Net Impact club travels to Weis Headquarters

Megan Ganning, Staff Writer

The University’s Net Impact club traveled to the new Weis Markets food store in Selinsgrove, Pa. on Oct. 27 to learn about sustainability in business. Net Impact is a student organization that supports students in finding opportunities for internships and jobs in sustainability. It works to give students experience in local community development through small businesses and charitable organizations.

 “Net Impact is a group of students and professionals from all over the world who are concerned about sustainability. We strive to make a positive environmental and social impact through the work that we do and our careers,” club president Jenna Weaver ’15 said. “Bucknell bring[s] opportunities to students to raise awareness of how they can integrate sustainability in their own lives and careers.”

A group of seven students visited the eco-friendly Weis store. Patti Olenick, the manager of sustainability for Weis Markets, gave them a tour and explained the eco-friendly fixtures that have been installed. Some of the installations include doors in the dairy section to keep refrigeration in, automatic light sensors in the frozen food section, and skylights in the ceiling.

Weis has been working to promote “going green” and environmentally conscious initiatives. It has been successful in decreasing a negative impact on the environment but has also saved money due to these eco-friendly changes.

“Saving energy is good for the environment and for the budget,” Weaver said.

Olenick treated the group to pizza from the new brick oven to conclude the tour.

“I’ve never been so fascinated with a grocery store before,” Net Impact member Katie Cappola ’17 said. 

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