SEATTLE (September 22, 2011) – Seattle Business magazine announced the winners of the 2011 Green Washington Awards at a dinner and awards ceremony Sept. 21, 2011, at the Fremont Studios in Seattle. Presented by sponsors MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions and the Seattle Steam Company, the event featured 350 attendees from across the state. Keynote speaker Ben Packard, Starbucks’ vice president of global responsibility, challenged Washington’s business community to “take your sustainability efforts to a new level” to meet rising environmental challenges.Seattle Business magazine strongly endorses Packard’s call to action and will support the effort by continuing to identify and honor those companies that are demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to making their businesses sustainable,” said Seattle Business Editor Leslie Helm. “Our goal is to work toward a day when Washington business is synonymous with green business.”
The 2011 Washington Green 50 list of the most sustainably operated companies and organizations in Washington: Alaska Airlines, Seattle airline; Alchemy Goods, Seattle bag and accessory manufacturer; Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services, Seattle veterinary hospital; Bay Hay & Feed, Bainbridge Island nursery, feed store and clothing emporium; Canyon Creek Cabinet Company, Monroe manufacturer of custom cabinetry; Columbia Hospitality, Seattle hotel management and consulting company; Engineered Compost Systems, Seattle manufacturer of composting systems and equipment; Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle hotel named Fairmont’s global leader in sustainability; FSX Inc./FSX Reconditioning/FSX Equipment, Granite Falls manufacturer of diesel particulate filter cleaning equipment; General Biodiesel, Seattle producer of low-carbon fuel from recycled cooking oil; Gordon Trucking Inc., Pacific trucking company, IslandWood, Bainbridge Island outdoor learning center; Itron, Liberty Lake utility monitoring and delivery firm; Kenworth Truck Company, Kirkland manufacturer of heavy and medium-duty trucks; Lake Washington School District, public school district for Kirkland, Redmond and part of Sammamish; McKinstry, Seattle full-service design/build/operate/maintain (DBOM) firm; Merriman, Seattle Investment adviser; Mt. Baker Bio, Everett life-sciences supply company; NanoICE, Bothell supplier of technology and machines for chilling and preserving food; Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Freeland shipbuilders; Northwest Energy Angels, Seattle clean technology investment organization; Pacific Market International, Seattle manufacturer of food and beverage containers; Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center, Seattle information nonprofit; PCC Natural Markets, Seattle certified organic grocery cooperative; The Port of Seattle, Seattle governing body for land, sea and air shipping; Transformative Wave Technologies, Kent HVAC technology firm; ReBinder, Seattle office supply manufacturer; Sage Environmental Services, Seattle facilities maintenance firm; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle hospital; Seattle Mariners, Seattle major league baseball team; Sellen Construction, Seattle commercial general contractor; ShelterKraft Werks, Seattle designer/builder of innovative housing and structures; Skanska USA Building, Seattle construction company; Starbucks, Seattle beverage company; Starline Luxury Coaches, Seattle tour bus company; Stemilt Growers, Wenatchee tree-fruit grower, packer and shipper; Talyst, Bellevue provider of hardware and software for pharmacies; The Miller Hull Partnership, Seattle architecture and design firm Turner Construction Company, Seattle construction company; Unico Properties, Seattle real estate investment company; University of Washington, Seattle state university; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle health care facility; Viva Farms, Burlington sustainable farming support organization; Walmart Washington, Bellevue-based retail chain; Washington State Convention Center, Seattle event facility; Washington State University, Pullman state university; Waste Management Northwest Region, Kirkland provider of garbage pickup and recycling services in Washington, Oregon and Idaho; Watson Furniture Group, Poulsbo office furniture manufacturer; Weyerhaeuser Company, Federal Way Forest products company; Wilridge Winery & Vineyard, Seattle & Yakima winery.
From among the Washington Green 50, judges chose companies to be presented with top honors in the following categories:
Special Leadership: Seattle Mariners
Retail: Starbucks Coffee Company
Services (tie): Alaska Airlines (large company) and Sage Environmental Services (small company)
Manufacturing: Watson Furniture
Nonprofit: Northwest Energy Angels
Health Care: Seattle Children’s Hospital
Technology (tie): Itron (large company) and Transformative Wave Technologies (small company)
Government/Academia: Port of Seattle
Natural Resources/Agriculture: Viva Farms
Building/Architecture: Unico Properties
Hospitality: Fairmont Olympic Hotel
A panel of expert judges chose the winning organizations from a pool of more than 150 nominees. Judges were Charlie Cunniff, program director, Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment; Marc Daudon, principal, Cascadia Consulting Group; John Gardner, dean of academic affairs, Bainbridge Graduate Institute; Nancy Hirsh, policy director, NW Energy
Coalition; Mo McBroom, policy director, Washington Environmental Council; Tom Ranken, executive director, Washington Cleantech Association, and Ross Macfarlane, senior adviser, Climate Solutions.
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