Sustainability Champion Awards

The Sustainability Champion Awards are an annual recognition of 4 leading local businesses, who are pioneers in sustainable business practices here in our community.

Join us for this year’s ceremony as we announce the winners after the Smart Business Summit on January 25th.

We accept business nominations year round and are always on the lookout for new nominees.
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?

This Business actively engages our community, leads by example, and gives back and they collaborate and share their knowledge with others.

This business measures their triple bottom line benefits (people, planet, prosperity) and they inspire you to implement sustainable practices of your own.

This business provides employment opportunities that engage staff, provide livable jobs and plan for the future.

This business promotes a strong and diverse local economy.  They have taken measures to increase awareness about the personal, community and economic benefits of choosing local first.

We have a plethora of amazing non profits here in our community and greatly appreciate the work they do in these categories, however, the Sustainability Champion Awards are reserved for locally owned businesses.

2017 Sustainability Champion Nominations

Nominations for 2017 will be accepted until Friday January 5th, 2018. They will be compiled to determine the top 3 nominees in each category. All 2017 nominees will be notified by January 9th, 2018.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on January 25th, 2018.


For follow up if we have questions about your nomination




Some questions to think about while nominating this business • Is this business involved in other local organizations? • Are any owners or staff on community boards? • Is there any support for community engagement (paid time to volunteer)? • What percent of revenue goes toward local giving?

Some questions to think about while nominating this business: How many sustainable practices is this organization participating in? What are the metrics from each of these practices? What industry is this organization involved in?

Some questions to think about while nominating this business: • Are there any wellness programs? • Does this business pay a living wage, paternity wage? • Is it employee owned? • Are there year-end bonus shares? • Is there a staff review process? • How is community among staff developed?

Some questions to think about while nominating this business: • What percent of money is spent locally? • What is the proximity of the suppliers?

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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