Kent State’s Net Impact Chapter Assembles Recycled Chairs to Promote Sustainability
Graduate students from Kent State University’s Net Impact chapter assembled 14 Adirondack chairs made out of recycled plastic on Sept. 7. Net Impact is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability in the workforce. Kent State’s chapter, which consists of about 15 members, resides in the College of Business Administration.
The parts for the plastic lumber chairs, supplied by Campus Enhancement funds, were put together outside the Kent Student Center and then placed around campus.
“One of the goals of the project was to create awareness with Kent State and the student body,” says Stephanie Berry, president of Net Impact. “A lot of people don’t know much about sustainability, so projects like this get people interested and give us an opportunity to share what we do.”
“An organization can choose to do well by encouraging positive actions, and Net Impact is one of the organizations that are leading the way in that,” says Cathy DuBois, Net Impact faculty advisor.
This is the third year the organization is involved in the project. In all, they have assembled 38 chairs.
Net Impact has several events planned for the future, including business tours to the Great Lakes Brewing Company and Harry London, guest speakers, a sustainability conference and a fundraiser to support local businesses in downtown Kent.