September 7, 2016
NC State’s undergraduate and graduate Net Impact chapters both received 2016 Gold standings in recognition of their outstanding performance in the past academic year. It is the second consecutive year that the two NC State Net Impact chapters have received this prestigious recognition.
“Of our network of over 300 chapters worldwide, Net Impact’s Gold chapters represent the brightest, most committed impact leaders who are making a difference on their campuses and in their communities,” says Net Impact CEO Liz Maw. “These chapters are inspiring and equipping young people to use their careers to lead our world to a more sustainable and equitable future.” Only 38 percent of Net Impact chapters worldwide received Gold standing this year.
NC State’s road to gold
Gold standing is based upon the chapter’s ability to meet a rigorous set of requirements based on the activities, programs and network contribution the chapter provides in the past academic year. In 2015-16, Net Impact as a whole led a multitude of events and programs that positively impacted each their communities.
The graduate chapter hosted a Net Impact Lunch and Learn series that connected students with leaders in sustainable businesses in the areas of biofuels, B Corporations, and other topics. The graduate chapter’s leadership team members were Liz Bowen, Anindo Chaterjee, and Padmaja Soundararajan, all 2016 Jenkins MBA graduates.
NC State’s undergraduate chapter’s activities included a number of exciting and impactful events such as partnering with the B Corp Clinic, an initiative of the Business Sustainability Collaborative based in Poole College and led by BSC Director Jessica Thomas. The B Corp Clinic is designed to connect students with aspiring B Corps who are interested in improving their environmental and social impact. Leadership for the undergraduate chapter was provided by Ryan Kilgore, a senior in chemical engineering, and Amelia Fujikawa and Julie Gerton, who both graduated with bachelor’s degrees in environmental science in May 2016.
Food Con 2016
FoodCon 2016: The Business of Sustainable Food, hosted by the undergraduate and graduate NC State Net Impact Chapters, the CALS Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), the Poole College Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC), and the Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative (BSC) is one of the major events planned by the Net Impact chapters for the 2016-17 academic year.
FoodCon 2016 will be a one-day conference held on Friday, November 11th at NC State University focused on the business of sustainable food. Our goal is to bring together a diverse audience of students, community members, and business professionals who have an interest in and/or are working in the sustainable food industry. We aim to increase the awareness and understanding of the sustainable food industry as well as support and grow the industry here in North Carolina and throughout the country.
FoodCon began at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2014 with a focus on the sustainable food industry. In 2015, the conference moved to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business with a broader focus on the food industry as a whole. Throughout its history, FoodCon, at its core, has had a mission of providing an educational opportunity for not only MBA students but the student body as a whole.