NBIS | Network for Business Innovation and SustainabilityNBIS. Network for business innovation and sustainability.

Welcome to NBIS

We provide regional leadership, professional development programs and a collaborative cross-sector community to advance sustainability through the power of business.

What we offer:


Deepen your capacity to lead and implement sustainability initiatives. Learn more about NBIS’ track record and leadership.


Access the latest tools and strategies, from the tried-and-true to the most innovative approaches. Learn more about our programs and events


Form valuable connections across industries and sectors. Learn more about our broad member community.

Brilliant and Beautiful Innovation featured at January 28th Eco-Hour

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We’re delighted to kick off 2016 with Evrnu and Botanical Colors!

Join us at EVRNU for our first Eco-Hour of 2016 featuring a brilliant example of circular economy in action and beautiful colors made from natural plant and mineral dyes! Eco-Hour - Networking with a Purpose

When: January 28, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Where: Evrnu, 3200 1st Avenue South, Suite 200, Seattle
Cost: FREE for NBIS Members, $15 for non-members
(Drinks and light refreshments included)
Register at: http://eco-hour-evrnu.eventbrite.com/


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Meet our hosts:

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After COP 21: Achieving Business Success in a Low Carbon Economy

Feb 25th, 7:30-11:30 amRaising 2030 IQ

Davis Wright Tremaine
1201 Third Ave, Suite 2200
Seattle, WA

The global low-carbon economy is officially here!

The impacts of the COP 21 climate agreements are sweeping through business, finance, and investment communities as well as advancing proactive governmental policies. Engagement of the private sector is critical to achieving the climate goals established in Paris and to preserving business competitiveness in a low carbon economy.

Join NBIS and a panel of business and climate action leaders for first-hand perspectives on the spirit and momentum of that landmark achievement and the implications for Washington businesses. Following the panel discussion, Karl Ostrom, Co-Executive Director of NBIS, and local business leaders will present new strategies and planning processes that companies are using to prepare for climate change risks and to leverage the opportunities evolving from this important global turning point!


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From Passion to Profession: Creating An Impactful Career Through Business


Raising 2030 IQWhen: March 23, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Where: Impact Hub, Learning Studio, 3rd Floor, 220 Second Avenue S, Seattle
Cost: $10 for Net Impact and NBIS Members, $20 for general admission. (Drinks and light refreshments included.)
Register at: http://passion-profession.eventbrite.com/


Please join us for an inspiring evening of conversation about bringing passion and values to the workplace. We will hear from an esteemed panel of professionals who have followed a variety of paths in their aspirations to integrate sustainability into their work and turn their passions into impactful careers.  A great networking opportunity with like-minded professionals followed by rich discussion–this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Mark your calendars for the evening of Wednesday, March 23rd from 5:30pm – 7:30pm as we gather in downtown Seattle at Impact Hub. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

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Tour and Eco-Hour Reception with Cascade Designs

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Eco-Hour - Networking with a Purpose

When: March 29, 4:00 – 5:30 pm (tour), 5:30 – 7:30 pm (reception)
Where: Cascade Designs, 4000 1st Avenue S, Seattle
Cost: The tour is FREE. The Eco-Hour is free for NBIS Members, $10 for GoGreen registrants and $20 for general admission. (Drinks and light refreshments included.)
Register at: http://cascade-designs-nbis.eventbrite.com/.

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Please join us at Cascade Designs for a tour of the Therm-a-Rest and Mountain Safety Research (MSR) manufacturing facilities. See where our legendary mattresses, camp furniture, stoves, and water filters are built and tested before they make their way onto store shelves worldwide. We will discuss our manufacturing processes and how “Made in America” supports the quality and sustainability of our products. Afterwards, we will hold a reception in our corporate showroom with light refreshments and beverages.

This event is held in partnership with the GoGreen Conference
on March 30th.


GiveBIG: Seattle’s Biggest Day of Giving



Hosted by the Seattle Foundation

May 3, 2016

GiveBIG is a unique, one-day, online charitable giving event encouraging residents of King County to give locally. Through GiveBIG, King County residents are asked to give to local nonprofits of their choosing through the Seattle Foundation‘s online Giving Center. Contributions are partially matched by a “stretch pool” provided by The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors. (more…)

2016 WSRA Conference & Trade Show

Raising 2030 IQ

Who: Washington State Recycling Association
When: May 15-18, 2016
Where: Wenatchee Convention Center, Wenatchee, WA
Discount Code: Use “NBIS” code to receive 20% discount!
Register at: https://wsra.site-ym.com/?page=Conf_2016


As a valuable community partner of Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA)’s 2016 Conference & Trade Show, the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability invites you to join WSRA May 15-18, 2016 at the Wenatchee Convention Center in Wenatchee, WA for four days of educational sessions presented by industry experts, tours of local facilities, excursions focused on exploring the local community and endless networking opportunities at numerous social events including WSRA’s annual Awards Gala Banquet, this year celebrating the 40th Anniversary of WSRA! (more…)

Adaptive Leadership: Business Management for Resilience in a Complex World

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btn_registerWhen: June 28, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Skanska USA, 221 Yale Ave N, Ste 400,  Seattle, WA
Cost: $65 for NBIS Members, $85 for non-members.
(Breakfast and refreshments included.)
Register at: http://adaptive-leadership.eventbrite.com/

Companies worldwide are recognizing the need to manage risks and achieve sustainable growth in the face of increasing environmental and social disruptions.

Join NBIS for our latest Breakthrough Sustainability Seminar, which covers how a systems-focused management framework will help your company achieve business advantage and transformative impact. Learn how companies like Nike and Skanska are reaping the benefits of moving away from compartmentalized thinking towards sustainability. Case presenters will share how and why they are embracing a holistic, integrated management model to reevaluate their role in the value chain, stimulate innovation and develop shared-value projects with stakeholders. Participants will leave the seminar with insights about best practices for applying this approach to their own organizations.


New Challenges Reshaping Corporate Social Responsibility

nbis-new-challenges-wpBusiness has the capacity, innovation and duty to carve a new path toward sustainability, says Karl Ostrom, PhD, in his latest white paper titled New Challenges Reshaping Corporate Social Responsibility. The co-founder and co-executive director of the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS) released his paper today at the 2014 GoGreen Seattle Conference.

“As usual, NBIS is pushing us all to the next level on our sustainability journeys with this new white paper,” said Toronto-based author and speaker Bob Willard of Sustainability Advantage. “Karl defines how companies can respond to the sustainability imperative and position themselves to thrive on a finite, crowded, resource-constrained, climate-destabilized planet. We urgently need new visionary benchmarks of environmentally and socially responsible business performance, and NBIS is helping to define them. Thanks, NBIS!” (more…)

About NBIS

NBIS, the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability is the northwest nonprofit that delivers expertise, education, and networking opportunities to business professionals who are leading their companies and communities toward profitable sustainability. NBIS members are companies, organizations and individuals committed to aligning their business practices with the values that sustain prosperous companies, thriving ecosystems and valued quality of life.

Learn more about how NBIS can help you