A FEW OF OUR 2018-2019 Projects:
Sanger Crisis Challenge
Net Impact partnered with several other organizations to build and organize this two-day crisis challenge with 239 participants. Teams had a chance to develop their leadership skills, gain experience from actual board members, and learn more about social impact and business while participating in an interactive environment. The March 2019 Crisis Challenge was the largest UM has ever hosted!
Energy Audit Team
At Net Impact, we are always trying to undergo projects that both make our members and our fellow Wolverines more sustainable. This year, we installed a solar powered charging station by the Central Campus Transit Center equipped with an informational sign promoting renewable energy on campus. With sponsorship from the Office of Campus Sustainability, we demonstrated the use of solar energy by researching solar panel specs, drafting proposals, and brainstorming ideas for future projects..
Campus Farm Produce Pick Up
Our Campus Farm-Net Impact team set out to improve access to fresh food on the University of Michigan campus. By teaming up with the Campus Farm and Student Food Co-op to, they developed a new online ordering platform for fresh produce which allowed students to order arugula and spinach from an online order form and pick up the produce from a central location on campus. With over 50 produce bags sold last year, outreach was expanded through analysis of newsletter channels and seasonal food production.
Sustainable Behavior Team
Partnering with MDining, the Sustainable Behavior team expanded opportunities for sustainable behavior in dining halls and behavioral science techniques. Their North Quad pilot program attached a "sustainability score" on each dish, collected feedback, and analyzed observed behavior change. Read more about their results here.
Sustainable Apparel Team
The Sustainable Apparel team combined research and education through the creation and distribution of their alternative fashion zine, which focused on the social and environmental impacts of the clothing industry. By hosting a series of interactive “disturbances” on campus as well as running a social media educational campaign, the team continued to share their zine and teach students how to repair clothes and shop with a sustainable mindset. Check out their Instagram @greensavvvy.
Polaris Automated Vehicles Team
Working with the University, the Polaris Team explored opportunities for UM to utilize autonomous vehicles through preliminary research with Polaris using data on carbon emissions, breakdown of current fleet, and timeline of vehicle updates to create recommendations.