University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Northstar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise

The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) is the place for NiSE. With internationally renowned faculty and resident fellows, IonE is a hub of intellectual imagination and entrepreneurial energy. Operating within a major metropolitan area, home to 19 Fortune 500 companies and 15 S&P 500 firms, IonE’s NiSE is well positioned to mobilize leaders to cooperatively discover solutions and deliver results to positively impact the region and the world. NiSE provides a unique forum for influencing and engaging in rigorous knowledge creation and application. We build knowledge from dialogue and nurture only the most promising ideas to deliver “action ready” pre-competitive insights for leaders to act.

Engage in Our Research

As a research institution, NiSE is interested in both the outcomes and the process of research. We employ graduate student researchers and post doctorates to manage the process, which is driven by the needs and insights of our partnering organizations. Engaging with our initiatives allows you to attend initiative meetings, where you can contribute your knowledge and expertise to help advance the work. Other partner benefits include:

  • Network Access
  • Initiative Development, Output and Findings
  • Webinars (as a speaker or attendee)
  • Brand Alliance
  • Grant Collaboration

For all the details and information on becoming a Network Partner, and to review the full documents, e-mail Tim Smith at

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

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