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NiSE at the Institute on the Environment

The NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE), a program at the Institute on the Environment, works with the private sector — both for-profit and nonprofit — to understand the systemic sustainability challenges of rapidly expanding production and consumption systems, develop the decision tools necessary to effectively act on these systems, and accelerate innovation beyond marginal greening efforts to more meaningful change.


NiSE works with the private sector to develop sustainable solutions to growing production and consumption challenges — reducing impacts of production and accelerating innovation to meet growing global demand for materials and energy.             Learn more


NiSE partners with global leaders from business, NGOs and government by providing fora to share pioneering insights, identify key knowledge gaps and inform research for rapid application. Learn more


Through rotating two- to four- year transdisciplinary research initiatives, we build systems models and decision-support tools to help organizations understand sustainability performance of strategic choice across the value chains of products and services. Learn more


NiSE is committed to facilitating cutting-edge seminars, webinars, symposia and summits that cut through the noise of the super-saturated sustainability arena to put a sharper point on sustainability thought and practice most likely to result in impactful solutions. Learn more

NiSE is a program of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.


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