Sustainable Business Development

Sustainability Champion Awards

The Sustainability Champion Awards are an annual recognition of leaders within the Sustainable Connections membership who are pioneers in our local economy. Check our Local Directory for current business members.

We are always on the lookout for the next round of nominees, and accept business nominations year round. Who do you think is doing groundbreaking work in the fields of promoting community, minimizing their environmental impact, creating meaningful employment, and/or committing to our local economy by buying local first?

Strong Community Award

How does your nominee for the Strong Community award actively engage our community, lead by example, and give back?  How do they collaborate and share their knowledge with others?

Healthy Environment Award

How does your nominee for the Healthy Environment award measure the triple bottom line benefits (people, planet, prosperity) of their work?  How have they inspired you to implement sustainable business practices in your business?

Meaningful Employment Award

How does your nominee for the Meaningful Employment award provide employment opportunities that engage employees, provide livable jobs and plan for the future?

Buying Local First Award

How does your nominee for the Buying Local First award promote a strong and diverse local economy?  What measures have they taken to increase awareness about the personal, community and economic benefits of choosing local first?

2017 Sustainability Champion Nominations

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Past Award Winners

2015

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

2014

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 Builder
Buying Local First
Ciao Thyme
Lifetime Achievement
John Blethen of New Whatcom Interiors

2012

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

2011

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

 

2010

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