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Recognizing Outstanding achievement in Environmental Stewardship

Green Globe AwardThe King County Department of Natural Resources (DNR) created the Green Globe Awards in 1997 to recognize businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in environmental stewardship. Nominees are participants in environmental management and assistance programs sponsored by DNR. Currently, more than 1,300 King County businesses participate in DNR programs and are eligible for the award.

Award Winners

Leader in Biosolids Recycling
University of Washington College of Forest Resources

Leader in Hazardous Waste Reduction
Southtowne Auto Rebuild

Leader in Habitat Protection
Joanna Buehler, Save Lake Sammamish

Leader in Industrial Waste Reduction
Circuits Engineering, Inc.

Leader in Market Development
Bedrock Industries

Leader in Recycling, Waste Prevention and Use of Recycled Materials
The Boeing Company

Leader in Resource Management
David Warren, Executive Director, Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust

Leader in Sustainable Building
Sellen Construction

Leader in Water Quality Protection
Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS)

Environmental Catalyst Award
Jim Ellis
Preston, Gates and Ellis

Leader in Biosolids Recycling
University of Washington College of Forest Resources

Box 352100
Seattle, WA 98195-2100
Recipient: David B. Thorud, Dean

The University of Washington College of Forest Resources works in multiple ways to assist the community in recycling organic products. The University has worked cooperatively with King County and others throughout the nation over the last 25 years to develop practical technology and establish environmentally sound principles for biosolids management. Recently as visionaries of our community they have established a new program entitled, Sustainable Resource Sciences, which emphasizes sustainability of our environment by focusing on: recycling, life cycle analysis, soils and soil amendments, bioremediation and ecological restoration.

Leader in Hazardous Waste Reduction
Southtowne Auto Rebuild

14864 Pacific Hwy S
Tukwila, WA 98168-4329
Recipient: Mike West, Owner

Southtowne Auto Rebuild was selected to receive this award for their dramatic reductions in paint wastes, resulting in a 35% savings in disposal costs, a 50% reduction in solid wastes, and a wide array of recycling activities. In addition to the pollution prevention activities in their business, it is the tremendous personal dedication of Mike and Donna West to the reinforcement of an environmental ethic in their industry and their community, that led to the selection of Southtowne Auto Rebuild as Leader in Hazardous Waste Reduction.

Leader in Habitat Protection
Joanna Buehler, Save Lake Sammamish

1420 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027
Recipient: Joanna Buelher

Joanna Buehler received the Leader in Habitat Protection award for her work with Save Lake Sammamish, which she founded, to address declining water quality in Lake Sammamish. Recognizing that what happens in one part of the watershed ultimately affects all of its parts, including the lake, this grassroots organization has become involved in the wide array of activities that can improve water quality throughout the watershed. It has protected habitats, forests and streams from clearing and development. Its educational projects have raised awareness throughout the community of how each person's actions can affect the streams and lake, even if the lake is miles away. Save Lake Sammamish has also organized and supported restoration and salvage projects.

Leader in Industrial Waste Reduction
Circuits Engineering, Inc.

1832 180th SE
Bothell, WA 98012
Recipient: Chad Renando, Compliance Officer

Industrial Waste Reduction award for creating a corporate environmental philosophy and implementing a variety of waste reduction, pollution prevention and environmental awareness programs. Once subject to a major enforcement action, this small circuit-board manufacturing facility so effectively changed its business practices that it earned the King County Industrial Waste Program's EnvirOvation Award for environmental excellence in 1998. The company managed not only to stay in business but also to increase its business significantly, save money and produce circuits boards in an environmentally sound manner.

Leader in Market Development
Bedrock Industries

1401 W Garfield
Seattle, WA 98119
Recipient: Maria Ruano, President

Beautiful Tile & PotteryBedrock Industries takes recycled glass from a number of sources-building construction, curbside pickup and artist studios-and responds to the unique qualities of the glass in developing a wide range of creative products for both the consumer and the professional designer. In 1996, this company created new consumer products out of 60 tons of recycled glass. In 1998, it used 150 tons. In addition, Bedrock Industries combines its focus on creating a market for recycled glass products with efforts to reuse a wide range of other recycled materials in product development and business practice.

Leader in Recycling, Waste Prevention and Use of Recycled Materials
The Boeing Company

Boeing Military Aircraft & Missile Systems Group
20403 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032

Boeing Commercial Airplane Group - South Region
1102 15th St SW, Auburn, WA 98002

Boeing Commercial Airplane Group -
West Region
7755 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

Boeing Commercial Airplane Group - Central Region
800 N 6th St, Renton, WA 98055

Boeing Shared Services Group - Reclamation Center
E Valley Road near S 212th, Kent WA 98124

Boeing Shared Services Group
2810 160th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98008

Recipient: Kirk Thomson, Director of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Boeing RecyclingOne of King County's manufacturing giants, Boeing made a large impact with its 1998 recycling programs. Each of the King County Boeing facilities is home to a full schedule of recycling and waste-prevention activities-from the employee-sponsored newspaper and aluminum beverage programs to purchasing over 100 product made with recycled materials. The Reclamation Operation at Boeing handled 43 million pounds of aluminum, 22.4 million pounds of steel, 22 million pounds of paper, and 4.2 million pounds of plastics, wood and other recyclable materials this past year. Boeing saved more than $20 million dollars by recycling.

The Boeing Company has many waste prevention programs throughout the company such as their Product Design Improvement Process that has revolutionized the aircraft design methods. By switching from drawings on paper to digital graphics, Boeing has saved mountains of paper. They work with their vendors to minimize packaging waste and practice the wise use of resources. For The Boeing Company, it's a philosophy that helps keep their edge in the world market while protecting our environment.

Leader in Resource Management
David Warren, Executive Director, Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust

P.O. Box 2031
Vashon, WA 98070
Recipient: Laura Bienen, Chair, Vashon Forest Committee

Vashon-Maury Island Land TrustDavid Warren has written a forest management plan for his ten acres on Vashon Island and has enrolled the property in the timberlands taxation program. He has encouraged many other Vashon forest landowners to do the same. He has been instrumental in forming partnerships with Washington State DNR and King County to provide forest stewardship classes on Vashon Island. His enthusiasm, augmented by the example of his own property and his willingness to provide assistance, has spread throughout the island resulting in full enrollment in the stewardship classes and forest management plans on dozens of Vashon properties. As Executive Director of the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, David has secured permanent conservation for numerous properties. His efforts to publicize the County's incentive programs and encouraging forest stewardship among Vashon landowners have been equally effective in conserving forests on Vashon Island.

Leader in Sustainable Building
Sellen Construction

228 9th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Recipient: Richard C. Redman, Chairman
Sellen ConstructionSellen Construction Company, winner of the Leader in Sustainable Building award is one of the largest construction firms in the Puget Sound Region. Their outstanding commitment to waste prevention and job-site recycling has set the industry standard against which other projects are measured. Sellen consistently reaches 80 percent and above recycling rates on their job-sites. The enthusiasm and commitment of Sellen starts at the top with Chairman, Richard Redman, followed by the company's many site superintendents and Sustainable Construction Manager Lynne Barker.

Sellen ConstructionAs a leader in Sustainable Building, Sellen recycles at least 60 percent of their waste, uses recycled-content building materials on their projects and practices innovative waste prevention techniques on job-sites. For example, on a Target store in Woodinville, an innovative laser-scree technology was used to build a super-flat concrete floor thereby eliminating the need for wood forms and an entire concrete pour. Sellen also promotes sustainable building to its clients, employees and industry peers. Lynne Barker has made numerous presentations both locally and nationally on the successes and lessons learned by her company. This leadership has earned Sellen the first Green Globe award for Sustainable Building. Congratulations to all the employees at Sellen for leading the way!

Leader in Water Quality Protection
Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS)

8201 10th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
Recipient: Charles Cunniff, Executive Director

The Environmental Coalition of South Seattle was awarded the Leader in Water Quality Protection Award for their work in pollution prevention in the Duwamish watershed. They work with different industries to develop stormwater pollution prevention plans and teach employees the importance of water quality protection. For information on what businesses can do to prevent contaminants from entering stormwater runoff, contact the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle at (206) 767-0432.

Environmental Catalyst Award
Jim EllisPreston, Gates and Ellis

701 5th Ave, Suite 5000
Seattle, WA 98109

Jim Ellis received the Environmental Catalyst award for a lifetime of effort in bringing together people of diverse interests to solve environmental problems in the community's best interest. The projects that Ellis has helped the Seattle/King County region implement have literally become textbook examples for students of environmental management. Those projects include:

  • the formation of the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (Metro), which cleaned up Lake Washington and established a regional sewage-treatment system
  • Forward Thrust, which raised money through bonds to build the Seattle Aquarium, parks, swimming pools, playing fields, trails, Freeway Park, roads, sewers, fire stations and the public transit system
  • the Farmland Preservation Program, which has protected almost 13,000 acres through purchase of development rights (an innovative idea that had not been tried on this scale anywhere else in the country) and helped ensure that the region still has locally grown fresh produce
  • the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, which is a unique partnership of people, businesses and agencies formed to protect and enhance the I-90 scenic corridor from Puget Sound to the east side of the Cascades by preserving open space and wildlife habitat, working farms and forests, and historic sites along the 100-mile greenway.

For information on how you or your business can get involved, or on any of the Green Globe Award Winners, call 206-296-8361.