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 Sustainability Leadership Awards Winners:
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.
Sustainable Leadership Awards | 2015
On January 23rd at MOHAI, we honored those working for a more healthy and livable region, celebrating the accomplishments in our community. Sustainable Seattle brought you the “best of the best” in sustainability at a dinner gala at MOHAI, catered by Herban Feast. It was a wonderful festive event attended by veteran sustainability movers and shakers as well as by many who are new to the conversation. What a night! It was showtime and we were entertained by our MC Paul Shoemaker and the judges announcing this year’s winners.
The 2015 Sustainability Leadership winners:
Sustainable Hero: BJ Cummings, founder of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, for her leadership in empowering residents to bring their voices to the table in the “River for All” campaign, building EPA and government support for cleanup of the superfund site.
Significant Newcomer: Tiny Trees Preschool for its innovative approach to making outdoor preschool education affordable for a wide range of families.
Creative Solution: Co-winners include Forterra and the City of Tukwila for their collaborative approach addressing sustainability challenges in the diverse community of Tukwila, and RE-USE Consulting for finding sustainable alternatives to demolition.
Setting an Example: The Seattle Mariners for their leadership in sustainable ballpark operations since 2006.
Transportation Changer: Pronto Cycle Share, for providing access to a low-cost, fast, flexible, and convenient transportation alternative.
Resource Impact: Co-winners Pike Place Market PDA and Seattle Tilth for bringing healthy food access to hundreds of Seattle’s most vulnerable families and Travelers Against Plastic for their initiative to educate global travelers about the harmful impacts of plastic water bottle usage.
Transforming Spaces: Co-winners, Highland Park Improvement Club, the Nature Consortium, and Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, highlighting their work in building healthier, vibrant communities in South Seattle.
People’s Choice Award
Held on January 31, 2014 at MOHAI | We met, mingled, dined and celebrated at MOHAI with Sustainable Seattle and 250 community members to recognize the nominees and announce the award recipients selected by independent judges. It was a grand night!
The 2013-14 Sustainability Leadership Awards Winners
Sustainable Hero: Bill Thorness, author, editor and freelance writer, A Cool Season Gardener, for his significant and inspiring contribution to the local sustainability movement.
Significant Newcomer: Landis+Gyr, for their recent incorporation of sustainability into their business practices.
Creative Solution: Seattle Steam, for their innovative approaches to a sustainability challenge.
Setting An Example: Theo Chocolate for modeling leadership through emphasizing education and transparency.
Transportation Changer: PATH, for their achievements in impacting transportation systems and accessibility.
Resource Impact: Farm to Table Partnership, for their positive impacts on local food networks.
Transforming Spaces: National Wildlife Federation and their Garden for Wildlife Program for their projects that revive and transform urban spaces.
Sustainability Leadership Awards | 2012
The 2012 Sustainability Leadership Awards Winners
BEST (Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking) Alliance
Vitalizing Local Sustainable Economies
Fresh Bucks (Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment and Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance)
Stewards Of Healthy Ecologies And Humans
Alaska Airlines Green Team
Cascade Harvest Coalition/Farm-to-Table Trade
Livable Urban Communities
Seattle 2030 District
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
Diana Vergis Vinh, the founding spirit behind the launch of Community Kitchens in Seattle
Sustainable Leadership Awards | 2011
The 2011 Sustainability Leadership Awards Winners
Leader in Sustainability: Community Kitchens NW
Innovator in Sustainability: West Seattle Tool Library
Leader in Sustainability: Community Kitchens NW
Innovator in Sustainability: Professor Sarah Elwood, UW
Leader in Sustainability: Charlie Cunniff
Innovator in Sustainability: Green Plate Special
Leader in Sustainability: Stewardship Partners
Innovator in Sustainability: Reed Painting
Happiness Award: Cathy Tuttle
Sustainable Community Outstanding Leadership Awards | 2010
The 2010 Sustainable Community Outstanding Leadership Awards Winners
Built Environment: Beacon Development Group
Government: City of Seattle’s Sustainable Building Program
Neighborhoods and Communities: Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS)
Social Justice: ArtWorks
Board Of Directors’ Special Achievement Award: PCC Natural Markets
Sustainable Community Outstanding Leadership Awards | 2002
The 2002 Sustainable Community Outstanding Leadership Awards Winners
Built Environment: Kathleen O’Brien, President of O’Brien & Company
Business: RE Store & RE Sources
Government: Karen Hamilton & Eric Nelson, Environmental Purchasing Program, King County Procurement & Contract Services
Neighborhoods / Communities:Patty Borman, representing Cascade Neighborhood Council
Social Justice: James Puckett, Founder of Basel Action Network
Board Of Directors’ Special Achievement Award: Jones & Jones Architects & Landscape Architects, LTD
Sustainable Community Outstanding Leadership Awards | 2001
The 2001 Sustainable Community Outstanding Leadership Awards Winners
Built Environment: Bert Gregory, President of Mithun Partners
Business: Ed Geiger, President of Frontier Geosciences
Government: Tracey Dieckhoner, Project Manager of the City of Seattle’s Pesticide Reduction Program
Neighborhood Sustainability: Patsy Bullitt, Bullitt Foundation Board of Trustees
Social Justice: Dr. Maxine Buie Mimms, Associate Faculty in Education at Antioch University