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.

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

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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…)

Northwest Green Chemistry Webinar: Principles of Sustainable Product Design

This sustainable business webinar series, From a Green Idea to a Successful Business, is organized by Northwest Green Chemistry, with support from NBIS and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), as part of an initiative to increase business education and engagement with green chemistry in the Pacific Northwest.

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Webinar: Principles of Sustainable Product Design

May 19, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, PT

Raising 2030 IQ
How do the principles of green chemistry and engineering inform sustainable product design?  Application of these principles ensures that products use materials that are safe, that can flow in a circular economy, and that have a beneficial impact on natural resources.  Three leading experts will each explain one of the three main branches of the Design Principles for Sustainable and Green Chemistry and Engineering and link these to successful business examples:  1) Maximize resource efficiency:  David Constable (Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute).  2) Eliminate and minimize hazards and pollution:  Lauren Heine (Executive Director, Northwest Green Chemistry).  3)  Design holistically and use life cycle thinking:  Kathy Hart (Senior Project Manager, US EPA Design for the Environment).

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