Students who attended our Net Impact Earth Day described it as “an open and creative event” that made it easy for them to “learn from their peers about the importance of sustainability.”
On Earth Day we hosted a creative take on a trivia game to prompt peer-to-peer discussions about the daily impact that any individual can make on the planet. Our format offers a good way to bring people from diverse backgrounds into the conversation about protecting and preserving our planet. The better informed student body takes us one step closer to making the positive change we want to see in the world!
With an unconventional approach to attract attention, using a MoneyMachine to spark people’s interest, Duquesne’s UptoUs competition team held an awareness event at the Union that featured a Money Machine, free food, and prizes! The UptoUs team, which is made up of members from the MBA Sustainability cohort, informed the campus about the over $19 trillion debt the country has right now and brought a ton of attention to the issue. Check out all the photos and reasons why Duquesne students care about our national debt! Also, make sure to come to our other events, including a Trivia Night, during this month which will have even more prizes and fun!
Members from across campuses in the Net Impact community met to explore the wonderment and knowledge inside the Carnegie Science Center. The 21+ Night was the stage for a meeting of minds, and some fun, as members of Duquesne, Chatham, and Carnegie Mellon Net Impact chapters came together to network. The night included exciting conversations, interesting exhibits, and enjoyable times in the interactive kid’s area. It was a great evening of meeting new people who had the same drive and motivation to make the change that they want to see in the world.
Jerry Stritzke, CEO of REI on the right
“Be the change you want to see in the world” is a quote from Ghandi, and represents the essence of the 2015 Net Impact conference in Seattle. The Net Impact chapter officers of Duquesne were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend this national meeting of the minds. This conference brought together multiple universities, businesses, and NGOs to discuss how the millennial generation has the capability to generate a positive change in the world today.
This conference was teeming with dozens of speakers and presentations that all had a focus on innovation and sustainable business practices. One of the most inspiring guest speakers included the CEO of REI, Jerry Stritzke, who spoke as one of the keynote speakers about REI’s mission to get their consumers to “Opt Outside.” He also mentioned the stance they are taking on one of the busiest retail business days of the year. REI did not open on Black Friday this year, and gave their employees the day to spend quality time with their loved ones. What a game changer!
The Net Impact officers held an information session for fellow students and faculty after they returned from the conference. One takeaway was actually not from the conference itself, but from the city of Seattle. Seattle has a citywide ordinance that requires comprehensive recycling and composting. Our Net Impact chapter was amazed by the support and efficiency that the city has developed to implement this program. This concept fit in perfectly with our Fall Consulting project of turning Waste to Energy. A few of our own students are now looking into the feasibility of implementing such a program here in Pittsburgh. Keep checking in on our blog to see their progress!
By Sarah Jilbert
Net Impact is a nation wide organization dedicated to creating positive social and environmental change in the school, workplace, and world. Every year they sponsor a conference where thousands of members from around the nation meet to discuss the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. 13 members of the sMBA cohort attended the 2014 conference in Minneapolis, MN where they, as well as the school, benefited greatly from their experiences.
These 13 individuals spent three days listening to numerous speakers, attending break out sessions, and interacting with students, young professionals, and employers. Students from other university’s were shocked that our sMBA students were completing an MBA in one year, and that their education focused on one of the main topics discussed throughout the conference, sustainability. Duquesne sMBA attendee, Caitlin Merritt, claimed she felt all of the sMBA attendees were way ahead of the game. They had already learned the sustainability concepts discussed and knew much more about the topics at hand compared to the other MBA students. Our students felt confident while speaking about what they had learned from the program and made Duquesne a school to talk about by the end of the weekend.
Our students took away a lot from the conference including confidence in how Duquesne’s program applies to real world application. Students also came home with many business cards and professional connections. For example, attendee Katherine Smith developed a mentor connection at the conference and still speaks to her today. The Net Impact Conference adds value to the sMBA education as well as shows Duquesne in a positive light.
By Sarah Jilbert
Dan, Jamie, Peter and Nayan pose with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, after his talk about the National Debt in February.
Duquesne’s graduate Net Impacters are getting involved this semester! In February, Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, came out to educate students about the impacts of the national debt. This event was part of our involvement in Net Impact’s Up to Us competition. In order to educate the campus further about the national debt we had TacoBoutDebt Day where hundreds of students were given free tacos if they signed a pledge saying they were aware and concerned about the national debt. We finished top 20 in the national competition!
Jacob and Peter get students excited to Taco Bout Debt for Net Impact!
In late February we had a collaboration event with Carnegie Mellon’s Net Impact chapter to build connections and help each other improve our chapters. The restaurant we met at, The Porch, focused on local and fresh made food. I, along with the other 20 students who attended, thought it was some of the best pizza we’ve ever had!
In March, after getting back from our fabulous French study trip, we had Rockwell Hall Green Week where we brought green awareness to the business school. During the week we gave out donuts to students who took public transportation to school, changed the computers to print doubled sided, and handed out candy to those who had a reusable water bottle.
Events coming up later this semester include an alumni job search panel, mock interviews, and environmental trivia. We are also creating a clean up team for Duquesne’s annual spring-clean up and helping with a recycling program for the NCAA. Programs for next year are also coming together as we are planning to become mentors for Pure Thirst, an organization dedicated to bringing water to communities with limited resources.
More Net Impact updates to come soon!