Green Washington Awards 2013: Academia/Government

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WINNER: Seattle University

Seattle University’s recent efforts to improve sustainability and reduce waste are myriad and miraculous. The 7,700-student academic institution on Capitol Hill has a list of green achievements as long as a dean’s robe—and it’s getting longer every year.

All four of the university’s most recently completed new buildings are LEED Gold certified. The school switched from purchased steam energy to on-site natural gas boilers and slashed annual CO₂ emissions by two million pounds, saving $138,000 a year. LED lamps have replaced compact fluorescents in the Student Center and a swimming pool

heat-recovery system will save an additional 575,000 pounds of CO₂ emissions annually.

In its quest to become more efficient and environmentally friendly, Seattle University has looked at every little detail, including its paper towel dispensers. The old ones ran on batteries (requiring 3,600 battery changes a year); the new ones are manually operated. The environmental studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences transformed unused land at the King County South Wastewater Treatment Plant in Renton into a sustainable farm that donates produce to local food banks. Earlier this year, the university created the Center for Environmental Justice & Sustainability, an effort to encourage more scholarship on the issue of planetary stewardship.

 

SILVER: University of Washington

A groundbreaking smart grid project allows dorm residents at the UW’s main campus in Seattle to monitor and reduce their building’s energy use while competing against other dorms. In 2012, the university saved

$6 million on energy-efficiency improvements alone. Thanks to a computer-controlled irrigation system, low-flow fixtures and rainwater cisterns, the university has reduced water use by 40 percent since 2000. All told, the UW boasts nearly two million square feet of LEED-certified campus structures and nearly seven acres of green roofs. The efficiency even spills onto the gridiron: The renovated Husky Stadium and neighboring football operations building are expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.

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
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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.