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Join the NBIS Impact Community: Upcoming Events, Programs, Activities


Tacoma Eco-Hour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What we’ve been up to!

Celebrating NW Sustainable Food and Agriculture at our Harvest Eco-Hour November 18th!

Meeting with Business & Civic Leaders in Aberdeen – November 13th

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Planning By-Product Synergy – waste to profit event for Spring 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking about By-Product Synergy and Zero Waste strategies at ReuseConex Conference, Austin, October 23rd

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He’s laughing, not sleeping!

 

 

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…)

Eco-Hour with Schooner Exact

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Mixing it up! This month, we’re doing something different! We’re going to visit our new beer sponsor at their brewery and restaurant at a cool hub in SODO.

April 1, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Schooner Exact Brewing
3901 First Ave S, Seattle

Join us for an informal Eco-Hour at Schooner Exact Brewing Company. Meet the owners and brew master, sample the beer and connect with other professionals who are passionate about sustainable business.

Free! There is no cost to register. Drinks and refreshments are available for purchase.

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Innovating Waste-To-Profit in Grays Harbor

 

EVENT DETAILS:
April 28, 2015
The Log Pavilion
1401 Sargent Blvd, Aberdeen WA

 

 

 

This event will engage Grays Harbor businesses and community members in innovative, entrepreneurial approaches to sustainable resource management. Participants will hear from local companies about real world examples of cost-saving waste material exchanges, participate in interactive activities to generate greater value from their own waste streams, and collaborate with industry partners and other stakeholders in cross-sector creative discussions focused on developing waste-to-profit opportunities in the region.

Join us for a unique opportunity to connect with local businesses and build a sustainable community in Grays Harbor County!

 

AGENDA
11:30 – 12:00 Check-In & Networking
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch & Welcome
12:30 – 1:35 Introduction to By-Product Synergy; Speaker Panel: Examples and Visions for Grays Harbor
1:45 – 2:55 Fast Match Waste Material Workshop
3:05 – 4:15 Brainstorm & Discussion Breakout Session: Developing Waste-To-Profit Opportunities in Grays Harbor
4:15 – 4:30 Closing Remarks

 

BY-PRODUCT SYNERGY NWbpsnw_web

NBIS helps companies turn waste materials into resources for new products here in the Northwest.

Through our By-Product Synergy NW program, the online Materials Innovation Exchange, and our Materials Roundtables, participants address challenging waste streams to develop solutions that cut costs, reduce waste, and create economic opportunities.

To learn more about our work, check out this video from our last By-Product Synergy community event in Seattle.

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

                

Interested in being an NBIS sponsor? Contact Mary Rose, Co-Director of NBIS at (425) 445-2600.

Innovating Waste-To-Profit in Tacoma & South Sound

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EVENT DETAILS:
May 12, 2015
University Y Student Center
1720 Market Street, Tacoma WA

 

 

 

This event will engage Tacoma and South Sound businesses and community members in innovative, entrepreneurial approaches to sustainable resource management. Participants will hear from local companies about real world examples of cost-saving waste material exchanges, participate in interactive activities to generate greater value from their own waste streams, and collaborate with industry partners and other stakeholders in cross-sector creative discussions focused on developing waste-to-profit opportunities in the region.

Join us for a unique opportunity to connect with local businesses and build a sustainable community in Tacoma and South Sound!

 NBIS members: contact lexiec@nbis.org for discount information! 

 

AGENDA
11:30 – 12:00 Check-In & Networking
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch & Welcome
12:30 – 1:35 Introduction to By-Product Synergy; Speaker Panel: Examples and Visions for Tacoma & South Sound
1:45 – 2:55 Fast Match Waste Material Workshop
3:05 – 4:15 Brainstorm & Discussion Breakout Session: Developing Waste-To-Profit Opportunities in Tacoma & South Sound
4:15 – 4:30 Closing Remarks

 

BY-PRODUCT SYNERGY NWbpsnw_web

NBIS helps companies turn waste materials into resources for new products here in the Northwest.

Through our By-Product Synergy NW program, the online Materials Innovation Exchange, and our Materials Roundtables, participants address challenging waste streams to develop solutions that cut costs, reduce waste, and create economic opportunities.

To learn more about our work, check out this video from our last By-Product Synergy community event in Seattle.

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Interested in being an NBIS sponsor? Contact Mary Rose, Co-Director of NBIS at (425) 445-2600.

B Corporations, Benefit and Social Purpose Corporations: Impact-Driven Companies

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An NBIS White Paper

Business has a demonstrated power to deliver results. However, too often these results are biased toward the benefit of shareholders and at odds with what makes our society a better place. A new type of corporation with a formalized purpose that includes generating positive impact for society in its core was needed.

Launching a new era of sustainable business, certified B Corporations and legal entities such as Benefit Corporations and Social Purpose Corporations combine business success with social and environmental responsibility and public accountability. As their number, diversity and impact increase, these companies are demonstrating the creativity and innovation that sustainable businesses can bring to our economy. (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.

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