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National Net Impact Conference Comes to Ross Oct. 28-30, 2010

7/29/2010 --

More than 2,500 professionals and students will convene to explore issues in corporate responsibility, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship.

ANN ARBOR — Net Impact, one of the most effective and high-profile organizations promoting socially and environmentally responsible business, will host its 18th annual national conference at the Ross School Oct. 28-30, 2010.

"2020: Vision for a Sustainable Decade" is expected to draw more than 2,500 students, alumni, corporate leaders, and others committed to social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable development. The Ross School is the ideal host for several reasons, says Dean Robert Dolan.

"The idea that business does not exist in a vacuum is central to what we do here," Dolan says. "We embrace the fact that business unfolds in the wider world of human concerns and institutions."

The Ross School is home to the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and is among the best in the world for research and education related to the field. Roughly one third of the school's full-time MBA students belong to Net Impact, and the Ross student chapter has been voted chapter of the year three times by the national organization. Student members include dual-degree candidates at such U-M schools and colleges as natural resources, public health, and engineering. In addition, Ross is ranked the best business school in the United States for integrating environmental, social, and ethical issues into its MBA programs, according to the Aspen Institute's 2009-10 "Beyond Grey Pinstripes" report.

"The school's commitment to the social dimensions of business is visible in both our curriculum and our culture as evident by the enduring strength of our Net Impact chapter, by the school's approach to leadership development, and by our MBA program's consistently high showing in rankings like the Aspen Institute's 'Beyond Grey Pinstripes,'" Dolan says.

Plus, the national event will showcase the new Ross Campus, which was designed and built in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council awarded Ross a silver LEED designation in 2009. The rating cites the building's use of recycled building materials, green roofs, water efficiency, and more.

Visit the Net Impact site to view the conference agenda and register for the event.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847,