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Join us for our Winter By-Product Synergy Waste-to-Resources Event!

Innovating Waste-to-Profit in Puget Sound

Join us for a day of roundtable workshops, case presentations and inspiration for materials recovery and reuse!

January 22, 2015
Duwamish Longhouse
4705 West Marginal Way, SeattleDuwamish Longhouse

9:00 – 9:30 Refreshments & Networking
9:30 – 11:30 Hospital Blue Wrap and Plastic Roundtable
11:30 – 1:30 Networking and Lunch Program: Zero Waste for Sustainable and Profitable Organizations
1:45 – 3:45 Refractory Brick & Foundry Sand Roundtable
3:45 – 4:30 Networking


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.

Join us for a day of learning, discussion, and collaborative problem-solving on January 22nd at the welcoming and inspiring Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.

Registration discounts for BPS and NBIS members. The Lunch Program is included with Roundtable registration, or may be purchased separately.

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Morning Roundtable

Hospital Blue Wrap & Plastic Film

o Source reduction options
o Reuse streams: compaction; aggregation
o Local end markets
o Feasibility, barriers and solutions


Afternoon Roundtable

Refractory Brick & Foundry Sand

o Navigating the Beneficial Reuse regulatory process
o Next steps and value proposition for identified reuse options
o Thermal Reclamation option discussion

Lunch Program:

Zero Waste for Sustainable and Profitable Organizations

(Click HERE for descriptions of the speakers)

Mary Rose, NBIS – Welcome; Introduction of Speakers and Program

Michael Geller, Providence Health and Services, Oregon – “Using Vertical Integration to Close the Loop on Plastic Waste”

Kim DueringerRomac Industries – “Supply Chain Management Supporting Zero-Waste and Sustainability Goals”

Bryant Esch, Waupaca Foundry, Inc. – “Leading the Way for Green Foundries and Beneficial Reuse Practices”

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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


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


He’s laughing, not sleeping!



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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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