2013 Green Washington Awards


Two years ago, Seattle Business magazine’s popular Green Washington Awards spawned the Washington Green 50 list—a compilation of the 50 companies and organizations in Washington state considered to be among the most environmentally aware and actively committed to sustainable business practices. It was a way of expanding our recognition of green-minded companies beyond the various category winners we have been honoring with the Green Washington Awards since 2009. The category winners profiled on the pages that follow are the best of the best, according to our panel of judges (page 38). But all members of the Washington Green 50 (page 45) embody the principles that the Green Washington Awards celebrate — an abiding commitment to attaining and perpetuating sustainable commerce. Congratulations to this year’s Washington Green 50!


Award Winners


BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION: Winner: Walsh Construction

SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR CUTTING EDGE BUILDINGS: Rice Fergus Miller, U.S. General Services Administration, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

GOVERNMENT / ACADEMIA: Winner: Seattle University

Silver: University of Washington

HEALTHCARE: Winner: Virginia Mason Medical Center


Silver: Method Homes

NONPROFIT: Winner: Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County

 Silver: Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED)

RETAIL: Winner: GreenCupboards

Silver: T-Mobile, USA Inc

SERVICES: Winner: car2go Seattle

Silver: Keeney's Office Supply and Office Interiors


Silver: Scope 5

HOSPITALITY: Winner: Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

Silver: Columbia Hospitality

FOOD & BEVERAGEWinner (Large): Coca-Cola Refreshments

Winner (Small): Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe


Washington GREEN 50

Andersen Construction

Andgar Corporation

Brooks Sports

car2go Seattle

Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe

Claar Wine Group

Coca-Cola Refreshments

Columbia Hospitality


EMP Museum

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Fulcrum Insurance Programs

General Biodiesel Seattle


Gordon Trucking


Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County

Hyatt Olive 8

Hyatt Regency Bellevue


Keeney's Office Supply and Office Interiors 

Kiewit/General/Manson, A Joint Venture

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions

Magnum Print Solutions

Method Homes



Milepost Consulting

The Miller Hull Partnership

Mt. Baker Bio

Northwesr SEED

Paladino and Company

Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

Precor Inc.

Pooper Trooper

Rice Fergus Miller

Scope 5

Seattle University

Sequential Pacific Biodiesel

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

3 Phase Energy Systems 


T-Mobile USA

U.S. General Services Administration

University of Washington


Virginia Mason Medical Center

Walsh Construction

Windfall Lumber



2016 Community Impact Awards: Green Products & Services

2016 Community Impact Awards: Green Products & Services

Winner: Optimum Energy, Itek Energy, Rice Fergus Miller

Gold Award:
Optimum Energy
Location: Seattle  |  Employees: 60  |  Top Exec: Bert Valdman, president/CEO   |  optimumenergyco.com

“Being green” is not a trend at Optimum Energy. The company, which enables campuses, health care facilities, pharmaceutical plants, data centers and other commercial buildings to cut energy costs by up to 50 percent, believes society must reverse the pace of climate change. The firm’s cloud-based platform and its associated technology optimize heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, the largest consumer of energy in most buildings. This technology has enabled customers to save about 500 million kilowatt hours of electricity, reduce carbon emissions by nearly 290,000 metric tons and save more than 100 million gallons of water. “We have to reverse the pace of climate change, and we can’t do that unless we’re able to do more with fewer economic and physical resources, without comprising the environment,” says CEO Bert Valdman. “Accepting the status quo is not an option. We must develop the tools and technology to become more sustainable. And we must do so on a straight-up economic basis, without subsidies.”

Silver Award: 
Itek Energy
Location: Bellingham  |  Employees: 88  |  Top Exec: John Flanagan, founder/CEO  |  itekenergy.com

Itek Energy manufactures high-powered solar modules in Bellingham. The company also works with nonprofits to power low-income housing, the Bellingham Food Bank, homeless shelters and community buildings. In the past four years, Itek Energy has locally built and sold in Washington more than 160,000 solar modules, which will produce more than 50 gigawatt hours of renewable energy every year. 

Silver Award:
Rice Fergus Miller
Location: Bremerton  |  Employees: 44  |  Top Exec: Steve Rice, principal  |  rfmarch.com

Architectural, interior design, planning and visualization services to several markets, including senior living, fire and emergency services, health care, hospitality and community. For almost three decades, the firm has focused on projects that build and strengthen community. The company is housed in a reclaimed auto service center that is one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the United States.