone talking about renewables – for instance, when energy grids cripple into wide-scale blackout. Yet, time and again, especially in the United States, conversation falls to the wayside in place of other issues vying for the public’s attention. Fortunately, OneEnergy Scholars are set on talking about and tackling those challenges head on.

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Feb 19
Want to Drive Big Impact? Start Small

Want to Drive Big Impact? Start Small

Jessica Rudnick had big ideas when she joined a Net Impact chapter last fall, ready to make an impact on campus. But she quickly discovered it wasn’t going to be as easy as she’d hoped. The question loomed: how do you reach folks who haven’t integrated social and environmental values into their everyday habits?

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Feb 11
Thinking Small with Big Results

Thinking Small with Big Results

A social entrepreneur gives back to global education through her ethical baby clothing line

The Small, Steps Big Wins campus challenge is built on the belief that an idea, moment of inspiration, or simple action can set something powerful in motion. And social entrepreneur Jo Tiongson-Perez is just one example...

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Jan 10
A Business Consulting Internship in the Great Outdoors?

A Business Consulting Internship in the Great Outdoors?

By now, many students are knee-deep in internship applications, scrambling to decide how best to spend their summers. But who wants to send out cover letter after cover letter just to end up in a poorly ventilated office tapping away at your keyboard all summer? Check out how the National Park Service Business Plan Internship can offer you a summer not soon forgotten...

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Oct 16
Announcing the Winners of the 2012 Impact at Work Award

Announcing the Winners of the 2012 Impact at Work Award

Asheen Phansey and Amy Green set a new green standard at their company

While plenty of awards congratulate corporate figureheads and high-profile personalities, Net Impact’s Impact at Work Award recognizes the hardworking but unsung individuals who roll up their sleeves to implement measurable change on the job. So we're thrilled to announce our 2012 winner, a pair of exemplary members who have brought sweeping changes to their organization...

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Sep 18
Donate to Celebrate 20 Years of Impact

Donate to Celebrate 20 Years of Impact

Net Impact is twenty – yes, twenty – years old this year, and you can help us celebrate by supporting our 20th anniversary Give Back | Pay It Forward campaign.

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Aug 17
Should  Non-scientists Care About Biomimicry?

Should Non-scientists Care About Biomimicry?

Q&A with 2012 Net Impact Conference speaker Asheen Phansey

Why would a former Eagle Scout with a passion for protecting fragile ecosystems go from running his own sustainability consultancy to working for a software company? For 2012 Net Impact Conference speaker Asheen Phansey, it came down to the possibility for impact. “I realized that I could leverage the awesome SolidWorks community,” says Asheen, “to spread our sustainable design message far more widely than I could do alone – over 150,000 companies and 1.7 million students and professionals use our 3D design software to make products.” That’s a big impact...

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Jul 12
When It Comes to Corporate Responsibility, Vocabulary Matters

When It Comes to Corporate Responsibility, Vocabulary Matters

Before Rob Kaplan, Senior Manager of Sustainability at Walmart, got to where he is now, he was a manager of corporate responsibility at Brown-Forman Corporation, a leading wine and spirits company. And what do alcoholic beverages have to do with sustainability? More than you might think...

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Jul 03
From the South Side to the Riverside: One MBA’s Service Learning Experience

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.

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Jun 22
Bringing Energy Audits to Small Business

Bringing Energy Audits to Small Business

Net Impacter Launches Nationwide Green Impact Campaign

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 a business that will help shape our future. That was Net Impact DC member Daniel Hill 18 months ago in his MBA accounting class...

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May 31
From Student to Pro: 50% off Membership and a Support System, Too

From Student to Pro: 50% off Membership and a Support System, Too

Graduation season is winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to join the ranks of the working world without a net. When Arthur Peterson, who’s now an Employee Environmental Engagement Leader at Boeing, graduated from the Ross School of Business, he knew just where to turn for support: his local professional Net Impact chapter.

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May 01
Check Out These Winning Ideas for Social Innovation

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 gave 50 teams the chance to pitch their sustainable business solution or product to Walmart executives (and score some seed funding). The University of Virginia team includes undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students majoring in engineering, medicine, public health, business, and more. United around the global health crisis, they pooled their areas of expertise to create PureMadi, a uniquely effective water filtration system that combines modern engineering with the low-tech practicality of nature's own materials.

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May 01
Net Impact Chapters Rise to the Campus Greening Challenge

Net Impact Chapters Rise to the Campus Greening Challenge

Net Impact chapters on campuses across the country have been competing hard since November to design and implement a campus greening initiative of their choice. From green roof installation to recycling and composting programs, the ideas generated during the 2012 xpedx Campus Greening Challenge have proven just how effective strategic thinking and hard work can be in shrinking a university's environmental footprint. Check out the winning ideas...

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Apr 17
Impact in Antarctica: Our Workshop Goes Polar

Impact in Antarctica: Our Workshop Goes Polar

Imagine being woken from your sleep. It's not quite 7 a.m., and you're aboard a massive sailing vessel, floating as far south on the planet as anyone's ever sailed, making your way slowly toward Antarctica. A voice directs you above deck, where the temperature is below freezing. There, surrounded by your shipmates from 22 different countries, you look up and witness a wall of blue-white ice...

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Apr 06
From Brainstorm to Business: Walmart Challenge Semifinalists Announced (1 of 3)

From Brainstorm to Business: Walmart Challenge Semifinalists Announced (1 of 3)

Across the country, students are coming up with brilliant solutions to combat critical problems like lack of clean drinking water in developing countries. But it's difficult for these students to succeed. Enter the Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge. Net Impact is excited to introduce the regional winners, who will be moving onto the final competition and competing for up to $35,000 in seed money.

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Apr 03
Lessons from the CSR Suite: Marcus Chung on Credibility, Opportunity, and More

Lessons from the CSR Suite: Marcus Chung on Credibility, Opportunity, and More

As the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Talbots Inc., Marcus Chung throws his whole self into his work, even if it means pitching to his boss at 2 a.m. in an airport lounge. But this doesn’t mean it’s easy—from his first role at a hybrid think-tank-consulting-firm called the Corporate Executive Board to his current one at Talbots, with ten Net Impact Conferences in between, Marcus has been building relationships and affecting change from the inside out. Profiled in our expanded Career Center’s new How They Did It Section, Marcus has plenty of know-how he’s picked up along the way. Here’s his take on a few topics.

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