June 30, 2010

Net Impact awarded "Gold" status

For the second year in a row, The Ohio State University Net Impact chapter, launched at Fisher, was given “Gold” status. Ohio State’s Net Impact chapter, part of the international organization dedicated to environmental and social sustainability, is only two years old.

The chapter became one of 13 chapters internationally, out of Net Impact’s 241 affiliated universities, to receive the distinction. Last year when the designation was awarded, the chapter became one of very few chapters to leap over the “Silver” level to receive “Gold” status.

 “Gold chapters are the most outstanding chapters in the Net Impact network,” according to a statement on the organization’s Web site. “They are characterized by energetic members, dynamic leadership and excellence in all that they do. They also go above and beyond minimum requirements to actively give back to the network by sharing best practices, mentoring other chapters and working with Net Impact central to improve chapter offerings.”

"The Ohio State Net Impact leadership team is simply the hardest working, most focused group of student leaders I have had the pleasure of working with in my 20 plus years of working with the university," said Scott Griffin, vice president, Commercial Excellence and Sustainability for Greif, Inc. "This group of students are passionate about making a difference!"

 “We have made sustainability and corporate responsibility a cornerstone of the Fisher educational experience both through enhancements to our curriculum and various field experiences we provide to our students,” said Karen Hopper Wruck, associate dean of graduate programs. “We are gratified to watch our students take such a proactive leadership role in promoting these important management principles, not only here at Fisher but across the entire university.”

A unique aspect of Ohio State’s Net Impact chapter is comprised of both graduate and undergraduate students. In two years, Ohio State Net Impact took the membership from six students to well over 100 student members. During the 2009-10 academic year the group hosted speakers from multinational companies, conducted corporate site visits and worked with companies such as PepsiCo and Owens Corning on projects. The group hosted its major flagship event, Sustainability Week, in May and co-sponsored the poverty summit in February.

According to incoming graduate president, Ryan Mulcrone: “Last year’s Net Impact team continued its efforts at increasing membership and the depth of subject matter for activities and events. The leadership team was successful in further bringing together graduate and undergraduate students with professionals. This year’s team once again raised the bar for next year.”