Net Impact: An Organization that Opens Doors & Saves the Planet

Net Impact forms environmental group to benefit and save the planetAre you interested in making the world more sustainable and looking for an organization with the same goals? If you haven’t heard about Net Impact, learn more about it today and see how easy it is to get involved.

If you’re passionate about making a difference in the way countries, businesses and individuals affect the environment, Net Impact is one organization to check out. With its history, goals and connections to Boston, it is one nonprofit you shouldn’t ignore.

Founded in 1993 as Students for Responsible Business, Net Impact is one of today’s largest nonprofit membership organizations for students and professionals. According to its site, Net Impact operates in six continents and is made up of over 280 chapters. Dedicated to the belief that “people can make doing good an integral part of just about any job or career,” Net Impact seeks to educate people about sustainability, corporate responsibility and social entrepreneurship so that they can use these skills in their careers.

While anyone can subscribe and become a member of Net Impact, college campus chapters make up most of the organization. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brandeis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University and Babson College are some of the many schools in Massachusetts with Net Impact Graduate school chapters. Northeastern University and Boston University have the only two undergraduate chapters of the nonprofit in the Boston area. The clubs vary in activity and membership size.

The Net Impact college chapters are ranked by the national organization as having gold, silver or bronze statuses. “[We] started the BU Undergraduate chapter two years ago because we saw a real divide between the “business” students and the “sustainability” students on campus and we wanted to close that gap,” said one of the club’s founders, Becca Farmer via email. “Over the two years we have held many events with local business owners with sustainable practices, visited businesses who processes we admire, and helped our members explore “green” careers and network with professionals in those fields,” she continued.

Net Impact organizes environmental groups in Boston to save planet

The club plans to start an energy auditing program with local businesses this semester.

Anthony Villioti, a freshman in BU’s School of Management attended BU Net Impact’s latest meeting in a classroom on BU’s campus. “I’m mostly interested in the idea of using business concepts and skills for a greater purpose… for something other than profit,” he said.

“Most students that get involved are getting business degrees but we are open to everyone. Environmental science and communication majors are also popular,” club member Illeana Tauscher said.

Students and non-students alike can join Net Impact by paying either a $10 annual subscription fee or a $450 lifetime fee for which they can create an online profile and get access to conferences, networking events, online educational videos and more.

If you’re in the Boston area and interested in getting involved with Net Impact, you’re in luck. BU’s undergrad chapter has started a series of meetings open to the public this past January. “Sustainability Sundays” take place every Sunday (subject to holidays and weather according to the group’s website) inside Blue State Coffee, another business that aims to be a sustainable and contributing member of the community.

The first meeting was held on February 12th and the next is scheduled for this Sunday, February 26th. The group plans to discuss energy efficiency. So bring who and what you know to help make a change… and enjoy some coffee.

Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming story on Sustainability Sundays!

-Alivia Ashenfarb

Photo Credit: Flickr/David Sim, Flickr/Natural Step Online