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2nd Chance Brewing opened in the Ballard brewing district of Seattle on April 24, 2014, producing 10 barrels per month of finely crafted Northwest-style ales. We currently sell kegs to pubs and do not have a tasting room. We believe in sustainability and giving back to our local community and that’s why we donate 1% of our profits to local Northwest Charities. 2nd Chance Brewing also believes in supporting local farmers by buying only Washington grown hops and base malts. Our hops are grown in the Yakima Valley region and the malts are grown in Eastern Washington. By purchasing these products, we are proud to support our local farming community.
Building on Antioch’s tradition of experiential education and socially engaged citizenship, the degree and certificate programs offered by the Center for Creative Change (C3) equips students to become leaders for organizational, social, and environmental sustainability, social justice and positive social transformation.
Students choose from the Center’s five interdisciplinary master’s degree programs:
Apex Facility Resources is dedicated to sustaining our environment by providing recycled office furnishings to our customers, using sustainable practices in the services we provide, and embracing environmental stewardship throughout our company.
The Arbor Group at UBS provides multi-strategy, fee-based asset management for foundations, endowments and high net worth families. The Arbor Group Portfolio Management is part of the UBS Portfolio Management Program (PMP) and specializes in socially and environmentally responsible, globally diversified investments.
The Arbor Group is a member of UBS Institutional Consulting Services. Services include Investment Policy, Asset Allocation, Independent Manager Search, Performance Monitoring and Board Review. The Arbor Group works globally with conservation trust funds and endowments.
atelierjones llc is an award-winning firm specializing in architecture and planning, with a particular focus on sustainable urban housing, large scale urban design, and smaller scale design projects. The firm creates delight in the dense urban realm, focusing on sustainable design, small urban infill residential projects, adaptive reuse and renovation projects. Described as an “incubator of design ideas” by a recent client, the firm is devoted to research and innovative approaches to design projects. atelierjones is known for crafting innovative, value-added solutions for their clients’ highly unique projects. Susan H. Jones, AIA, LEED AP is founder and principal. She is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington. Atelierjones llc is a member of By-Product Synergy NW and Susan serves on the project Steering Committee.
The Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association, and is one of two chambers in the country accredited with distinction by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Bee Good Marketing, LLC provides ethical and effective online marketing solutions to select businesses (those committed to corporate social responsibility) and nonprofit organizations. We help our clients increase the number of new visitors to their website using tactics such as Search Engine Optimization (“SEO”), Pay-per-Click (“PPC”) campaigns, and other proven Inbound Marketing methods.
We utilize both traditional and cause-related marketing campaigns, the latter creating win-win solutions that enhance our clients’ ability to be good corporate citizens while improving their bottom line. Additionally, 10% of our fees go to charities we choose with our clients. If you are interested in having Bee Good Marketing improve your online marketing efforts while enhancing your commitment to CSR, please don’t hesitate to touch base with us today!
For 30 years, Belina Interiors has been devoted to building world class interior projects. Founded by Paul Birkey, Belina is a full service supplier providing engineering, cabinetry, veneer, finish, metal and upholstery, all staffed with an enormously experienced crew. Mindful of the materials and resources used in precision metal and woodworking fabrication, Belina utilizes technology to reduce impacts and seeks alternative ways to reduce or reuse waste materials.
Consistently, we strive to be a bank that is “beneficial” to people and the planet as opposed to extractive. Our truly unique ownership model helps ensure we act in the best interests of these constituents. All of the economic rights of Beneficial State Bank are owned by our non-profit, Beneficial State Foundation, which is mandated to re-invest all profits, whenever distributed, back into the low-income communities we serve and the environment upon which we all depend. In our theory and experience, this ownership model aligns our incentives with the triple bottom-line and the values of our bank customers. At the same time, it protects the bank from the pressures of private shareholders to insist upon profit maximization that often comes at the expense of our triple bottom-line values. This model ensures more beneficial outcomes for all.
BetterWorld Telecom is the only nationwide, full-service voice and data telecommunications carrier solely focused on serving businesses and organizations that support social justice and sustainability. With Seattle-area clients including the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Yes! Magazine, Climate Solutions, and Full Circle Farm, BetterWorld is the first carbon neutral telecom carrier in the world, with an average 28% savings, 100% guarantee, and they donate 3% of top-line revenues to causes that benefit children, education, the environment and Fair Trade. Please call Gina Diamond for more information and to setup a free communications audit on 206.499.1791 or email us for more information.
CalPortland Company is a major diversified building materials and construction solutions provider to the Western United States and Canada. We pride ourselves in maximizing and building upon the efficiencies and strengths of a vertically integrated organization. From cement manufacturing and aggregate processing to ready-mixed concrete operations and construction, CalPortland is dedicated to using all of our resources to make our customers successful.
Located in Monroe, WA, Canyon Creek is a leading manufacturer of affordable framed and frameless cabinetry for every room in the home. In early 2009, Canyon Creek introduced its line of closet and storage products—Canyon Creek Cabinet Company Closets Plus—creating one of the most extensive lines of custom cabinetry and closet storage systems available.
Canyon Creek Cabinet Company has been a recognized leader in the kitchen and bath industry since 1981 and has won many industry awards for its cabinetry and environmental practices, including the EPA’s Evergreen Award for Environmental Excellence and the Governor’s Award for Sustainable Practices.
Cartridge World Seattle is a locally owned and operated company. We help businesses and households lower their costs and their carbon footprint by offering quality, locally re-manufactured ink and toner cartridges. We offer next day delivery and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We also provide printer repair services.
James Kinskey, Owner
Cartridge World – Seattle
400 NE 45th Street, Suite 140
Seattle, WA 98105
Fax: (206) 632-5560
Founded in Seattle in 1972, Cascade Designs, Inc. began with the simple idea of providing a more comfortable night outdoors. Since then, we have grown to become the parent company of some of the most respected brands in the outdoor industry including Therm-A-Rest®, MSR®, Platypus®, Seal-Line®, PackTowl®, E -Case®, and Hummingbird®. Though much has changed with this growth, our recipe for achieving success has not. We strive to make innovative, useful, and long-lasting products and believe that manufacturing the majority of our gear in our Seattle, USA, and Cork, Ireland facilities is an essential element in creating quality outdoor products.
Cascadia Consulting Group assists businesses to become “green”- strategically. We provide strategic planning and implementation services in waste reduction and recycling, water and energy efficiency, green building and climate change. Cascadia Consulting Group has been a recognized leader in environmental management consulting in Seattle since 1993. We have saved Seattle-area businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars by implementing green solutions.
Cedar Grove Composting and Emerald Services NW are a family-owned, 400-employee enterprise with roots in the waste management business going back to 1938. As the Pacific Northwest’s leading organic recycling company, Cedar Grove transforms grass, leaves, yard trimmings, food waste and wood waste into the finest nutrient-rich compost. From a humble beginning, Cedar Grove has developed a full line of healthy soils with a loyal following and has grown to become the largest single dedicated yard waste composting facility in the United States.
Emerald Services is Washington’s leading one-stop recycling and environmental services provider for manufacturers, transportation-related companies, the military, ship builders, and more. We continue to introduce innovative technologies for a greener tomorrow. Our mission is to create a sustainable business to re-use or re-manufacture the products we collect.
Chinook Book assembles deals from the best green and local merchants in each of our cities. We work with businesses that treat their employees and suppliers well, minimize their environmental impact, and play a vibrant role in their neighborhood. Available in both print and mobile (iPhone® & Android®), each Chinook Book contains local resources, neighborhood maps and amazing offers on:
restaurants, organic groceries, yoga and fitness, theater and museums, outdoor recreation gear, gardening supplies, green building supplies, clothing and gifts.
Washington State Correctional Industries produces custom furniture, uniforms and other products for sale to state-funded organizations as a way to provide jobs and skill training for the state’s incarcerated offenders. Job skills improve offenders’ chances for post-sentence employment, which greatly reduces their likelihood of returning to crime. Offenders’ wages reduce prisons’ reliance on tax dollars by paying the costs of incarceration and restitution to victims. In recent years, CI has placed considerable emphasis on environmentally friendly products and sustainable practices, which has opened many new opportunities to provide new products and, subsequently, created additional jobs and training options. Environmentally-focused changes have also reduced landfill-destined waste and saved money for CI and the state prison system.
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In an era of tighter budgets, companies are forced to cut costs without affecting service. With an array of confusing choices, it is difficult to know which operational changes are most effective.
Distributed Energy Management’s service quickly analyses energy use and priortizes the most cost effective improvements you can pursue. We tell you how much you spend to maintain your operations so that you can effectively decide how to change. Our clients can expect to save between 7% and 20% in lower annual utility costs.
E3 Energy Partners™ is a global leader in chemical engineering, process scale-up, detailed design and project oversight for renewable energy solutions rising from plentiful, non-food chain natural resources. Headquartered in Seattle, WA, the company has over 25 years experience designing, and managing energy related projects for petrochemical, pulp & paper, food processing and biofuel clients worldwide. The company partners with project developers, industrial companies and renewable energy technology providers around the world to create, scale-up and deploy new energy technologies and turn-key facilities serving energy needs of the 21st century. Current biomass to energy projects include next generation biodiesel from waste oils and fats up to 100% FFA; cellulosic ethanol from agricultural, forest and timber waste; and biogas from municipal green waste, food processing waste and byproduct streams from ethanol and biodiesel facilities. The firm is a member of By-Product Synergy NW; Rich Bacigalupi serves on the project Steering Committee.
EcoChem provides environmental chemistry consulting services throughout the United States. We develop chemical data that is reliable and accessible for environmental projects. Our staff of experienced chemists and environmental scientists provides guidance, quality assurance, oversight, and management of analytical data in support of investigations. We have conducted thousands of data quality assessments for clients nationwide with a wide range of regulatory requirements. EcoChem is a subsidiary of RIDOLFI Inc., and is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).
Our focus is on green, energy efficient, healthy, and affordable buildings within the Cascadia bioregion. Ecofab provides development services for sustainable homes and neighborhoods.
Encore Global, Inc. engages in international trading, business development and consulting with sole focus on sustainability. Our team of dedicated staff bring deep knowledge, skill and expertise, on top of an insatiable drive to make a difference in this world. The range of business we cover spans widely from renewable energy, industrial machinery, green building material, energy efficient building maintenance technology, and to natural and organic products. Our core principle is, “Think globally, look globally, move globally, and act locally with focus.”
Efikio curates products from upcycle designers & connects them with consumers. We also connect those designers to large manufacturers where their materials derive. This is how materials leftover from typical manufacturing processes get a second life. It’s called upcycling, it’s where boxes that shipped auto parts become beautiful shades for pendant lights and worn bike tires become the bags their riders carry. In the end, companies reduce waste, designers get inspired & you get goods with a unique story.
Emerald Services NW is a family-owned, 400-employee enterprise with roots in the waste management business going back to 1938. Emerald Services is Washington’s leading one-stop recycling and environmental services provider for manufacturers, transportation-related companies, the military, ship builders, and more. We continue to introduce innovative technologies for a greener tomorrow. Our mission is to create a sustainable business to re-use or re-manufacture the products we collect.
Emerald Services is the founder of Cedar Grove Composting, the Pacific Northwest’s leading organic recycling company. Cedar Grove transforms grass, leaves, yard trimmings, food waste and wood waste into the finest nutrient-rich compost. From a humble beginning, Cedar Grove has developed a full line of healthy soils with a loyal following and has grown to become the largest single dedicated yard waste composting facility in the United States.
Energy Savers Inc. provides insulation installation and removal, as well as weatherization and repair services to site-built, multi-family housing, and mobile homes participating in their local Weatherization Program. All sub-contractors utilized are licensed, bonded and insured.
An independent minority-owned general contractor, Energy Savers, Inc. has 32 years experience providing comprehensive insulation expertise and installation, and weatherization services for government or utility funded weatherization/home repair programs.
Environment International Ltd. is a multidisciplinary environmental consulting firm of experienced scientists, engineers, attorneys, policy analysts, facilitators, and outreach specialists. EI is unmatched in its ability to develop innovative, yet very practical and cost-effective strategies for environmental management, achieving clients’ operational, economic, and environmental goals. EI has advised on a wide range of issues in the United States, Canada, and numerous countries throughout Latin America, Asia and Europe. Prinicpals: Valerie Ann Lee, J.D., M.Sc.Civ.Eng., President, Pamela Bridgen, Ph.D., M.B.A., CEO and Senior Scientist.
At the Hutchinson Center, we live and breathe a life of science. Our interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Our researchers, including three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit and passion for health, knowledge and hope to their work and the world.
The Hutchinson Center, together with its clinical and research partners, the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, comprise the Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium. The Consortium is among 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers nationwide.
Genie Industries began in 1966 with the introduction of the Genie® Hoist, a portable, pneumatic material lift. It was followed by additional material lifts and a series of aerial work platforms to meet customer demand — products that quickly gained worldwide recognition and often represented breakthroughs in design. Today, as a subsidiary of Terex Corporation, Genie remains at the forefront of innovation and quality production. With four decades of experience, Genie provides the most advanced lifting equipment in the industry and the full line of products offers unmatched performance, safety and reliability. Genie utilizes lean and green approaches to identify the most efficient, environmentally sound ways to make the products customers want. “Lean” practices minimize waste with the goal of delivering the highest quality product in the shortest amount of time at the lowest cost to customers. In 2009, Genie’s GRC-12 Runabout Contractor won a RER Magazine’s Gold Award for most innovative product. Genie Industries is a member of By-Product Synergy NW.
Glassworks combines the translucent properties of glass, and the energy of design to create one-of-a kind architectural works-of-art for commercial and residential settings. Working directly with architects and interior designers to reflect ambience, brand identity and one-of-a-kind design presentations. Glass elements are non-toxic, easy to clean, and hold their integrity in high use areas. Recycled glass offerings elegantly showcase the eco-friendly nature of glass as a viable alternative to other materials. Glassworks owner Tish Oye is also LEED certified and deeply committed to sustainable building practices.
GR Green Building Products Inc (GR Green) has developed a breakthrough, patented process to produce the world’s 1st truly ecological, synthetic roofing and siding products at an affordable price. Made from limestone waste and recycled plastic – milk bottles and grocery bags – GR Green CedarTM and GR Green SlateTM are nearly carbon neutral and can be completely recycled at the end of their 50+ years of use. GR Green’s high quality / low cost products are not only eco-friendly and recyclable, they also look exceedingly natural, outperform all the competition and are inexpensive.
GR Green’s’ products are certifiable under the “Cradle to Cradle” standard, a stringent, closed-loop, manufacturing system where nothing is wasted and no harm is done to the environment or people’s health, during or after manufacture. They also generate a drastic reduction in plastic waste stream and in CO2 emissions. Out of their pilot plant near Vancouver, BC, GR Green has been producing show-home roofs and has passed all product-testing and licensing requirements in Canada. Read more at www.grgreen.com
Graphics Plus is a local Seattle print shop committed to integrating sustainable practices into traditional and digital colorful printing. For over 35 years we have been mindful of green issues in the print industry, and continually strive to make our shop as minimally wasteful and energy efficient as possible. We pride ourselves in working closely with businesses and non-profits in our community and provide larger companies in the Pacific Northwest with the exquisite brand collateral essentials they need. We work closely with our customers to help them select from a wide variety of beautiful eco-friendly papers and print with the best soy-based inks. We’ll make sure that whatever our customers print, they can feel confident knowing their marketing materials walk the talk.
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Group Health Cooperative began in 1947 as a community coalition dedicated to making quality health care available and affordable. Today it is one of the few health care organizations in the country governed by consumers. Its 11-member Board of Trustees — all health-plan members elected by other members — work closely with management and medical staff to ensure that the organization’s policies and direction put the needs of patients first.
Group Health Cooperative, together with its subsidiary Group Health Options, Inc., operates in all or parts of 20 counties in Washington and two counties in North Idaho. In Washington, Group Health Cooperative offers coordinated-care plans for both groups and individuals; Clear Care®, our Medicare Advantage plans; and plans for residents who qualify for Healthy Options (Medicaid), Basic Health, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP).
Care is provided by Group Health Permanente doctors and other clinicians at Group Health-operated medical facilities. In service areas where Group Health doesn’t own facilities and for plans offering more choice, a network of nearly 9,000 community clinicians and 41 hospitals meets member health care needs.
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.
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
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.
If you have sustainability goals, Ingenium can help you meet and exceed those goals in ways you might not even know are possible. Step into the future of waste management: It’s Pure Ingenium.
Integral Consulting Inc. is a national science and engineering firm providing multidisciplinary services in the fields of health, environment, technology, and sustainability. We provide clients with technical assessments and investigations, strategic advice, and management tools to reduce their environmental footprint, while enhancing organizational performance and value. Our information technology services help clients improve efficiency and save money by reducing energy consumption and computer waste. Our internal sustainability efforts have been recognized with a “Recycle Works” award from the City of Portland. With 10 offices throughout the United States, Integral has the resources to meet your most challenging sustainability needs.
Carol Bailey conceived of practicing family law in a way we now call Integrative Family Law. During the many years she served as a Guardian ad Litem for children in difficult family law cases she observed how often the legal process itself was the cause of needless destruction of significant relationships important to the well being of both the parents and the children. The primary relationship adversely affected by the legal proceedings was that of the parents of the children, soon to be ex-spouses or ex-partners. Many times, along with the deterioration of trust and ability to work cooperatively over the lives of their children, the parents saw their relationships with their in-laws, friends and larger social circle begin to disintegrate to the detriment of their long term well being and that of their children. This result need not be the case.
Investor Voice is a Social Purpose Corporation (SPC) that develops and implements robust shareholder engagement strategies for institutions, individuals, and non-profits. On behalf of clients we develop and file shareholder resolutions, engage with stakeholders, negotiate with company management, and present resolutions for votes at annual meetings of shareholders.
Investor Voice also provides lively and inspiring reports to a client’s stakeholders on the process, opportunities, and accomplishments of shareholder engagement. Additionally, Investor Voice is involved in legal-impact and policy-level work such as participating in Amicus briefs, writing opinion pieces, and lobbying Congress and the SEC.
Our shareholder engagement strategies are offered as stand-alone services, unbundled from investment management, custodial, or investment advisory products, services, or functions. For examples of the work we do, please see our Successes page. For information about our financial management services, please see Newground Social Investment
51 years ago, K2 was born as America’s ski company on Vashon Island in Washington State’s Puget Sound. Renamed in 2003 as K2 Sports, the company today is an international portfolio of 14 world renowned brands and over 40 consumer product categories. Our brands and businesses are world renowned as leaders in design, production, and sales and marketing. Driven by innovation and a passion for the sports enthusiast looking for unique and authentic lifestyle experiences, we market snowboard, snowshoe, bike, in-line skate, alpine, telemark/Nordic ski equipment, apparel and accessories. K2 Sports is what happens when fun meets science and technology.
The King Conservation District (King CD) is a natural resources assistance agency authorized by Washington State and guided by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Our mission is to promote the sustainable use of natural resources through responsible stewardship. We promote conservation through demonstration projects, educational events, providing technical assistance and, in some cases, providing or pointing the way to funds which may be available for projects.
A seventh-generation family business, the Laird Norton Company has evolved from a lumber operation in frontier Minnesota to a dynamic investment enterprise and family business advocate. LNC is focused on the continued stewardship of its established businesses, while forging new investments and partnerships that benefit its family and community.
Little Rae’s Bakery is the peanut-free & nut-free Seattle-based bakery offering the best scones, muffins, biscuits, brownies, quick breads, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, salads and sandwiches using 100% natural ingredients. Their products are welcomed not only by those with nut allergies, but also by those who want to bring goodies to groups or events where just one person might have a nut allergy (increasingly common in schools). Their policies for operating a nut-free bakery include allergen-free statements from all their ingredient vendors, and a “No Nuts Allowed” policy in their facility for both employees and visitors.
SAVE ENERGY: In almost 50 years of innovation, Lutron has invented hundreds of lighting control devices and systems, and expanded their product offering from 2 products to 15,000. The company has advanced the technology of lighting control while maintaining top market position by focusing on exceptional quality and design. Lutron continues to lead the market in high-quality lighting controls for fluorescent, halogen incandescent, magnetic low-voltage, electronic low-voltage and LED light sources. Lutron’s latest innovations include window shade technology for the control of daylight, as well as wired and wireless systems, to integrate the control of daylight and electric light.
Madres Kitchen is dedicated to delicious foods prepared fresh daily and a fun approach to catering that clients continually rave about. Entrepreneurial moms, Heather Chitty, Marci West, and Kristen Cole are as delightful as their food. Best of all, they do it with organic, locally-produced ingredients that are both healthy and tasty. Madres benefits from the bounty of fresh food grown and raised in the Pacific Northwest and a network of farmers and sustainable businesses. Their dream-come-true has been in creating a workplace where they can spend time with their kids and provide an environment that lets their employees share in that balance of both worlds. They live the saying, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.”
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McKinstry is a national leader in the integrated delivery of construction, energy and facility services. McKinstry’s abiding commitment to innovation and sustainable business led it to develop its Innovation Center, which gives new and emerging companies a place to come together under one roof and accelerate the advancement of new ideas, products and technologies.
Mighty House Construction is dedicated to building fabulous, high quality, useful, and healthy indoor and outdoor environments that are beautiful and tread lightly on the planet without guilt or financial burden.
Co-owners/Founders, Doug and Laura Elfline, believe that you do not necessarily need radical change to obtain a radical shift in how you live, play, and prosper in your home. For Mighty House, sustainable building is more than materials — it’s a whole system perspective, where energy conservation and healthy, green building products, are balanced equally with functionality, current and future needs, aesthetics, and financial considerations.
Newground’s mission is to harness the power of business for good — in service to our clients’ long-term financial needs as well as to the human yearning for strong and resilient communities, a healthy environment, and a robust, sustainable, and locally-determined economy.
For two decades, Newground Social Investment has provided clients with:
|*||Socially responsive (SRI* / ESG*) money management that integrates investment decisions with social concerns and personal or institutional values.|
|*||Competitive financial returns along with positive social impact.|
|*||Financial coaching and Life Planning that creates peace of mind, a sense of integrity, and financial security.|
|*||Community investment for strong local benefits.|
|*||Shareholder advocacy for transformation, transparency, and accountability.|
Newground is proud to be the first company in Washington State to file as a Social Purpose Corporation since the legislature approved this new corporate entity. Please also visit Newground Social Investment’s shareholder focused company: Investor Voice SPC.
NRG Insurance is a full service insurance brokerage firm offering customized business and personal insurance. Owner Michelle Rupp has built on the family legacy of community involvement, integrity and passion. She has created an innovative, non-traditional company, introducing paperless office technology, and a team approach that makes every employee a contributor to the success of the business. The company is a recipient of the City of Seattle Mayor’s Small Business Award.
Nucor Steel is the largest producer of steel in the United States, and it is also world’s foremost recycler of steel. Nucor Steel Seattle is a proud member of the Nucor Bar Mill Group. Since 1904 our facility once proclaimed as “Seattle Little Pittsburgh” has continually strived to be the safest, community oriented, environmentally responsible, and profitable business we can be. As a member of a very carbon-intense industry sector, Nucor is keenly aware of its responsibilities regarding environmental protection. Issues concerning climate change and greenhouse gas emissions are of vital concern to the company. As a result, Nucor is a strong supporter of the U.S. Government’s Climate VISION program which seeks to voluntarily lower greenhouse gas emissions in the United States without sacrificing economic growth. In addition, Nucor continues to search for other ways to improve energy efficiency and to research and invest in new technologies that can facilitate further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the steel making and recycling process. To assure that Nucor remains one of the safest, productive and environmentally conscious companies in the world, Nucor’s board regularly reviews management’s efforts to affect and respond to such issues through research, analysis, educational efforts and participation in business and governmental programs. Nucor Steel Seattle is a member of By-Product Synergy NW.
At OneEnergy Renewables™, we help companies measure their carbon footprints and then enable them to offset what they cannot reduce. We accomplish these reductions through our role as the only source for 100% independently tracked and verified Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and Carbon Offsets. Because we also build our own high quality clean energy projects, we create a seamless link between our customers and new renewable energy projects. Our direct participation in REC and carbon markets improves the financial return to investors and landowners, making more clean energy projects viable. At the same time, our project development business allows customers to advance the construction of projects in the most meaningful, measurable, and efficient way.
Videographer Len Davis combines his commitment to social justice and working toward a better world with the skill and creativity of filmmaking. The term “Pangeality” emphasizes our shared human experience; Pangea is the original landmass when all the continents were one and, therefore, a symbol of our interconnectedness. Pangeality Productions is niched toward green businesses and organizations, creating honest and dynamic media and educating clients about putting their content to work as a business tool. His work has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, PBS, BBC, Democracy Now!, The Travel Channel, The History Channel, ZDF German Television, MTV and in The New York Times, at The United Nations as well as at numerous trade conferences and film festivals around the world.
Patagonia Orchards LLC is an organic grower, packer and shipper based in Rio Rico, Arizona. We ship premium organic fruits grown in Arizona and Mexico to wholesalers and retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. We partner with over 15 organic growers, many of whom have been growing organically for more than two decades. Our partnership with these dedicated growers is important to us. We provide access to large volume markets, while our growers focus on creating some of the best tasting fruit on the planet. Regular field and orchard visits provide our sales staff with valuable information about quality, harvest yields, availability and cultural practices.
With nine neighborhood stores in the Puget Sound region, PCC Natural Markets is the largest consumer-owned natural food retail co-operative in the United States. PCC’s 46,000 active members (along with tens of thousands of non-members) value PCC’s commitment to advocating high-quality food standards; supporting local, sustainable agriculture; educating consumers about timely issues; operating in an environmentally friendly way; and building community.
Whether you are hosting a board meeting, putting on a workshop, or planning a group retreat, Peaceful Mountain Retreat is here to serve you. Nestled in the lush evergreen foothills of spectacular Mt. Baker in the North Cascades, our newly opened center is an ideal setting for opening, visioning and creating new direction. Full amenities, overnight accommodations for 20+, yoga/dance studio with hardwood floors, catering available or bring your own, sauna and lots more. Surrounded by fresh air, glorious views and enchanting spirit.
Established in 1983, privately-held Pacific Market International (PMI) revolutionizes the way people eat and drink on the go. The company owns the Stanley®, Aladdin® and MiGo® brands and operates a thriving private-label business for globally recognized companies. PMI is headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Shanghai, Nashville and London. In 2006 PMI was awarded the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Shanghai Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Small Business. This award is in recognition of the exceptional efforts and advancements that PMI has made in their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. To learn more about the brands visit www.stanley-pmi.com or www.aladdin-pmi.com
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Rhizome Design is an award-winning integrated marketing firm delighted to work with socially responsible and eco-friendly businesses. From corporate identity to sophisticated websites and print campaigns we are one of the few studios that offers custom and stock photography. Rhizome Images is an independent collection of royalty-free, rights-managed images that serve as a professional marketing resource for businesses and green technologies. We offer up a fresh perspective on the positive, negative, and alternative aspects of sustainability and industry. All purchases from our collection also donate trees to ReLeaf funds through American Forests, the nation’s oldest, nonprofit citizens’ conservation organization.
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Established in 1990, Ridolfi is an award-winning, small, woman-owned business that specializes in environmental engineering and scientific consulting. Ridolfi’s engineering team thrives on assisting clients in improving environmental quality, conserving resources and enhancing resilience using sustainable principals.
The staff of environmental engineers, scientists, chemists and regulatory compliance specialists have managed and provided technical support for public, private and tribal clients on civil, environmental and natural resource restoration projects throughout the Northwest and Alaska. Ridolfi has earned a reputation for developing close working relationships with clients and responding quickly to their needs. Ridolfi’s professional qualifications reflect continuous learning and professional experience that have honed staff to a high level of performance, expertise and reliability.
As a company and as individuals, Ridolfi is committed to the triple bottom line approach of people, planet and profit. Sustainability is an integral and fundamental element of the company’s mission.
Callie Ridolfi, founder and President of the company, has worked with tribal governments and leaders since the very beginning of her career. Projects have included habitat restoration, clean up and restoration from mining on native lands, assessing impacts of Hanford Nuclear Reservation on local tribes and the food chain. She has a deep respect for Native peoples, their cultural traditions, and indigenous wisdom. Through teaching, education, and hiring, RIDOLFI helps to build capacity within tribes so benefits are sustained for the long term.
Callie is a LEED-accredited professional and completed the MBA in Sustainable Business program at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She is currently Board President of Island Vision (Mercer Island) and was the founding director of the Mercer Island Farmers Market. She also was a founding board member of the Washington Clean Technology Alliance and served on the NBIS board as well.
Ridolfi’s website reports the company’s sustainability programs and progress: “Ridolfi tracks and reports our carbon footprint for transportation, energy, materials and waste generation. We’ve taken actions to put our principles into practice—from driving a hybrid company car, reducing our office lighting by 25%, purchasing green products and recycling or composting virtually all of our waste stream. We are a carbon-neutral organization, and we offset any greenhouse gas emissions produced with donations to Native Energy. We work to enhance the sustainability of our communities, from volunteering to manage wastes at public events to donating our profits to like-minded causes. We are experts in helping like-minded organizations that want to be cleaner and greener.”
Bruno Ridolfi, Principal Engineer, Mining and Waste Management, participates in the NBIS By-Product Synergy program as a technical advisor on waste to resources opportunities, and the Refractory Brick and Foundry Sand roundtable.
Ridolfi’s Core Services include:
Ridolfi, Inc. is an award-winning environmental consulting and civil engineering firm specializing in habitat restoration, site investigation and cleanup, waste management, and renewable energy strategies. Our guiding principle of contributing positively to the environment impacts every stage of our planning and execution, ensuring that your project and our work address important concerns today while leaving a positive legacy for the future.
Scope 5’s web-hosted software helps a wide range of private and public-sector organizations extract value from their environmental sustainability and energy data. We are inspired by a vision of transparent, effective sustainability and energy management as a common mode of operation for all organizations.
Scope 5 is the accessible upgrade option from spreadsheets. Organizations typically start their early sustainability reporting efforts using spreadsheet-based tools. Sooner or later these become inadequate. Alternative solutions are too complex and costly for most organizations. Solving this dilemma is our sweet spot.
Scope 5 is developing – and collaborating with – NBIS and a network of sustainability consulting firms that are adding Scope 5 to their solution tool boxes. Prospective partners can contact us directly (email@example.com).
Learn more about Scope 5 by emailing us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the NBIS team.
Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics: academic and professional programs that offer the knowledge and experience needed to succeed in the business world. In the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person, Albers incorporates ethics, social responsibility, and global awareness into every aspect of your education.
Albers Entrepreneurship Center: builds and nourishes the entrepreneurial spirit. Wherever students choose to pursue their careers, they graduate with tools, skills, and insights to develop their potential.
Albers Business Ethics Program: The Center for Business Ethics at Seattle University inspires business people to build business cultures that respect persons, relationships, communities, and ecosystems.
Andrea Gates Sanford, founder of She Can Do It! has more than twenty years of professional experience in communications and ten years experience with a variety of worldwide conservation programs. She Can Do It! and Watchdog Graphics Production, the graphics division of the company, specialize in making sustainability work for business, providing strategic communications to promote business for good.
Clients include The Adobe Group, Starbucks, Woodland Park Zoo, Discovery Communications , Campus Kitchens at Shoreline Community College and Euro-RSCG Circle. Andrea is Vice President of the Snow Leopard Trust Board of Directors, and is active in other conservation organizations. She is a graduate of Bainbridge Graduate Institute, as well as Oberlin College and the University of Michigan School of Art.
Sleeping Lady, situated just outside the town of Leavenworth in Washington State’s majestic Cascade Mountains has long been known for its sustainable and ecologically-minded practices. Sleeping Lady offers a distinct Northwest experience where nature, performing arts, outdoor recreation and healthful dining inspire reverence for Earth’s life-giving wellspring. Sleeping Lady, a certified B Corporation, invites you to discover a destination where nature inspires every stay.
SoJustGreen is an innovative provider of green and open technology products and services for offices in small office/home/office (SOHO), small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), non-profit organizations (NPOs), EDU and local/state GOV institutions. SoJustGreen is a one-stop shop solution provider for end-to-end green office technology for the 21st. century business office. We take a holistic end-to-end approach in evaluating, supporting and selling the products it carries. The production to end-of-life process that is adopted by SoJustGreen is comprised of 4 different phases or steps in the consideration of a product as green or greener than the other products in the marketplace.
Sustainable Industries is an independent, award-winning media company serving business leaders on the West Coast and beyond with its monthly magazine, quarterly business guides, web site, webinars, e-newsletters, events, and more. Offering news, tools and analysis focused on the environmental and social components of business, sustainable Industries connects the dots between key sectors such as Clean Energy, Green Building, Technology and Food to raise the stakes in a working definition of Sustainable Industries.
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Founded in 1991, Sustainable Seattle is a regional sustainability indicator organization. We work with the community to measure and make progress towards sustainability. Our goals are social justice, collaboration and stewardship. Our programs include the Happiness Initiative, Flow for individuals. Sustainability Training for the community, Dream a Sound Future Competition for visionaries and Business Recognition Program and Sustainability Reporting for businesses.
The Prosperity Partnership started with the idea of creating 100,000 new jobs for the central Puget Sound region. Now this growing coalition has a set of detailed action initiatives based on region-wide outreach and thoughtful analysis. Read the strategy, tell us what you think; share your ideas for implementing the plan.
The RE Store offers affordable, quality used building materials through its stores in Seattle and Bellingham, and diverts more than 5 million pounds of construction waste through free salvage services — a sustainable alternative to demolition.
The RE Store is a nonprofit building salvage company whose mission is to divert useable building materials from our landfills, encouraging value to be created from waste, and providing affordable, quality alternatives to new products. We are a program of the greater organization, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.
TransparentPlanet improves the success of green businesses and organizations with practical, impactful and cost-effective consulting services that directly enhance the triple-bottom line. We evaluate and coach business executives and teams for optimum performance and create results-oriented sales programs, marketing strategies and messaging. Our 30 years of management experience in the environmental sector provide invaluable expertise to entrepreneurial organizations as well as seasoned environmental enterprises pursuing aggressive growth.
Whether your business is still an idea scribbled on a cocktail napkin or a hundred-year-old multi-generational corporation, Trenton Harris Consulting has the skills and experience to help you take the next step toward greater success.
Trenton is a skilled executive leader with specialty in whole-enterprise stabilization and maturation. With 25+ years of success in senior executive positions, including CEO and CFO roles, he has lead national and global organizations through the icebergs of turnarounds, rapid growth, globalization, and private equity ownership.
Formed in 1996, Trex Company is the country’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing products and it’s products are now stocked in over 5,500 retail locations throughout the United States and Canada. Trex turns millions of pounds of recycled and reclaimed plastic and waste wood each year into Trex products. Most of these raw materials come from recovered plastic grocery bags, plastic film, and waste wood fiber. Using these materials, Trex creates outdoor living products that are true value-added features for residential and commercial installations. They offer unmatched good looks and longevity, and will never rot, crack or splinter. Trex products are extremely weather-resistant and never need painting or staining for protection.
Anyone can enjoy and be enriched by all the UW has to offer, including world-class libraries, art, music, drama, sports and the highest quality medical care in Washington state. Being public also means being engaged with our communities, and through knowledge and discovery we are elevating the quality of lives of others.
Sustainabilty is a part of our mission – from training the next generation of scholars, researchers and leaders, to the way we manage our campus and resources.
Learn more: www.uw.edu
VentureScale serves the needs of social-minded organizations from start-up to market leadership. These services include the Kick™ incubator, business turnaround and growth – both financial and impact, and socially responsible corporate investment. VentureScale is built on top of the Impact Hub network, which serves as the home for more than 9,000 social innovators around the world. The ability to tap into this network to complement VentureScale’s expertise provides clients with an exceptionally broad and deep set of skills to meet their needs.