Green Washington Awards 2013: Manufacuring


WINNER: Precor Inc.

Precor Inc. has been designing and manufacturing the latest, coolest, trendiest fitness equipment since 1980 and is responsible for many industry firsts. It created the first padded treadmill, the first elliptical cross-trainer and the revolutionary Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT), which adapts to the user’s stride length and mobility patterns.

Along the way, Precor made itself into one of the state’s greenest manufacturers. It recycles nearly 700 tons of material annually, including almost 60 tons of previously wasted ABS plastic, styrofoam and low-density polyethylene. A new “smart” welding ventilation system is saving more than 75,000 kilowatt hours each year by assuring that the ventilation system is open only when a robot is welding instead of operating at full power all day, as it had in the past. Precor even recycles used treadmill belts. Bellevue’s Upcycle Goods uses them to create iPad protection sleeves.

Precor’s green initiatives have previously earned accolades from King County and the Washington State Department of Ecology.


SILVER: Method Homes

Method Homes builds prefabricated homes in Washington and British Columbia, specializing in the type of contemporary island cabins that grace the covers of sumptuous architecture and design magazines. Method does prefab not only because it’s beautiful and efficient. It also does prefab because it’s green. Since, the company manufactures its modules in Ferndale, it diverts waste from landfills and reduce the CO₂ emissions that often occur on remote building projects. Method continues to push the envelope of green prefab construction with its recently unveiled Paradigm Series, a line of ultra-efficient homes that can be built to meet the strict standards of the Living Building Challenge administered by the Seattle-based International Living Future Institute.

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   |

“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  |

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  |

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.