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By-Product Synergy Day demonstrates the power of collaboration!

NBIS’ By-Product Synergy Day, held January 22nd at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, was a highly productive learning and collaboration event. The program included two Materials Roundtables and a lunch forum that featured case examples of strategies for reducing waste, conserving resources and building strong companies.

The morning roundtable focused on hospital “blue” wrap. Participants included stakeholders from  local hospitals, medical supply distributers, waste and recycling haulers, commercial end users, city officials, and additional interested individuals. With these diverse perspectives present, we discussed the major challenge points along the stream of recycling sterilization wrap and identified solution-based initiatives that we will develop in follow-up meetings.

The lunch program, “Zero-Waste for Sustainable and Profitable Organizations,” featured three exemplary speakers and case examples: Michael Geller of Providence Health and Services, Oregon; Kim Dueringer of Romac Industries; and Bryant Esch of Waupaca Foundry Inc. Each spoke about their company’s initiatives to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources, and develop management systems for more profitable and sustainable organizations. Linda Dombrowski of the Duwamish tribe, welcomed BPS Day participants and gave an overview of the tribe’s history in Puget Sound and the cultural and political significance of the Longhouse building where we were meeting.

The afternoon roundtable centered on waste materials generated by metal casting manufacturers and steel mills, refractory brick and foundry sand in particular. We were pleased to have participants from the key stakeholder groups,  including manufacturers, concrete and cement companies, suppliers, industry associations, and state environmental regulators. The conversation focused on the challenges and opportunities surrounding Beneficial Reuse alternatives. Going forward, we’ll be focusing on sand reclamation, land applications, developing waste to product options and streamlining permitting.

We extend our thanks to all who participated and supported this event! We look forward to building on the information, ideas and energy that resulted from the meetings.



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.

blue wrap

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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Harvest Eco-Hour Celebrates Northwest Sustainable Food and Farms!

Farming at 21 Acres

Northwest Sustainable Food Systems: An Eco-Hour with Antioch University, PCC Natural Markets, PCC Farmland Trust, 21Acres and Morethana Farm! 

What better time to learn about the sustainability of our food systems than at harvest time? For this event, we’ve brought together food producers and distributors to speak about the ways in which their organizations are promoting sustainability in how we eat.
Eco-Hour - Networking with a Purpose
Join us for our November Eco-Hour networking event, featuring Antioch University, 21 Acres, Morethana Farm,  PCC Natural Markets and PCC Farmland Trust.

When: November 18th, 5:00-7:30 pm
Where: Antioch University, 2326 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121


Eco-Hour RSVP


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…)

Volunteer Opportunity – Newsletter, Website & Media Communications Manager


NBIS is seeking professional or student volunteers who are passionate about sustainable business and skilled in journalism and social media to elevate our communications program. We seek individuals with strong writing skills, content expertise and personal energy for ongoing roles involving newsletter communications, social media outreach, and website management. Content typically includes disseminating news about upcoming NBIS events and opportunities, highlighting the profiles and accomplishments of our members and community, and sharing innovative ideas, best practices, case studies and emerging trends in the field of sustainable business through our various communication channels.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Research, write and share engaging content related to the latest in sustainable thought leadership and case examples of sustainable business practices;
  • Create and distribute 2 newsletters per month;
  • Post weekly content on the NBIS website and social media platforms.



  • Excellent written and communication skills;
  • Background knowledge of sustainability concepts, CSR practices and environmental and social issues (desired);
  • Independent worker capable of taking initiative and maintaining flexibility;
  • Passion for mission and goals of NBIS and ability to absorb and integrate these into work.


Time Commitment and Compensation:

Volunteers interested in this role are requested to make a minimum commitment of 8 hours a week.

This position is uncompensated, though all NBIS volunteers are rewarded through the mentorship, training and connections provided. Volunteers benefit from our reputation and network as we engage a wide community of business, public-sector and non-profit professionals. Working alongside our Executive Directors, Board members and other volunteers, you will gain valuable work experience, contributing concretely to NBIS’ strength as an impact-driven organization.

NOTE: internship credit is available for current students.


Application Process and Contact Information:

Please send a short cover letterresume and relevant writing sample to Lexie Carr at lexiec[at]nbis.org.