Green Washington Awards 2012: The Green Team

By Nick Horton October 2, 2011


This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of Seattle magazine.

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 everythingand almost anythingthat is honestly sustainable, and shipping those items via carbon-neutral carriers.

These companies and products arent 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, youll 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.

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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 AdviserBusiness Partnership, Climate Solutions

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

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