Green Washington Awards 2012: The Green Team

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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 outpaces the competition.
* An internet retailer who sells everything—and almost anything—that is honestly sustainable, and shipping those items via carbon-neutral carriers.

These companies and products aren’t figments of our imagination. They are here today, changing the landscape of Washington business for the better. And we celebrate their accomplishments. The second Washington Green 50 list, a component of our Green Washington Awards, brings together the bright stars of sustainability, from a water-saving linen service to a recycling-obsessed ski resort. In between, you’ll find innovators in nearly every industry who have taken it upon themselves to make Washington a hub of environmental conscientiousness. With green-minded business leaders like these, the Pacific Northwest is poised to remain at the forefront of the global push toward sustainable commerce.

These companies and organizations constitute the Seattle Business magazine Washington Green 50 for 2012. There are 54 entities on the list because three honorees comprise partnerships involving more than one organization. While the partnership receives official recognition, each member of the partnership is listed individually and receives a plaque signifying membership in the Washington Green 50.

AGRICULTURE/NATURAL RESOURCES
Claar Cellars LLC, Pasco (first place winner)
Growing Washington, Bellingham (partner with Viva Farms)
Stemilt Growers,
Wenatchee
Tree Top Inc., Selah (silver award winner)
Viva Farms, Burlington (partner with Growing Washington)

ARCHITECTURE
LMN Architects, Seattle
Mithun, Seattle
Runberg Architecture Group, Seattle (silver award winner)
The Miller Hull Partnership, Seattle (partner with Bullitt Foundation) (special recognition honoree)
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, Seattle (first place winner)

BUILDING/CONSTRUCTION
Green Canopy Homes, Seattle (first place winner, small companies)
Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, Bellevue (first place winner, nonprofits)
Paladino and Company, Seattle
Sellen Construction, Seattle (first place winner, large companies)
Turner Construction Company, Seattle

CONSUMER/RETAIL
Alaska Airlines, Seattle
Brooks Sports, Bothell (first place winner)
GreenCupboards Inc., Spokane (silver award winner)

ENERGY
Avista Utilities, Spokane (special recognition honoree)
Puget Sound Energy, Bellevue
Snohomish County Public Utility District, Everett

GOVERNMENT/ACADEMIA
City of Issaquah (first place winner, government)
Seattle University
University of Washington, Seattle
Washington State University, Pullman (first place winner, academia)
Bastyr University, Kenmore

HEALTH
Mt. Baker Bio, Everett
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle
ZymoGenetics, Seattle

HOSPITALITY/RECREATION
Stevens Pass Mountain Resort, Skykomish (first place winner)
Cedarbrook Lodge, Seattle
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle

MANUFACTURING
Canyon Creek Cabinet Company, Monroe (first place winner)
Choice Organic Teas/Granum Inc., Seattle
Freight Wing Inc., Seattle (partner with PPRC and Interstate Distributor) (first place winner)
General Biodiesel, Seattle
Magnum Print Solutions, Seattle (silver award winner)
MicroGreen Polymers Inc., Arlington (silver award winner)
Spencer Cabinetry, Monroe
SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel, Seattle

NONPROFIT
Bullitt Foundation, Seattle (partner with Miller Hull Partnership) (special recognition honoree)
Horizon House, Seattle (silver award winner)
NW Energy Coalition, Seattle (legacy award winner)
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center, Seattle (partner with Interstate Distributor and Freight Wing) (first place winner)

SERVICES
CleanScapes, Seattle (first place winner)
Gordon Trucking Inc., Pacific
Interstate Distributor Inc., Tacoma (partner with PPRC and Freight Wing) (first place winner)
Keeney’s Office Supply, Redmond
Service Linen Supply, Renton (silver award winner)

TECHNOLOGY/CLEAN TECH
Demand Energy Networks,
Liberty Lake (first place winner)
Itron, Liberty Lake
Silicon Energy, Marysville
3Tier Inc.,
Seattle (silver award winner)
WisErg Corporation,
Issaquah

GREEN WASHINGTON AWARDS JUDGES
Charlie Cunniff,
Business Environmental Services Manager, Seattle Office of Economic Development

Marc Daudon,
Cofounder, Cascadia Consulting Group

John Gardner,
Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Bainbridge Graduate Institute

Becky Kelley,
Deputy Director, Washington Environmental Council

Ross Macfarlane,
Senior Adviser–Business Partnership, Climate Solutions

J. Thomas Ranken,
Executive Director, Washington Clean Technology Alliance

2016 Community Impact Awards: Green Products & Services

2016 Community Impact Awards: Green Products & Services

Winner: Optimum Energy, Itek Energy, Rice Fergus Miller
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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.