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Sustainability Champion Award Winners

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Sustainable Connections has been privileged for the past six years, to award gorgeous wood plaques, created by Smith & Vallee, to businesses that embody the tenants of Strong Community, Healthy Environment, Meaningful Employment and Thinking Local First.

We are constantly on the lookout for the next round of nominees, and accept business nominations year round. Tell us more about your most loved local business here, and why you think they should be one of this year's Sustainability Champions!

Congratulations to the 2015 Sustainability Champions!

We are fortunate to work every day with leaders and pioneers crafting the future of best business practices. This community has an incredible wealth of knowledge, innovation, and heart.  Help us congratulate our previous winners.


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We were pleased to present the following awards at this year's All Members Meeting to these inspirational and innovative businesses:

Strong Community - Saturna Capital

Healthy Environment - The Chrysalis Inn and Spa

Meaningful Employment - Scratch and Peck Feeds

Buying Local First - Pizza'zza

Lifetime Achievement - Marty Jelinski of Bay City Supply

Read more about their extraordinary accomplishments here.

Past Award Winners


  • Strong Community - Bellingham Farmers Market
  • Healthy Environment - Osprey Hill Farm
  • Meaningful Employment - Q Laundry
  • Buying Local First - Faber Construction
  • Lifetime Achievement - Janet Lightner & Ed Bennett of Boundary Bay Brewery

  • 2013

  • Strong Community - Whatcom Educational Credit Union
  • Healthy Environment - Terra Organica
  • Meaningful Employment - Bellingham Bay Builders
  • Buying Local First - Ciao Thyme
  • Lifetime Achievement - John Blethen of New Whatcom Interiors


  • Strong Community - Louis Auto & Residential Glass
  • Healthy Environment - 2020 Engineering
  • Meaningful Employment - VSH CPAs
  • Buying Local First  - Mallard Ice Cream
  • Lifetime Achievement  - Chuck & Dee Robinson of Village Books & Paper Dreams


  • Strong Community - The Community Food Co-op
  • Healthy Environment - The North Fork Brewery
  • Meaningful Employment - Assembly-Plus
  • Buying Local First  - Chuckanut Builders
  • Lifetime Achievement  - Duane Jager of ReUse Works


  • Strong Community - Samuel's Furniture
  • Healthy Environment - Lummi Island Wild
  • Meaningful Employment - Woodstone
  • Buying Local First  - The Table & Bellingham Pasta Co.
  • Lifetime Achievement  - Fred & Lynn Berman of Pastazza
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