This page showcases examples of our chapter's past work
Sierra Nevada Brewery Sustainability Tour:
Net Impact UC Davis teamed up with the Net Impact UC Davis Working Professionals chapter to host the Sierra Nevada Brewery Sustainability Tour and Tasting. Students from the GSM were treated to a 90-minute tour of the brewery and grounds in Chico, CA. Named the “Green Business of the Year” in 2010 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the brewery utilizes a number of innovative environmental practices including solar power, hydrogen fuel cells, and recovered biogas to bring us their extensive line of delicious microbrews.
Careers with IMPACT Panel:
Students from the GSM and the greater UC Davis campus heard from a panel of professionals working in renewable energy, social investing, environmental conservation, and improving education. Panelists representing Upwelling Capital Group, EcoAnalytics, The National Parks Service, and California Geothermal Energy Collaborative discussed their experiences in careers with impact. The panelists, included alumni from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and members of the local Net Impact community who have used their degrees to pursue careers that support social and environmental goals. Following the discussion, panelists answered questions from the audience, and stayed afterward to offer their thoughts and expertise to students interested in using their career to make a positive impact.
Fighting Climate Change Globally Through Regional Collaboration:
UC Davis’ Clean Technology Club, Energy Efficiency Center and Net Impact heard Dr. Yufu Cheng’s remarks on global climate change and what developing nations are doing to address it. Dr. Yufu Cheng is currently the China Country Director for R20: Regions of Climate Action and is a visiting professor at the Peking University School of Environment and Energy. He currently works with the Chinese Central Governments, Subnational Governments, Technology, Policy and Investing Partners to identify and implement low carbon projects in China. Dr.Cheng discussed his work with the Chinese Government promoting national initiatives for fighting climate change.
Greenbridge Networking Night:
In early March, the UC Davis chapters of Net Impact and the Cleantech Club co-hosted the Greenbridge Networking Night, an interdepartmental event that brought together graduate students, faculty, and professionals pursuing environmental sustainability.
Professor Nicole Biggart, Director of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, and other UC Davis faculty and staff discussed ground-breaking research and innovative projects related to sustainability that are happening at UC Davis. Topics included energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, water security, waste management, and sustainable design.
Net Impact Tahoe Trip:
In September, Davis Net Impact welcomed the Class of 2013 with our annual Tahoe trip. More than half the student body spent the weekend at the majestic Sierra Club’s Claire Tappaan lodge. Students bonded with their new classmates over many outdoor-oriented activities ranging from hiking to fishing to frisbee.
Job Shadow Day: Institute at the Golden Gate:
In May, Net Impact organized a job shadow day with Cleveland Justis, Director of the Institute at the Golden Gate. Students from the GSM and four other Bay Area business schools enjoyed an in-depth look at how the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy operates this innovative program, and explored what roles MBAs can play in preserving public land.
Public Interest Internship Fund Celebration:
Net Impact hosted a fundraising event to recognize and thank participants in the Public Interest Internship Fund. First year GSM students pledge a portion of their summer salary to support their classmates who pursue non-profit internships serving the public good.
Work-Life Balance Panel with WiL:
In March, Net Impact co-hosted a panel discussion on work-life balance with the GSM’s Women in Leadership club. The event featured Beth Ashkin, Finance Program Manager at Agilent Technologies; Rebecca Fabisch-Miller, Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo; Maureen Price, CEO of the Sacramento Boys and Girls Club; and Roberta Kuhlman, Director of Development & Alumni Relations at the GSM.
Socially Responsible Internship Panel:
In November, Net Impact hosted a panel featuring second year students who interned at socially responsible businesses and organizations. The panelists worked in a wide range of industries, including clean energy/technology, environmental consulting, microfinance, sustainable food consulting, and education reform. Some of the organizations these panelists interned for include the National Park Service, Tesla, PG&E, Opportunity Fund, DC Public Schools, and Live Culture.
Making an Impact Workshop:
In October, Davis Net Impact hosted a personal development workshop. This participatory event gave students a chance to reflect how they would like to have an impact in the world, and provided coaching and skills to chart that path. The workshop was facilitated by David Lapedis, an Impact coach in Berkeley.
Net Impact Retreat:
At the beginning of the new school year, Davis Net Impact hosted its annual student retreat in the Tahoe wilderness. More than two thirds of the GSM student body joined to meet their new classmates, enjoy the outdoors, and discuss the year ahead.
Panel Discussion: Economic and Regulatory Realities of Greenhouse Gas Reduction:
Students, Faculty, and Professionals came together for a discussion of greenhouse gas reduction strategies and the economic, political and practical issues raised by regulatory and policy approaches to emissions control. The panel, moderated by Professor Brad Barber, included:
• Anthony Eggert, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
• John DiStasio, General Manager and CEO, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
• Associate Professor Christopher Knittel, Department of Economics, UC Davis
Sustainable and Smart Development:
Club RE+D and Net Impact teamed up to host a discussion on sustainable growth and development, featuring guest speaker, Renner Johnston, an architect with Mogavero Notestine Associates. He discussed urban sprawl versus infill, the history of suburbs and the future of design and culture. The speaker was followed by a field trip to Sacramento for a guided tour of a poorly designed neighborhood and a well-designed neighborhood.
Green Building Discussion:
Net Impact and the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center were proud to present “High Performance Green Commercial Building Valuation” on Tuesday, April 20. Presenter James Finlay, VP Commercial Appraisal Manager at Wells Fargo, discussed techniques to determine value, payback and ROI to justify investing in energy/resource efficiency in commercial buildings.
Community Service Project: Therapy Animals:
On Saturday, May 22, Hearts and Hooves Sacramento planned to prepare and install an irrigation system for their miniature horses, and Davis Net Impact organized volunteers to make it possible! The miniature horses are used to aid in therapeutic healing in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and special schools. They provide therapy and loving support to children and adults who have experienced emotional and physical abuse, severe illnesses and all forms of disability.
Local & Organic Foods Tasting:
Fellow students joined Net Impact for a tasty treat of a wide variety of local and seasonal foods at the Davis Food Co-Op! Participants got the chance to learn about the local agriculture scene as well as the Co-Op itself.