Seattle Business honors the 2011 Green Washington Awards winners and announces the first Washington Green 50 list


Seattle Business magazine
announced the winners of the 2011 Green Washington Awards last night. Keynote speaker Ben
Packard, Starbucks’ vice president of global responsibility, challenged
the Washington’s business community to “take your sustainability efforts to a new
level” to meet rising environmental challenges.

The goal of the Green Washington Awards is to identify
and honor those companies that are demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to
making their businesses sustainable. Wee see a day, not far in the future, when the world will assume that any business based in Washington must be operating with green principles in mind.

The 2011 Washington
Green 50 list of the most sustainably operated companies and organizations in
Washington are as follows:

, Seattle airline; Alchemy
, 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; FSX Inc./FSX Reconditioning/FSX
, 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;
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
, Bellevue-based retail chain; Washington State Convention
, 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

              Special Leadership: Seattle Mariners

Retail: Starbucks

Services (tie): Alaska Airlines (large company) and Sage Environmental Services (small

Manufacturing: Watson Furniture

Nonprofit: Northwest Energy Angels

Health Care: Seattle Children’s Hospital

Technology (tie): Itron (large company) and Transformative Wave Technologies (small

Government/Academia: Port of Seattle

Natural Resources/Agriculture: Viva Farms

Building/Architecture: Unico Properties

Reuse: ReBinder

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.

Coverage of
the 2011 Green Washington Awards
appears in the October issue of Seattle
and at A short multimedia piece
recognizing the attendees can be seen here.

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