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Recognizing Outstanding achievement in Environmental Stewardship

Green Globe AwardThis is the third time the county's Department of Natural Resources has presented the Green Globe Awards. The biennial award was first given on Earth Day 1997. All recipients excel in leadership and activities that foster environmental stewardship by protecting the environment, managing natural resources and benefiting the community.

Nominees are participants in various programs sponsored by the County. Currently hundreds of businesses actively participate in County programs and thousands of citizens work hand-in- hand with us to protect our environmental legacy.

The award itself, designed by internationally known artist Gerry Newcomb, is made of recycled glass and marble.

Award Winners

Leader in Market Development
Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties

Leader in Sustainable Building
Specialized Homes, L.L.C.

Leader in Hazardous Waste Reduction
Bernard Imports, Inc.

Leader in Water Quality Protection
Automotive Recyclers of Washington

Leader in Habitat Protection
Harvey Manning

Leader in Water Reuse
City of Tukwila

Leader in Resource Management
Bob Tidball, T & M Berry Farm

Leader in Biosolids Recycling
Natural Selection Farms, Inc.

Leader in Waste Prevention, Recycling and Use of Recycled Materials
Albertson's Inc.

Environmental Catalyst
Denis Hayes

Leader in Market Development
Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties

2155 112th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, based in Bellevue, will receive the Leader in Market Development award for its outstanding leadership in creating markets for recyclable materials and products. Together with King County, Snohomish County and Fannie Mae, Master Builders developed the nation's most comprehensive green-building program. Called Built Green™, the program certifies homes that are built to specific environmental standards for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, materials efficiency, site preparation and water quality. The program allows home buyers to choose from a list of options that qualify a Built Green™ home to be a real investment in preserving the environment. As part of its Built Green™ program, Master Builders has been very receptive to increasing the use of recycled materials and products in home construction. The 2,600-member organization joined with the King County to create a large, sustainable building exhibit area at the Seattle Home Show 2 in October 2000.

Leader in Sustainable BuildingSpecialized Homes, LLC

600 First Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104

Specialized Homes, L.L.C., based in Seattle, will receive the Leader in Sustainable Building award for outstanding efforts in encouraging the wise use of resources in their building practices. A Distinguished Construction Works member and one of the first Built GreenTM members, Specialized Homes approaches projects with the environment in mind-it minimizes waste, uses low-toxic paints and finishes, and chooses recycled-content materials and products. The company then passes on this environmental ethic to their homebuyers by providing them with built-in recycling bins. To further reduce waste, Specialized Homes uses pre-cut framing packages for wall stops and floor joists and asks suppliers to ship with reusable pallets. It all adds up to energy and resource efficient homes and a remarkable 70-percent recycling rate.

Leader in Hazardous Waste Reduction
Bernard Imports, Inc.

11020 East Marginal Way South
Tukwila, WA 98168

Bernard Imports, Inc., based in Tukwila, will receive the Leader in Hazardous Waste Reduction award for outstanding leadership in reducing hazardous waste and promoting the ethic of environmental responsibility within their industry. This vehicle salvage company has established practices that prevent contamination from entering the environment. The shop uses a closed-loop system for cleaning parts, saving about 210 gallons of solvent waste per year. The company recycles waste oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, freon, batteries and scrap metal. Owner Eric Bernard, a member of Automotive Recyclers of Washington, is a local leader encouraging the vehicle salvage industry to improve its practices. Bernard Imports is the first vehicle salvage company in the Puget Sound region to qualify as an EnviroStar, having earned the highest five-star rating and demonstrated how the vehicle salvage process can incorporate environmental protection.

Leader in Water Quality Protection
Automotive Recyclers of Washington

2911 East Lake Sammamish Parkway SE
Sammamish, WA 98075

Automotive Recyclers of Washington, based in Sammamish, will receive the Leader in Water Quality Protection award for its outstanding efforts to prevent pollution and protect our lakes, streams and Puget Sound. Through a stellar business education program, the organization helps minimize the amount of hazardous materials ending up in stormwater. Funded in part by a 1999 King County Business Action Grant, Automotive Recyclers has updated a stormwater management pollution prevention plan for auto recyclers and provided on-site visits to help 25 businesses establish best management practices. The organization has also developed a seminar that helps increase business awareness of water quality issues and encourage innovative solutions. Both auto recyclers and the environment have benefited through this partnership.

Leader in Habitat Protection
Harvey Manning

c/o King County Wildlife Program
201 South Jackson Street, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98104-3856

Harvey Manning, of Bellevue, will receive the Leader in Habitat Protection award for his efforts to protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat. Decades ago, Manning recognized the potential for an interconnected system of open spaces, forests, farms, habitats and trails stretching from the Cascades to the shores of Lake Washington. Through his numerous books and tireless efforts, Harvey has inspired hundreds of people to fight for open space protection and make "wilderness in the city" a reality.

Leader in Water Reuse
City of Tukwila Public Works

600 Minkler Boulevard
Tukwila, WA 98188

The City of Tukwila will receive the Leader in Water Reuse award for using reclaimed water for industrial and irrigation purposes and demonstrating the viability of using reclaimed water. Working with King County, the City of Tukwila has conserved almost 15 million gallons of drinking water since 1998 by irrigating the county's Fort Dent Park ballfields with reclaimed water. By irrigating with reclaimed water from King County's wastewater treatment plant in Renton, a similar volume of water remains available for drinking and cooking or as fish habitat in the rivers that provide most of the region's drinking water. Reclaimed water is wastewater that has been treated so that it can be used safely and effectively for irrigation, industrial and other nonpotable applications. Tukwila has pioneered the use of reclaimed water for irrigation in this region, setting an example that can be valuable for conserving water throughout King County.

Leader in Resource Management
Bob Tidball

T & M Berry Farm
28810 - 57th Pl. S.
Auburn, WA 98001

Bob Tidball of T & M Berry Farm in Auburn will receive the Leader in Resource Management award for his efforts to conserve resource lands and promote innovative agricultural management practices that protect the environment. He has been a tireless advocate for farmland preservation in King County since 1979 when he volunteered on the campaign to raise $50 million for the King County Farmlands Preservation Program. He is a member and former board member of Puget Sound Farm Trust, a nonprofit organization that promotes farm preservation and environmentally friendly farming practices. He has also been active in the Green-Duwamish Watershed Alliance and on a committee focusing on farming issues related to the Endangered Species Act listing of Chinook salmon.

Leader in Biosolids Recycling
Ted Durfey, President

Natural Selection Farms, Inc.
P.O. Box 893
Sunnyside, WA 98944

Natural Selection Farms, Inc., in Sunnyside will receive the Leader in Biosolids Recycling award for its recycling of biosolids and its advocacy for environmental stewardship throughout the community as well as the region. Through a cooperative partnership between Natural Selection Farms and King County, more than 40,000 wet tons of biosolids were applied to 4,400 acres of farmland owned by 20 farmers in Yakima County during 2000. The farm uses drip irrigation to conserve water and incorporates straw into the soil to reduce water runoff and erosion into the Yakima River salmon habitat. The farm has also been progressive in experimenting with recycled products for composting and using recycled, biodegradable paper twine for stringing hop vines onto recycled plastic poles instead of wooden ones. Natural Selection Farms, owned by Ted Durfey, has actively participated in state boards and oversight committees to help shape regulations that foster environmental stewardship.

Leader in Waste Prevention, Recycling and Use of Recycled MaterialsJohn A. Bernardo
Manager of Resource Conservation

General Offices, 250 Parkcenter Boulevard
Box 20
Boise, Idaho 83726

Albertson's Inc., based in Boise, ID, will receive the Leader in Waste Prevention, Recycling and Use of Recycled Materials award for its outstanding efforts to prevent waste, recycle and use recycled products in the workplace. All 24 Albertson's stores in King County are Distinguished Green Works members and boast a recycling rate of 60 percent or higher. In 1999, the company recycled more than 246,000 tons of cardboard nationwide and more than 160,000 pounds of plastic bags and pallet wrap in King County. To close the plastics recycling loop, Albertson's purchases benches made of recycled plastic lumber for its new and remodeled stores. The company's most ambitious attempt at reducing waste has been the design and introduction of reusable, recyclable produce boxes, which can be used in store displays. Albertson's also encourages suppliers to use recycled materials and products in manufacturing, packaging and shipping.

Environmental Catalyst
Denis Hayes

Bullitt Foundation
1212 Minor
Seattle, WA 98101

Denis Hayes will receive the Environmental Catalyst award for his significant, long-term contributions toward fostering environmental stewardship in King County and throughout the world. As president of the local $100 million Bullitt Foundation based in Seattle, Hayes influences both local and national environmental policies and activities. He is also chair of The Energy Foundation, which awards a variety of energy-related grants on behalf of a consortium of foundations. Hayes is perhaps best known for his role in creating the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, in which more than 20 million people participated, fundamentally altering the public's environmental values. Twenty years later, more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated in Earth Day 1990, and the numbers have only increased since. Hayes continues to head the Earth Day network, the group that organizes the international Earth Day campaign each year.

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