The 2016 Sustainability Leadership Awards was held on March 4, 2016 at the Seattle Yacht Club, where we recognized the accomplishments of outstanding individuals, organizations, and businesses in the region for advancements in sustainability over the prior year. The program, emceed by the environmental reporter of NPR/KUOW Ashley Ahern, heightened awareness of the breadth of activities and projects that make the Seattle area a model for communities around the world and helped us showcase our region as a leader and catalyst for positive change.
The 2016 winners are:
Small Business and Startups – Innovative Design:
Evrnu for its revolutionary technology upcycles cotton garment waste by breaking it down to create a new pristine fiber which can be used for new garment productions.
Small Business and Startups – Resource Management:
Second Use Building Materials for their effort to divert reusable building materials from the landfill, thereby creating opportunities for homeowners, contractors and the community to repurpose materials and educating them about reclaimed items.
Large and Medium-sized Businesses – Innovative Design:
MSR Global Health, Cascade Designs in partnership with PATH for developing a new portable water purification device — the MSR Smart Electrochlorinator (SE200) — to bring clean water to populations around the world.
Large and Medium-sized Businesses – Resource Management:
Century Link Field/First and Goal for demonstrating exemplary leadership in resource management, both in facility operations and event management in areas of waste, energy and education.
Government, Non-Profit and Community Organizations – Collaboration:
Front and Centered for working through lobbying and outreach to empower underrepresented communities to advocate for public policies that address building equitable environments for the future.
Government, Nonprofit, and Community Organization – Communicating for Change:
Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center for agricultural resilience reporting, connecting and educating the community about local agriculture and the ecological impact of the drought and workers’ rights.
Sustainable Business Leader:
Brenna Davis, Director of Sustainability, Virginia Mason, for leading the hospital to become a national model in green health practices and for leading Washington businesses to take climate action.
Ellen Southard, Salmon Safe and Site Story, for tirelessly advocating for more sustainable development practices in the Pacific NW and for connecting community and businesses for a sustainable future.
We wish to thank the following for supporting the event:
Canoe Ridge Vineyard
Copperworks Distilling Company
Duke’s Chowder House
Elephant Car Washes
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Floral Soil Solutions
Grand Central Bakery
Hello.Small Business, Swift Media Solutions
Kristin Ford Jewelry With Meaning
Lake Union Civic Orchestra
McLendon Complete Hardware
McMenamins Pub and Breweries
Michael Rosenberg Photography
Pacific Science Center
PCC Natural Markets
SEALEVEL Hot Yoga
Seattle City Light
Seattle Spirits Society
Seattle Theater Group
Sustainable World Coalition
The Elliott Bay Book Company
The Skillet Group
Town Hall Seattle
Woodland Park Zoo