Unlike other roundtable discussions addressing sustainability, NiSE complements face-to-face and web-based conversations with parallel, ongoing research. Our initiatives are developed collaboratively by practitioners and researchers, designed to develop cutting-edge methods and reflect the information and decision-making needs of key stakeholders. By bringing together the best resources from academia and practice to tackle persistent sustainability challenges, NiSE initiatives accelerate change toward new sustainable enterprise models.
Through the Global Initiative on Financing Sustainability, initially focused on energy conservation, we are discovering how relatively small energy efficiency opportunities in high growth developing settings might be aggregated in ways that more easily attract global capital.
The Materials Cycling Initiative is currently characterizing the complex systems that shape primary and secondary plastic supply chains and creating new information for key decision-makers about the environmental and economic impacts of this “global-local-global” system.
The Sustainable Procurement Initiative is developing methods and tools to help some of the world’s largest institutional purchasers to buy green better – by identifying where impacts occur across a suite of purchased products and providing guidance for reducing them.