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network for business innovation and sustainability

Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability




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about nbis
About NBIS
  • NBIS is the Northwest non-profit
  • dedicated to enabling
  • professionals and businesses
  • in driving profitable sustainability
the nbis mission
The NBIS Mission

Deliver expertise, education, and partnership opportunities to help businesses and professionals advance their organizations in

  • Environmentally
  • Socially
  • Economically

sustainable ways

Globally Competitive


what we do
What we do…

NBIS creates opportunities

for business leaders to share knowledge and achievements…

Learn best practices and practical implementation strategies…

Contribute to local and global sustainability!


Regional Engagement:By-Product Synergy NW

Charter and Current Members:

Canyon Creek Cabinet Company

Cascade Designs

Cascadia Consulting

Cedar Grove Composting/Emerald Services

Correctional Industries

E3 Energy Partners

Genie Industries/Terex


Impact Washington

King County Solid Waste

Leader International

NewWood Manufacturing

Nucor Steel

Rhizome Design

Seattle Public Utilities

Shell Puget Sound Refinery

Washington State University

Founded in 2007

Pioneering innovation, economic development and waste reduction strategies for the region.


St. Gobain Containers

Cosmo Specialty Fibers


Jorgenson Forge


Project Leadership

  • Project Leadership:
  • BPS NW is a regional program of NBIS managed in collaboration with:
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
  • US Business Council for Sustainable Development


Puget Sound Regional Council

King County

City of Seattle

Skagit County



A Process for Success

By-Product Synergy is a creative process that works through collaboration between companies to

  • Foster cross-industry communication
  • Break down barriers between government and industry
  • Engage small and large companies
  • Create business benefit while reducing environmental impacts

The Project Delivers

  • Savings– reduced waste disposal costs; reductions in new materials purchased; better price for waste materials
  • Best Practices –energy and water reduction strategies; solutions from other companies
  • Access to technical expertise – materials and substitution advice; testing and research expertise
  • Opportunities to dialogue with regulators

Working Groups & Impacts

  • Heavy Industry Working Group – addressing common materials challenges.
  • Refractory Brick Roundtable – exploring local reuse opportunities
  • Sheet Plastic Roundtable: plastic waste to new product.
  • Mattress Disassembly – Correctional Industries: job training, revenue, and materials reclamation.
  • Acetone Redistilling – Canyon Creek Cabinet Company: hazardous waste reduction & savings.
  • Steel Shot Blast – Nucor Steel, Genie Industries: feedstock supply; diversion of waste from landfill.
  • Rags Repurpose – Canyon Creek Cabinet, Exotic Metals : diversion of waste from landfill, cost savings, extending the use-life of local resources.
  • Battery recycle restriction -regulation lifted

Project Expansion

Materials Innovation Exchange

The Exchange is a unique regional and global resource that responds to the growing need for a centralized go-to location for sharing experience, success stories, solutions, local resources and technical expertise.

We offer solutions on both a local and a global scale - local marketplace and resources; global knowledge bank.

The site is participatory and backed by world class expertise.

Anyone can access the site and contribute –typically siloed information is available to anyone interested in innovation and creative solutions.

your participation is invited
Your Participation is invited!
  • Market your materials and share your ideas and successes!

Registration and use is free.

    • Gain visibility and support the site – become a Launch Sponsor or purchase an ad!
    • Learn More!;

Mary Rose Karl Ostrom

Co-Founders and Executive Directors

314 1st Avenue S

Seattle, WA 98104