APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
By researching environmental needs on campuses, challenges faced by Net Impact chapter leaders, educational discrepancies, and best practices within their chapter network, Net Impact will develop two environmental project guides that will serve as both a training tool for project implementation, as well as an organized, actionable strategy for affecting positive environmental impact on campus. Upon completion of these guides, Net Impact will recruit its undergraduate network (47 universities and counting) to participate in implementing the two projects and create an inter-university shared goal, through which students can encourage each other, share best practices, and discuss challenges. Chapters who commit to participate in the project timeline will be posted on Net Impact's website, given support and resources throughout the process, and recognized upon completion.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
*April - Research projects, field best practices, engage undergraduate leaders to interview on administrative processes; Collect contact information for at least one Net Impact Campus Greening Representative from approximately 40 undergrad universities; if there is no existing Campus Greening Representative, help chapter president formulate a strategy to recruit one or to collaborate with another environmental club on campus that has appropriate resources to implement project
*May - Draft guides; Email Campus Greening Representatives an official announcement of the exciting initiative to come in the fall with a sneak peek of project guides and steps students can take to prepare over the summer
*June - Complete guides, with focus on developing dynamic leadership skills necessary to executing the projects
*August/September - Send project guides to Campus Greening Representatives, create a challenge around implementation of the projects, and collect commitments
*November - Organize conference call for campus greening committees to share ideas, challenges, and support
*January - Motivational check-in, conference call for committees
*February/March - Highlight success stories in monthly newsletter
*April - Recognize Campus Greening Committees that reached the two project goal through Net Impact newsletters and the Net Impact website
77% of the undergrads Net Impact surveyed say colleges and universities should place more emphasis on training socially and environmentally responsible individuals than they currently do. Students express feeling under informed of the different avenues one can take to affect change and under equipped in management skills to effectively execute positive social and environmental change. Additionally, colleges and universities are beginning to shift toward proactively assessing and reducing their environmental impact, to improve their long term financial positioning and to increase their competitive advantage in attracting socially- and environmentally-minded students. To reach this goal, colleges and universities should provide tangible opportunities for students to lead sustainability initiatives.
(Survey data from Undergraduate Perspectives: The Business of Changing the World, Net Impact, 2010)
Seeking Partnerships: Financial Resources, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities,
Offering Partnerships: Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities.
We are interested in the possibility of cross marketing appropriate opportunities to our undergraduate chapters (i.e. sustainability case competitions, etc.).