Ever Green


Mariners win! Seattle has waited a long time to hear these words in the month of October. And while it’s not a World Series title they’re celebrating, being acknowledged as a leader in environmental awareness makes the Mariners baseball club a champion in our book. It’s one of 50 companies and organizations selected for the Washington Green 50, the first such listing Seattle Business magazine has compiled from its annual Green Washington Awards competition. Why create the Washington Green 50? Because so many of our nominees deserve recognition for believing that forthright stewardship of our resources is good business. We continue to single out honorees in specific categories on the pages that follow (see links below), but we also salute the dozens of businesses that took the time to enter, and those that, in the opinion of our judges, deserve to be among the first members of the Washington Green 50.

Here are the members of the Washington Green 50 in alphabetical order.

Alaska Airlines, Seattle

Commercial air carrier

Alchemy Goods, Seattle

Bag and accessory manufacturer

Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services, Seattle & Renton

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


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, Redmond
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


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 non-profit

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


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

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


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.