Government/Academic: University of Washington, Seattle University, King County GreenTools

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The UW's "U Farm"

University of Washington

Green winner logoUniversities and state institutions are not only leaders in finding new ways to reduce environmental impact, but also serve as models for how communities and businesses can reduce their impact on the environment.

This year’s winner was the University of Washington. In September 2009, the UW submitted an institutional Climate Action Plan to achieve carbon neutrality. Since then, the university has cut back on waste in a number of ways: 54 percent of the UW’s total waste is now diverted from landfills to recycling and composting facilities, 10 buildings are LEED certified, and 22 LEED projects are pending completion. Also, efficiency improvements in the Seattle campus’s data center resulted in a 26 percent drop in energy use. In addition, the UW’s farm was established to educate students about the impacts of our food supply, while helping create methods to reduce those impacts.

Location: Seattle

Employees: 29,000

Website: washington.edu

The UW’s list of honors and achievements includes an A- grade on the Sustainable Endowment Institute 2010 College Sustainability Report Card, a score of 99 on the Princeton Review 2009 Green Honor Roll and a second-place ranking in Sierra Club Magazine’s 2009 Cool Schools List.

Runners-up:

Seattle University

Location: Seattle

Employees: 1,354

Website: seattleu.edu

Seattle University began an aggressive compost collection program in 2009 that gathered an estimated 17 to 22 tons of compostable material from outdoor bins and 65 tons from food service vendors. In 2010, the program reached out to residence halls by placing compost pails in each room. The program now collects nearly a ton of compostable material from residence halls each week.

King County GreenTools Program

Location: Seattle

Employees: 6

Website: your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/greenbuilding

The GreenTools program has helped manage and introduce a variety of green initiatives in King County. Among the goals are ensuring all new county-funded projects are built to LEED Gold standards and assessing the environmental impact of each new county project. The program also provides grants to residential and commercial projects that show a commitment to green standards.

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The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Auburn › belshaw-adamatic.com
When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
 
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
 
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
 
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.