From working as a Project Manager at Proctor & Gamble to running Veena’s Market as a solopreneur, Veena Prasad has created a career out of challenging herself. Project Feast, which will be featured at NBIS’ June 13th Eco-Hour, emerged from an application for a grant created only two days before the deadline. The time constraint was no barrier to Project Feast; the idea quickly gained followers including Aparna Rae, Veena’s business partner who has over ten years of experience working with refugee communities in Chicago, Vancouver, and in Seattle. “Project Feast was born from an understanding of what a perfect ‘job’ looked like to me.” Veena said recently. “I missed working with others and realized that I wanted to do something that had a positive impact on society.” Veena’s desire to do something positive has paid off in a big way and Project Feast has established itself as a social-impact non-profit aiming to help immigrant and refugee cooks find sustainable employment in the food industry through relevant job training programs.
Project Feast caters meals for 20 to 200, providing training for refugees and immigrants, and offering cookingclasses. Large-scale events are a welcome challenge for Project Feast but their specialty lies in smaller events that foster greater connection with the trainees. Founder Veena Prasad says, “These events and interactions are really important, as part of our mission is to bridge the mainstream and refugee/immigrant cultures.”
Trainings at Project Feast cover topics ranging from catering and food safety to menu planning. The classes are a way for trainees to increase job readiness. After completion of the training program, participants can work with Project Feast and can also lead ethnic food cooking classes. Currently the offerings include a Burmese and Indian menu and will soon include a Middle Eastern selection.
The influence Project Feast has had on its participants is tangible as Veena explains, “Aparna and I met Annie P, through Mona Han at the Coalition of Refugees from Burma. The first time that we met Annie in February, she was extremely shy, communicating primarily through Mona who translated back and forth. During the following meetings and events, we arranged for a translator. Since our first meeting in February, we’ve watched Annie blossom. At a recent cooking demonstration, Annie was able to communicate without a translator and has enjoyed talking with customers about her life and family, living in the US, and her recipes. She told me she really enjoys speaking with people when she helps us with an event. I’m sure she also appreciates all the people stopping to tell her how much they liked the food!”
Veena credits a strong network of talented people in helping Project Feast expand connections into refugee communities and organizations around the Seattle area. The Project is looking to partner with more organizations serving immigrant and refugee groups and will offer training programs on site. With this support, Project Feast is sure to continue its growth as a unique, impactful non-profit here in the Northwest.
Register here for the Eco-Hour on June 13th with Project Feast and Office Nomads.
Like a growing number of the population, founder James Morse is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts and has been since he was a child. His allergy is so sensitive that he is unable to try most bakery products—even the smallest amount of residual nut can send him to the hospital. Most of the reactions suffered have been due to inadvertently touching some peanut or nut residue and then touching his mouth or eating something by hand like a bagel or slice of pizza. The point of contamination may have been as unthreatening as a doorknob that had recently been touched by someone who had eaten peanuts.
To improve their commitment to selling “Nut Safe” products, Little Rae’s Bakery eliminated all peanuts and tree nuts from their products and became a Nut Free facility in July of 2008. (more…)
Ingenium believes and has proven that handling regulated waste in a manner that is environmentally sustainable is not just forward thinking; it makes good business sense as well. It’s that combination of practicality and vision that Ingenium brings to every client we serve. Our innovative approach is changing the dialogue on how hazardous, biological and radiological waste is handled. It goes far beyond disposal or incineration, all with processes that reduce cost, risk and liability. (more…)
Bee Good Marketing helps sustainable businesses and select nonprofits do a better job with their online marketing. We specialize in tactics such as Search Engine Optimization (“SEO”), Pay-per-Click Search (“PPC”) campaigns, and other proven “Inbound Marketing” methods like infographics, blogging, contests and games, resource pages, grants or scholarships, and more.
As a visitor to the NBIS site, you know that one of the best ways to make a positive impact on our society and planet (in addition to supporting the work of nonprofits) is to consume products and services that are produced in a more sustainable fashion than their competition. We essentially “vote” with our wallets. (more…)
Socially Responsible Banking for Sustainable Communities
One PacificCoast Bank, FSB, focuses on economic and environmental sustainability and takes a triple-bottom-line approach to community and environmental banking. We believe that a healthy environment is necessary for economic prosperity. We also believe that we can be a catalyst for positive change in our communities by providing fair, transparent, and sustainable banking products and services.
Formed from the December 2010 merger between OneCalifornia Bank and ShoreBank Pacific, One PacificCoast Bank is one of only 80 banks in the nation that is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by The U.S. Department of the Treasury. A certified CDFI is a specialized financial institution that works in market niches underserved by traditional financial institutions. CDFI certification is a designation conferred by the CDFI Fund and is a requirement for accessing financial and technical award assistance. Financial and technical assistance from the CDFI Fund can increase economic opportunity and promote community development investments for underserved populations and in distressed communities. (more…)
Mighty House Construction was founded March 2009, when Doug Elfline, a third-generation remodeling and construction veteran with more than 20 years of experience, combined forces with his wife, Laura Elfline, a green building aficionado and business/marketing consultant. Despite having launched their business in the midst of a devastating economic downturn, Laura, Doug, and their team have made Mighty House Construction a success. (more…)
Elevate Your Brand.
Achieving marketing and branding success doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your social values. Conversely, operating sustainably and responsibly doesn’t have to hold back your company’s commercial success. This is the premise on which TRAY Creative begins each and every client engagement.
TRAY, a Seattle-based marketing, branding and digital agency, specializes in working with clients who value their communities as much as their balance sheets. (more…)
Veena, a food enthusiast and entrepreneur, grew up in India before moving to the US as a teenager. To bring her passion for cooking to American kitchens, she started Veena’s Market in 2010 with the mission of helping people cook authentic and healthy Indian food at home.
Veena’s Market offers cook-it-yourself recipe kits that give you all the spice ingredients and rice in a convenient pack along with a well-tested recipe. Veena saw firsthand that Americans attempting to cook Indian food at home are often discouraged by the challenge of finding all the right spices in reasonable amounts and recipes that work for them. Veena’s Market solves this problem by offering pre-packaged kits with the specialty ingredients in just the amounts you need, including a shopping list for the fresh ingredients and a proven recipe. Where available, we use organic and fair trade ingredients, following through on Veena’s Market’s commitment to sourcing ingredients ethically. We minimize the amount of packaging and use recyclable or recycled materials. No artificial food coloring or preservatives are used in any of our products. We believe that organic is not only healthy, but increases the flavor of our spice blends. (more…)
Sustainability is in the Company DNA
NRG Insurance is a brokerage and insurance agency with a history of successfully integrating sustainable business practices. The company is the first US brokerage to go carbon neutral and has been recognized over the years for reducing its impact on the environment, as well as fostering a healthy work-life balance for employees.
At NRG, sustainability is infused in all aspects of the business. As a Certified B Corp, NRG is committed to meeting specific objectives for a socially responsible business, taking employee, community, and environmental interests into consideration when making decisions. (more…)
Elliott Bay Brewing Co. takes a very progressive approach to practicing sustainability. We believe in taking charge of choices that influence quality of life…whether globally, locally or individually. From large to small, we have made conscious commitments over the years to minimize our impact on the environment, and to support those who operate with a similar philosophy. (more…)
A Culture of Sustainability
Sustainability and environmental awareness permeate everything we do at Correctional Industries. From selecting raw materials for our products to slimming business operations and carefully choosing the markets we enter, they are an integral part of CI’s culture.
Sustainable business practices converge naturally with Correctional Industries’ mission to rehabilitate offenders through job training and reduce Corrections’ reliance on tax dollars. Training in sustainable technology and lean manufacturing systems prepares offenders for work in a world increasingly focused on these important issues. In the process they also learn environmental ethics and business strategies. Meanwhile, sustainable practices multiply the effectiveness of every tax dollar, helping CI generate about $32.50 in benefits for every dollar in cost and contribute millions of dollars each year to Washington’s economy. (more…)
Architectural Art Glass
Glassworks combines the translucent properties of glass, the energy of design, and the focus of purpose to create one-of-a kind architectural works-of-art for commercial and residential settings. Glassworks transforms the visions of architects and designers into technically sound art installations that surround the senses and invite the eye to linger and enjoy. (more…)
A long time ago, I embraced the advice to find something that I love and then find a way to make a living doing that. This is what I have done. I’ve taken the creativity of filmmaking and photography, my commitment to social justice and environmental issues and working toward a better world, and my desire to be an entrepreneur, and created Pangeality Productions. (more…)
At the turn of the century, a few years before words such as “green” and “eco” became ubiquitous and embraced by mainstream opportunism, business journalist Brian Back took a keen interest in the growing community of dedicated West Coast business leaders pioneering sustainable business practices. Unable to convince his former employer, a mainstream business publication, to provide adequate coverage of the burgeoning opportunity, Brian set up a series of meetings with several of those business leaders to brainstorm ideas. Soon after, Sustainable Industries was born.
“Environment is more than something that surrounds us,” says photographer Robert J. Pennington. “It is an interactive experience and what we bring away from it very much depends on what we bring to it.” As a photo-artist who has spent years photographing the outbacks and urban encroachments of the American landscape, Pennington’s work is the featured collection of Rhizome Images. An independent, stock photography resource dedicated to sustainable themes, the collection is driven by Pennington’s images of positive, negative, and alternative resource interactions. Offering rights-managed and royalty-free images of solar wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, mining and general power as well as landscapes, wildlife, architectural, business and botanical photos, Rhizome Images offers a rare opportunity to access more than 1,500 unique images for use in marketing, business, and fine art projects.
At PMI, we design, manufacture and market innovative food and beverage solutions designed for busy lifestyles. Our two most recognizable brands, Stanley and Aladdin, are both nearly 100 years old. By using advanced technologies, materials and research, we’ve extended these beloved brands into the future while remaining rooted in our past.
These Mothers can Cook!
And we’ll make sure everyone has fun along the way. With our selection of intriguing menus created with the freshest, seasonal ingredients from local farmers, you know our food is going to be amazing. But successful catering is more than that! It’s our commitment to you, our community and the environment that make us unique. Our personalized service will ensure your event is exactly the way you want it – from start to finish. We’re here for you!
The “Plus” in our name refers to much more than printing on recycled papers with soy-based inks. It’s about all the little things we do that make us a sustainable company including:
- Enjoying our work with non-profits and local businesses
- Working closely with customers in the design stage to ensure printing success
- Resourcing only the most appropriate green papers and printing with vegetable-based soy inks
- Separating and recycling everything we can in our shop, including scrap paper and pad donations to local schools
- Providing a living wage to our employees and building prosperity in our community
- Acquiring one of the first chemistry-free computer to plate systems on the market (and our new digital printer has the highest rating for energy efficiency)
- Offering NBIS Members a 10% discount on their next eco-friendly print job.
Graphics Plus is located in White Center, just around the corner from High Point, one of Seattle’s most progressive and environmentally-friendly communities. We offer craftsman quality offset and modern high-end digital printing. As responsible printers we employ practices that minimize harm to the environment and maximize printing perfection.
Traditional + Digital Printing
Stationery Systems + Programs + Annual Reports + Event Materials + Catalogues + Newsletters & Flyers + Direct Mail + Posters
Anything you can imagine