Net Impact is named the 2017 Chapter of the Year
Congratulations to our Texas State Net Impact chapter! After a busy and exciting academic year Net Impact students were named the 2017 Chapter of the Year. This is the third time the Texas State chapter has earned this award in seven years as an organization. The team received the award at the International Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Net Impact is an international organization based on sustainability in business with over 100,000 members in 300 chapters for professionals and students. Net Impact is an accelerator for skills, experiences and connections to make the greatest impact for members now and throughout their careers. Challenges are to protect the environment, invent new products and orient business toward the greater good. McCoy Bobcat Net Impact is open to all students in all majors.
Bobcat Net Impact was involved in the following activities in 2017:
- Moto GP at Circuit of the Americas: Our student group was the only one in the world chosen by Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme to help reduce the environmental impact during the global COTA event. There, our Garden of the Champion GP winners planted trees to honor their achievement & to reduce overall C02 emissions. Additionally, CSO Kattia Fernandez & the NIteam began the first initiative to compost food waste, while creating the Ride Green to educate 131,881 attendees.
- Better Money Habits: Reorienting Bobcats on financial literacy, the NI team presented to 200 attendees along with the Bank of America branch VP. The chapter was Invited to meet with the Bank of America Foundation CEO, Ms. Kerry H. Sullivan, & Net Impact CEO, Ms. Liz Maw, during the Net Impact Conference in Philadelphia.
- Phoenix Academy: The $300 food stipend for our campus event was used to purchase healthy foods donated to the local Phoenix Academy for underserved “at promise” students.
- NI Food Solution: Our students ranked in top six in the world and were invited to the University of Wisconsin to present to NI Local attendees. After researching with the Department of Agriculture, a Texas Hill Country rancher, and a New Mexico milk transporter in Blanco, Texas, the chapter proposed that Monsanto restructure the milk supply chain due to its environmental impact and create a “hunger pak” with grain residue, whey protein and dried ugly fruit and veggies for a complete meal replacement.
- NI Local, Affordable Housing Symposium: In collaboration with NI Austin Professional Chapter and NI Regional Director, Net Impact invited the UT Graduate NI Chapter and the IH 35 community to join us at the inaugural event at the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce. Speakers included CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Professor Dumpster-CEO of Kasita, American Statesman Economist & Community First! CEO.
- NI Unilever UniGame: the team created a business model based on social digitization to promote UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 12, & 17. We focused on the health and well-being creating the #HealthyChoiceChallenge. Working with GNACK & Crimson Hexagon, Bobcats achieved first place in the popular vote and were ranked second by the judges at US headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
- Healthy Choice Challenge: NI presented their Healthy Choice Challenge at the United Nations to PRME Secretariat, Jonas Haertle, as well as faculty at New York University. Additionally, NI was selected to present the Healthy Choice Challenge at the UN North America PRME conference at the University of Guelph, Canada.
- Tayler Walter, Texas State University student, earned a 2017 summer internship at Unilever after presenting at UniGame.
- Transportation and Mobility: NI inventors partnered with Rocky Mountain Institute, Bliss Transit & the City of Austin to study the IH 35/NAFTA Highway on transportation issues in the United State's fastest growing city.
- Commute ReLeaf project: An Online Commuting Cost Calculation app was presented at the 2017 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin as a part of the Texas State University’s Innovation Lab and Reception. The application establishes a connection in commuting and traffic tying it to a driver’s bank account and the environment. Armed with a commuting database and maps, the calculation tool shows drivers the true cost of commuting to and from work. The objective is to convince more people to use alternate modes of transportation.