November 2012/FEATURES

Meet the 2012 Washington Green 50
By: Nick Horton
At first, they seem like glimpses of an idyllic future economy: * A building that creates its own electricity and gathers its own water.* A company that puts wings on tractor trailers.* A biodegradable running shoe that...




ZGF Architects; Runberg Architecture Group
Green Canopy Homes; Sellen Construction; Master Builsers of King and Snohomish Counties
Washington State University; City of Issaquah
Bullitt Foundation; Miller Hull Partnershipi
Canyon Creek Cabinet Company; Magnum Print Solutions; MicroGreen Polymers
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center; Interstate Distributor; Freight Wing Inc.; Horizon House
Brooks Sports; GreenCupboards Inc.
CleanScapes; Service Linen Supply
Demand Energy Networks; 3Tier Inc.
Meet the 2012 Washington Green 50


Early mediation usually makes a lot more sense than resorting to lawsuits.
Giving a substantial gift now could help donors avoid sharp tax increases in 2013.
Such collaborations show that public and nonprofit money, judiciously spent, can provide great returns to businesses and communities while also helping to protect the environment.
Maybe it’s the Port of Seattle that doesn’t belong in SoDo.
How would we react if Chris Hansen wanted to pour millions into really helping the Seattle economy?

Retail & Services

Talking Rain celebrates its 25th anniversary with a sizzling entry in the national soft drink scene.
Travel Guru Rick Steves doesn’t worry about his provocative politics creating unwanted baggage.
If you can afford it, ANA’s 787 business class makes a long flight elegantly bearable.


When Steve White succeeded Patrick Grannan as CEO of Milliman in September, he took charge of a global leader in the arcane world of actuarial services. He is responsible for 2,500 employees, 55 offices worldwide and more than $730 million in revenues.


Recent tweaks have moved genetic testing closer to a mass market, but the right application remains elusive.
From microwave blasts to high-pressure pasteurization, technology makes convenience food safer, healthier and less likely to spoil.
Feng shui master says design of Apple’s HQ building is rotten to its spacious core.
Fife business has one product for two distinct markets.



Be careful not to overstate certifications and other environmental achievements.

Executive Life & Style

Head to Ballard for some fine barbecue—and more.
History gets a gem of a sanctuary in MOHAI’s next home.