Texas State Updates: Net Impact

San Marcos organizations lend
support to Texas State Net Impact

By Gary Gannon

organization logoThe Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce are lending support to the Texas State University Net Impact Program’s 2012 Green Impact Campaign by helping them align their program with local companies who are interested in participating.

Students from Texas State Net Impact, a service group committed to making a positive difference in the world with sustainable projects relating to economic, environmental and social issues, are offering free energy audits to local businesses and nonprofits that are looking to potentially reduce their operating costs and minimize their energy use.

The free energy audits are administered by student members of Texas State Net Impact and consist of a limited number of questions regarding all areas of energy usage on business premises. Net Impact students use a custom smartphone app to enter the survey information, which is then turned into an easy-to-understand report containing confidential data that serves to guide businesses in lowering energy use and saving money.

“It is truly exciting to see students working on a project that helps improve the bottom line for local business and, at the same time, is sustainable over the long-haul. Members of the chamber and the Greater San Marcos Partnership stand to gain — and the students have opportunity to interact with the business leaders and learn how they operate. It’s definitely a win-win,” says Amy Madison, president and CEO of GSMP.

Brian Bondy, president of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, voices agreement. “Here is a group of enterprising leaders who have not only come up with a great idea, but they can and already are implementing it for the San Marcos community … It’s yet another reason why Texas State University and its students are such an integral part of the community.”

Texas State Net Impact is one of only 20 chapters from around the world to be selected to conduct this audit. Dr. Janet Hale, a Texas State professor and Net Impact’s advisor, says, “We are hoping that San Marcos will become a flagship for business energy conservation and reduced energy costs.”

To learn more about participating in this free survey, visit www.greenimpactcentral.com.

Gary Gannon is the marketing and communications manager for GSMP,
a nonprofit partnership focused on directing future growth and positioning the region for a wider diversity of quality jobs with higher wages. He can be reached by phone at 512.393.3400 or by email at garyg@greatersanmarcostx.com.

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