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Founded in 2007, Net Impact UMass Dartmouth is part of an international network of students & professionals committed to using business for a positive impacts.
28 October 2012: Brittany & Greg impress at Net Impact Expo
Brittany Doherty (Undergrad President) and Greg McCarthy (Marketing Coordinator) about to present to companies & colleagues – this experience has been fun, informative, and has resulted in employment offers.

26 May 2011: Net Impact UMassDartmouth chapter earns highest global honors

NORTH DARTMOUTH --The Net Impact UMass Dartmouth chapter at the Charlton College of Business was awarded the highest distinction of Gold Chapter in the international Net Impact.

Gold Chapters are recognized as the most outstanding chapters in the global organization for providing opportunities for members to develop professionally, network and make a positive change through programs on their campus and in their communities.

This honor places the UMass Dartmouth chapter in the top tier of business schools worldwide, an honor shared with 23 out of 260 chapters globally on 6 continents. Other Gold Chapter business schools include the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and the HEC School of Management.

Inaugurated in 2007, Net Impact UMass Dartmouth is a group of students and professionals who work towards using business for positive social, environmental and economic impact. The chapter had previously earned Silver Chapter honors in 2009 and 2010. The Chapter also earned Net Impact Small Chapter of the Year Runner Up in 2010.

Net Impact UMass Dartmouth earned Gold Chapter distinction for a wide variety of activities on the UMass Dartmouth campus, including annual university sustainability reporting, lectures, networking events, curriculum changes, and the development of the sustainability studies programs. While formed as a graduate chapter, Net Impact UMass Dartmouth welcomed undergraduates to the group in 2010. 

For more information on the UMD Net Impact Chapter, visit http://netimpact.umassd.edu or contact via email at NetImpactUMD@gmail.com. For more information on Net Impact visit www.netimpact.org.

20 December 2010

UMass Dartmouth releases 3rd annual Sustainability Report

NORTH DARTMOUTH – 15 December 2010 -

The 3rd annual UMass Dartmouth University Sustainability Report has been released, a publication led by Charlton College of Business MBA students at the university.

Students undertake the report as a practical application of knowledge in a core class in the MBA curriculum: Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Law.

The 2010 University Sustainability Report follows the world’s most-widely used framework for producing sustainability reports: the GRI G3 standards, as established by the Global Reporting Initiative.

80% of Global Fortune 250 companies use this sustainability-reporting framework for highlighting their triple bottom line: economic, environmental and economic impacts, including companies such as Wal-Mart and Microsoft.

UMass Dartmouth is the world’s first university to produce and publish a self-declared A-level Sustainability report on the GRI website: www.globalreporting.org.

“By producing this report annually, students learn practical skills that directly translate to what is happening in the marketplace and in corporations around the world,” said Assistant Professor of Business Law Adam Sulkowski, who is the faculty member who introduced the GRI framework and report to the business school class.

“We at UMass Dartmouth are assisting with setting a standard and example of how both universities and businesses should report their impact, and produce a transparent report of their triple bottom line in a method similar to the way they already report their financial impact.”

Students are assisted in researching and gathering data by a number of university departments, including the Office of Campus and Community Sustainability, who has recently finished a comprehensive assessment of sustainability at UMass Dartmouth, Responsibility and Renewal.

The report includes an additional 8 indicators over last year’s report, for a total of 72 areas reported in the publication.

“Reporting 72 indicators heightens the transparency of the university in reporting sustainability on our campus,” said Sulkowski.

“We are very excited to see students actively engaged in reporting the triple bottom line of our university,” said Kaisa Holloway Cripps, an analyst in the Sustainability office and lecturer in the Charlton College of Business who assisted the MBA students with compiling and formatting the report.

“When students go out into the real-world to find a job, they will have a real skill that many of the world’s top companies are looking for in an employee. It is a win-win situation: a win for the university to have this report and a win for the students to learn valuable information.”

The annual GRI-G3 standard University Sustainability Report is published in conjunction with the university’s Net Impact chapter, which is part of an international network of students and professionals dedicated to using business for a positive economic, environmental and social impact.

The report can be viewed on Net Impact UMass Dartmouth’s website: www.netimpactumd.org.

1 October 2010

Net Impact UMass Dartmouth honored for second year in a row


NORTH DARTMOUTH –The Net Impact UMass Dartmouth chapter was awarded for the second year in a row the distinction of Silver Chapter in the international Net Impact organization. This honor places the chapter in the top tier of business schools world wide, an honor shared with other business schools including Haas at UCBerkley, Booth at the University of Chicago and Columbia University.

Net Impact UMD is a group of students and professionals who work towards using business for positive social, environmental and economic impact.

Net Impact UMD earned Silver Chapter distinction for a wide variety of activities on the UMass Dartmouth campus including several lectures, networking events and assisting with curriculum change on campus, including the development of Sustainability Studies programs. While formed as a graduate chapter, Net Impact UMass Dartmouth welcomed undergraduates to the group in 2010, furthering magnifying their impact.

The UMass Dartmouth chapter and the university was also featured in the 2010 edition of ‘Business As UnUsual’, highlighting how potential students can integrate sustainability into their MBA and business school degrees.

For more information on the UMD Net Impact Chapter, visit their website at http://www.netimpactumd.org or contact via email at webmaster@netimpactumd.org. For more information on Net Impact visit www.netimpact.org.

10 May 2010

Net Impact Advisor makes difference through  business course

Two Charlton College of Business Professors, Dr. D. Steven White and Dr. Godwin Ariguzo, collaborated on the development of the Marketing Principles course for the United Nations endorsed University of the People, a nonprofit organization designed to provide universal access to higher education. The University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s first tuition free online academic institution  dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education. Its launch was announce by the UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technology and Development (GAID) one year ago (19 May 2009).

The collaborative project was supervised by Dr. Russel Winer, William Joyce Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Department of Marketing, Stern School of Business, New York University. Dr. Winer is a member of the Advisory Committee for the University of the People. Course development began in January 2010 and the work was completed in early May.

Dr. White and Dr. Ariguzo agree that “it is an honor to be selected and entrusted by the University of the People to develop this course”. Dr. White goes on to state that “it is a small contribution by the Charlton College of Business towards sustainable economic development globally through open access to higher education”. “We are leading by example” said Dr. Ariguzo. “It's important to show our students and student organizations that we don't just talk the talk – we walk the walk”. Both are known for their work in global sustainable economic development and for bringing the world to their classrooms. The initial offering of the course is scheduled for 24 June 2010. “We look forward to further strengthening the relationship between the University of the People and the Charlton College of Business and to working together to build a better tomorrow by contributing to the education of the populace of the developing world” concludes Dr. Ariguzo.


Dr. Ariguzo, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Sam Walton Fellow in Free Enterprise, is the faculty advisor for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a student organization dedicated to bringing together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Dr. White, Professor of Marketing and International Business, is the faculty co-advisor for NetImpact, an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.

21 April 2010

UMass Dartmouth announces plans to further green efforts

By Grant Welker
Posted Apr 21, 2010 @ 10:52 PM
Last update Apr 22, 2010 @ 12:16 AM

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth released details Tuesday, two days before Earth Day, of how it plans to gradually become carbon-neutral — leaving no harm to the environment — by 2050.

In a report called the Sustainability Assessment, the university outlined 12 areas — including energy, food, land use, transportation and waste — in which it will become more environmentally friendly. Becoming more energy-efficient will involve “one of the largest energy performance contracts ever undertaken by the state of Massachusetts,” according to the report.

A contract of up to $35 million would include cost- and energy-saving measures like thousands of high-efficiency light bulbs, low-flow water fixtures and efficient pumps and vents. By making so many small changes to cut the campus’s energy use, the university hopes to earn back the value of the contract during a period of 20 years or less.

As a member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, UMass Dartmouth pledged to take incremental steps to become greener, and become carbon-neutral by 2050.

Potential actions also include building a wind turbine (a test tower is now measuring the feasibility), solar panels on the athletic center’s roof, establishing regular bus routes to Fall River and New Bedford, or creating special parking spaces for carpoolers, or hybrid or electric cars.

The university said it could use the surrounding forest for classroom work and walking and biking trails. It said it could clear trees that have blocked the view of Cedar Dell Pond and make the pond more accessible, perhaps for recreation.

Making its buildings more efficient could be the toughest task.

“While our multi-level glass and concrete infrastructure is unique,” the report reads, “it was constructed at a time when most builders paid little heed to energy use or costs. Windows are enormous and have little insulation, and spaces with high ceilings are expensive to heat and cool, it reads.

Buildings could be retrofitted with better insulation, or be given so-called green roofs with vegetation keeping out the summer heat, the report read. Much could also be done with a library expansion and renovation, which is just beginning, and a planned expansion of the Charlton College of Business.

Another report announced Tuesday, called the Climate Action Plan, shows where the university hopes to save the most energy use and the most money.

Efficiency improvements to be made under the longterm contract the university expects to sign would save an estimated 8,700 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the environment, and higher rates of carpooling could save another 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide, the report read. If energy use is cut by one-tenth, the university could save about $524,000. Those and other savings could help pay for more efficiency projects.

Earlier this month, UMass Dartmouth become the first U.S. university to have a campus sustainability report listed with the Global Reporting Initiative, a system used by hundreds of companies and colleges around the world. The university says it is the first in the world to achieve an A-level status on the listing service.

The purpose of the report — which details energy consumption and waste, among other data — is to show stakeholders the economic, societal and environmental impacts of the university, said professor Adam Sulkowski, an advisor for Net Impact, the student group that prepared the report.

E-mail Grant Welker at gwelker@heraldnews.com.


13 April 2010

Students and Faculty Post First Campus Sustainability Report with Global Reporting Initiative

UMass Dartmouth becomes a global leader in university sustainability reporting

NORTH DARTMOUTH/ APRIL 13, 2010 - The Net Impact chapter at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has achieved a major milestone: The UMass Dartmouth GRI Campus Sustainability Report from the past two fiscal years have been listed on the website of the world's preeminent standards-setting organization for sustainability reporting, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).   

They are the first reports on a U.S. university to be listed at the site.  Based on the list, UMass Dartmouth's most recent report, completed by MBA students and led by university faculty, appears to be the first U.S. university report - and the only report on a university in the entire world - to have achieved the highest level of compliance with the reporting standard: an A level.  

The GRI is a multi-stakeholder organization that develops the guidelines, the most recent known as G3, which consist of principles and indicators for organizations to measure and report their economic, environmental, and social impacts. 

Thousands of corporations use the standard to guide their sustainability reporting, including a majority of the largest 250 companies in the world. Universities that includes Columbia, Georgetown, MIT and the University of Chicago have recently adopted the GRI as a standard for reporting sustainability.

The purpose of the UMass Dartmouth report, first published online in 2008 for fiscal year 2007, is to communicate to all stakeholders about the economic, societal, and environmental impacts of UMass Dartmouth. 

Net Impact UMass Dartmouth first began collecting data related to sustainability from various departments of the university in 2007. The exercise has become an annual practice.  Now, as part of completing the course, Business Law and Corporate Social Responsibility, MBA students gauge stakeholder interest in various topics and collect data and success stories in cooperation with faculty, staff and various departments, including, the Office for Campus and Community Sustainability, Facilities and Campus Police.

“It was a good opportunity to examine all the functional areas of the university and see how they danced with each other,” said Kevin Pelissier, an MBA student and Net Impact member. “It brought everything into context and see how it all interconnected.”

“By reporting 63 GRI indicators, this report has earned the distinction of being an A-level report,” said Adam Sulkowski, Assistant Professor at the Charlton College of Business at UMass Dartmouth, who researches the phenomenon of corporate sustainability reporting, initiated the project as a Net Impact advisor, and led the MBA class that produced the most recent report.  “The efforts of all those involved exemplifies the students' and university’s commitment to educating and engaging responsible citizens.”

The GRI-led reports can be viewed online at www.netimpactumd.org/gri-report or through the Global Reporting Initiative List Portal www.globalreporting.org.

Net Impact UMass Dartmouth is part of an international organization of students and professionals who are dedicated towards using business to make a positive social and environmental impact in the global arena. The chapter was recognized as a silver chapter, in the top 17% of Net Impact globally in 2009. For more information, please visit their website at www.netimpactumd.org.

10 December 2009

Coffee entrepreneur tells UMass Dartmouth about eco-friendly java

By Grant Welker
Posted Dec 10, 2009 @ 08:44 PM
Last update Dec 11, 2009 @ 12:02 AM

DARTMOUTH —As a product, coffee doesn’t have the environmental-impact reputation of idling cars, lights kept on in empty rooms or air conditioning turned on high. But unlike tomatoes, apples or strawberries, coffee also can’t be grown locally, saving the energy needed for thousands of miles of shipping.

There are few ways that coffee, often grown in Latin America, Africa or Southeast Asia, can be picked, transported, roasted and poured into a cup in North America without harming the Earth in some way. But just as local and organic fruits and vegetables are gaining popularity, so too is environmentally friendly coffee, a leader of a sustainable coffee company told students and professors at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Wednesday.

Bill Wilson, who created Boston-based Birds & Beans with author Scott Weidensaul last year, said that as coffee grew in popularity, farmers found that they could have higher yields with less labor if coffee was grown in the sun instead of in the shade, the traditional way. In the span of about 20 years, nearly half of Latin American growers planted coffee trees in the sun when hardly any had done so previously.

“That was kind of disturbing,” Wilson said of finding out how damaging the practice of growing coffee in the sun can be.

As a bird lover, Wilson also found that clearing of tropical forests for higher coffee yields also cut into the population of migratory birds that spend part of the year in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, like the wood thrush, Canada warbler or oriole. About 2 million acres of tropical forests once used to grow coffee in Latin America have been cleared in the past few decades in favor of coffee that can be grown in sunlight, according to studies Wilson cited.

The search for higher profit margins has also shifted coffee growing to areas where labor is cheaper. More coffee is grown than ever before in Vietnam, where a worker can make one-tenth the wages of a farmer in Nicaragua, Wilson said. In fact, he said, coffee production costs for companies not worried about ethical practices can be only one-fifth of companies certified as Earth-friendly.

Coffee can’t be grown locally because of the cooler climate, meaning it must be shipped thousands of miles, unlike many crops that might be grown in the same region where they are consumed. But growing coffee in tropical forests, where the shorter coffee trees are covered by a much taller tree canopy, can leave less of an impact on the environment than crops grown in cleared fields, Wilson said.

Wilson’s lecture was hosted by Net Impact, a student group that focuses on sustainability. The UMass Dartmouth chapter of the national organization has about 100 members, mostly MBA students. Kaisa Holloway Cripps, the chapter’s president, said the group invites business owners to campus to talk about environmentally friendly practices.

“It’s important to see how it’s successfully used, an application of the theory,” she said.

E-mail Grant Welker at gwelker@heraldnews.com.

17 November 2009

UMass Dartmouth’s Net Impact chapter awarded international distinction

UMD earns spot in the top 17% of business schools that focus on sustainability through business

17 November 2009- The Net Impact UMass Dartmouth chapter was recently recognized and awarded with the international distinction of Silver Chapter in the international Net Impact organization. This distinction places UMass Dartmouth in the top 17% of chapters in 90 countries world-wide that focus on changing the world through business, placing them in a category that includes Georgetown University, UCLA and Boston College.

The UMD Net Impact chapter earned the honor as a result of several initiatives undertaken by the student group that was founded on campus in 2007. These include involvement in the Graduate Curriculum Committee to encourage sustainability courses into the MBA curriculum, Ignite Clean Energy Competition team building and regional and nation conference participation. To promote networking and sustainable leadership, the UMD Net Impact chapter also cultivated a Classroom to Boardroom workshop series to provide students with vital information on the necessary skills and leadership abilities for nonprofit leadership.

Initiating a best practice, the chapter also issued the Sustainable Campus Report utilizing a GRI format, establishing the chapter as the first university to do so in New England.

To highlight the fledgling chapter’s accomplishment, UMass Dartmouth was featured in the 2009 edition of ‘Business As UnUsual’, profiling how as a top chapter, UMass Dartmouth and its Net Impact members are working towards a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Prospective business students searching for schools that match their passion for sustainability education and involvement utilize the publication for admissions.

“Achieving Silver status is quite an accomplishment,” wrote Will Morrison, Global Chapters Manager of Net Impact, based in San Francisco. “Congratulations and thank you for your hard work and dedication that has made you one of Net Impact’s leading chapters.”

During the 2009-2010 academic year, Net Impact will undertake several more initiatives to focus on the chapter’s dedication to Campus Greening, Curriculum Change, Professional Development and Community Impact by working with other sustainability initiatives on the UMass Dartmouth campus and in the community. To further magnify their impact Net Impact will also be establishing an undergraduate chapter on campus as part of their quest to earn the top distinction of Gold Chapter.

For more information on the UMD Net Impact Chapter, visit their website at http://www.umassd.edu/studentclubs/netimpact or contact via email at NetImpactUMD@gmail.com. For more information on Net Impact visit www.netimpact.org.

First university visit of the founder of a pioneering fair trade entrepreneur.
We've helped plant trees and install a solar-powered deer fence on campus.
Net Impact 2010 Conference
Ann Arbor
Kaisa (left) and Elizabeth (right) with a Microsoft guy chatting about Microsoft Corporate Social Responsibility

From left to right: Elizabeth, Liz, Ben Packard (VP of Global Responsibility, Starbucks) and Kaisa
Shout Out to Net Impact UMass Dartmouth's favorite impact: our Sustainable Wine Tour!

Six Sigma & Sustainability Lecture
March 24, 2010 with Dr. Norman Lamontagne


Economic Hit Man John Perkins @ UMD
Net Impact UMD was pleased to co-sponsor John Perkins on campus March 1, 2010.

John Perkins (center) with Former UMD Seniors and Net Impact members Henry and Kara.

UMass Dartmouth Senate Forum

Srini, Elizabeth and Kaisa helped out as UMD students at the pre-primary Senate forum hosted by the South Coast Alliance

With Congressman Mike Capuano

With Alan Khazei

With Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca


Congratulations again to Professor Adam Sulkowski, MGT600, and Net Impact UMD for receiving further recognition for UMASS DARTMOUTH GRI Sustainability Report!! Please check out the article on Triple Pundit

For the 2010 year, Net Impact Central recognized Net Impact UMD as the runner up in the "Best Chapter" contest in the category for small graduate chapters. This is a great honor, and we would like to extend a congratulations to the Ohio State University for placing #1.


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