About Net Positive Business

The idea of doing net positive business started for founder, Teresa Wade, in 2008, long before the concept was formally recognized. We’ve been on an epic ride ever since, but have stayed committed to making a difference for more than the bottom line.

If the Net Positive Business approach is unfamiliar to you, the aim is to help individuals and organizations exceed their return on investment, but also contribute more to the global economy, society, and the environment than it takes out.

Our solution centered approach helps clients create value for profitability. We are proud of our accomplishments that have garnered significant recognition; but more importantly, those successes have made measurable, positive impacts for communities, the environment, as well as the financial bottom line.

June 2018

Teresa Wade is named Director of Development for Image Studios 360, a sophisticated franchised brand for investment-minded entrepreneurs.

April 2018

The Net Positive Golf team collaborates with RBC, The Sea Pines Resort and Heritage Classic Foundation, on multidimensional efforts to earn the 2017 RBC Heritage PGA TOUR the distinct honor of becoming a GEO Certified Tournament, one of only two PGA TOUR events to achieve this top sustainability distinction.

August 2017

The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay was one of the first golf clubs in the US to become GEO Certified. Three years later, they are one of the first golf clubs worldwide to be re-certified by the Golf Environment Organization. Re-certification demonstrates how measurable sustainability efforts can extend deeper into decision-making and communications over time, and affirming the important ‘continual improvement’ principle that makes sustainability a mindset and a journey rather than a static destination. Accredited GEO Verifier: Teresa Wade

May 2017

Net Positive Franchise is launched to help individuals achieve their personal, professional, financial and lifestyle goals through business ownership. We are pleased to focus on concepts that make a difference for more than the bottom line.

January 2017

To shift full focus to the Net Positive approach to business, we restructured to create Net Positive Business with golf and consulting divisions, operating from the Greater Atlanta, GA area.

November 2016

Our team’s work to advance sustainability at golf facilities on Hilton Head Island, SC is honored with the first ever International Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year Award 2017. The award was presented by the European based International Association of Golf Tour Operators and the Golf Environment Organization.

September 2016

The Legends golf facility, part of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, SC, becomes the 10th facility in the U.S. and the first military installation course worldwide, to receive golf’s eco-label for sustainability in golf, GEO Certified. Accredited GEO Verifier, Teresa Wade, presented the award.

August 2016

We are proud to be part of the team to generate the first formal Sustainability Review for a PGA TOUR event, for the 2016 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

March 2016

A second golf course in the Hilton Head Island, SC community receives golf’s international eco-label for sustainability, GEO Certified. Accredited GEO Verifier, Teresa Wade, was proud to present this award to Old South Golf Links, a locally owned, designed, and operated facility.

January 2016

The International Junior Golf Tour comes into to our portfolio, and we introduce a first Juniors FORE Warriors tournament to connect junior golfers with USMC service members and the community. The multi-day junior golf competition included a tour of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, and raised money for Hope for the Warriors and the Junior Champions Foundation.

November 2015

Teresa Wade, accredited GEO Verifier, presents The Sea Pines Resort, home to the RBC Heritage PGA TOUR event, with the GEO Certified distinction, golf’s international eco-label for sustainability. The resort helped lead the way for others to follow in advancing the Sustainability in Golf movement.

April 2016

Implementation of the Community Engagement Program to garner buy in, build consensus, and receive stakeholder feedback in response to the findings of the 2015 Baseline Sustainability Assessment of Hilton Head Island, SC.

September 2015

In collaboration with Experience Green, our team kicks off a Sustainable Golf Destination Program on Hilton Head Island, SC, the first internationally recognized effort to foster sustainable development for golf facility operations in a community scope.

January 2015

Experience Green engages our team to lead a pioneer initiative for the Hilton Head Island, SC community, conducting a Baseline Sustainability Assessment (measurement) of the Island to evaluate sustainability indicators, including a GHG Inventory exercise.

November 2014

Teresa Wade in the spotlight by Superintendent magazine for her leadership of the Sustainability in Golf movement.

September 2013

Via the Experience Green platform, our team leads the first ever Sustainability in Golf Symposium. Attendees, sponsors, and speakers came from across the U.S., Canada, and Scotland, representing all segments of the golf industry. The Symposium’s success led to a repeat production in 2014.

January 2013

Teresa Wade is appointed chairperson of the first Sustainability Advisory Committee for Hilton Head Island, SC.

June 2012

Creates a Sustainable Dining Guide for client, Gulfstream Aerospace, to educate and influence choices of 5,000 Savannah, GA campus employees for better health and reduced environmental impact.

January 2012

Our team completes the Intro to Sustainability project for the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. We assessed and provided feedback on current operations, and conducted a leadership workshop on integrating measurable initiatives to increase efficiency, support productivity, and reduce environmental impacts.


September 2011

The annual International Ecotourism Society conference on Hilton Head Island, SC included a first Sustainable Tourism Roundtable event hosted by Experience Green, but developed by our team.

August 2011

Teresa Wade earns a Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainability from Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice, to gain even more skills and credentials in sustainability; adding to her Belmont University Certificate in Negotiations and MBA accomplishments.

April 2011

We are ecstatic to collaborate with Experience Green to produce the first Zero Waste Event on Hilton Head Island, SC at the Earth Day Celebration. Its success led to more events and local business operations implementing this goal to divert landfill contribution, and prompt positive consumer behavior change.

January 2011

We step a bit outside the green zone, to do a rebranding project for All About Pets. We updated messaging, content, and communication tools, to help out the folks providing excellent care for their furry family members.

September 2010

We relocate to Hilton Head Island, SC, and welcome newborn Experience Green to our portfolio. The nonprofit organization was created to be a catalyst for change, to implement strategies that promote engagement in sustainable business and living practices.

April 2010

Lipscomb University’s 3rd Annual Green Business Summit event succeeds again under the direction of our team, connecting the nation’s most successful green entrepreneurs, the region’s pioneering green business leaders, and those seeking waypoints along the journey to sustainability.

October 2009

Green Carpet Event concept, brand, and production was handled by our team, and was a huge hit! The fundraising event benefited our client, the Middle Tennessee Chapter, US Green Building Council, and presented awards for innovation with green building and community leadership for sustainability.

August 2009

Teresa Wade earns a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus in Marketing and Negotiations, from the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, at Belmont University.

April 2009

As the sustainability movement gained traction, Lipscomb University remained a loyal customer, hiring our team to build the effort and engage national speakers, sponsors and attendees for the 2nd Annual Green Business and Living Summit & Expo.

April 2008

Secured by our first client, Lipscomb University, to direct the Green Business and Living Summit & Expo, the first multi-day experiential education event of its kind in the Southeast United States to promote sustainability.

January 2008

While finishing her MBA at Belmont University, Teresa Wade launches the Sustainable Solutions consultancy in Nashville, TN, with services to support sustainability initiatives and business operations.