2017 Sitka Green Business Awards

CONGRATULATIONS 2017 Sitka Green Business* Award Winners!

*Local business includes businesses, agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and schools 

 

And Sitka Global Warming Group (SGWG) congratulates 2017's Sitka "Green" Businesses!  These businesses, agencies, organizations, and schools are doing good things for the environment while also doing good things for our local economy and our community. Through implementing green, environmentally-sustainable business practices, these award-winning businesses are contributing to the sustainability of our community, in an environmental sense and in a financial and social sense.

For their work toward sustainability, we recognize and thank our local "Sitka Green Business Award" winners for 2017! 

And there's still time to nominate local businesses* for 2017 Sitka Green Business Awards!  Nomination form (.pdf)     or     Nomination form (MS Word)     

2017 Sitka Green Business Award Winners

The following businesses are recognized and certified as Sitka Green Businesses for 2017

Check our list of businesses and their green practices to see what they do! 

Special Initiatives 

Platinum (15+ Green Practices)

Gold (10-14 Green Practices)

Silver (5-9 Green Practices)

Bronze (4 or Less Green Practices)

 

Program Participation

SGWG developed this local “certification” process to determine those businesses and practices to recognize through this program. All businesses, not-for-profit organizations, agencies, schools, and others with an office in Sitka are encouraged to participate.  The program’s four levels recognize different levels of commitment towards green practices. The more actions that a business is doing to help the environment, the higher the recognition level they received. 

Award levels changed in 2013 - based on business suggestions we made reaching higher levels  more difficult! Awards are determined as follows - Businesses using: 1-4 green practices received a Bronze Award; 5-9 green practices – a Silver Award; 10-14 green practices – a Gold Award; 15 or more green practices – the Platinum Award. The special recognition award is for a business or businesses involved in 1) ongoing green activities, and 2) a one-time, major environmental initiative.

Awards are determined through nomination by any interested party (employees, customers, owners, etc.), with the nominated business determining their own participation (see Nominations below). Awards are normally presented each year in the spring with nominations being solicited mainly in the fall. We take nominations for Sitka Green Business Awards, either from businesses themselves or from customers (see instructions under Nominations, below) year-round.

The criteria for the awards are in constant development. SGWG reserves the right to determine what practices will be listed and recognized and what businesses qualify for the awards.

 

Green Practices List

The following list of green practices was compiled from practices currently being used in Sitka and will be used to determine the level of award for 2018. See our list of businesses and their green practices to see what they do! A copy of this list, designed for printing or copying and filling out as a form, is available under Nominations below.

Green Practices List 2017

WASTE REDUCTION

Reuse materials (like good-on-one-side paper, packing materials, etc.)

Give away usable items (like bubble wrap, pallets, food, etc.) rather than throw it away

Encourage double-sided printing

Recycle 2 or more city-sponsored items

Provide recycling/reuse opportunities for specialty items (like used oil, computers, phones, etc.)

Recycle "specialty" items (batteries, print cartridges, phones, oil, fluorescent bulbs, etc.)

Compost coffee grounds, yard, or food waste

Provide a discount for customers reusing items (cups, bags, etc.)

Use (and reuse!) reusable items rather than throw away items (bags, plates, forks, refillable pens, water bottles, etc.)

Use web-based (paperless) marketing, billing, document publishing, etc.

Proper disposal of hazardous waste

ENERGY CONSERVATION

Energy Efficient lighting (Install/use CFLs, LEDs, etc)

Energy efficient heating (Install/use programmable thermostat, turn down heat at night)

Encourage employees to wear warm clothes so that heat may be left low

Turn off lights, electronics (computer, etc.) at night

Installed/maintain other energy saving devices (elec. hand driers, auto. light switches)

Upgraded office building energy efficiency through insulation, energy efficient windows/heaters, and/or other large energy-saving construction

TRANSPORTATION

Provide/maintain covered bike parking

Support bike/walking programs (for employees or special initiatives)

Consolidate errands - transportation efficiency

Use teleconferencing/videoconferencing to reduce travel for meetings, training, etc.

Use 4 stroke outboards/take other measures to reduce boat fuel use

"Right sized" our vehicle fleet (reduced fleet to use less, smaller, & more efficient vehicles and electric or hybrids or even bikes)

GREEN MATERIALS

Use recycled paper/refurbished office supplies

Use environmentally friendly supplies/methods (including green seal certified products, natural fertilizers, un-bleached napkins with soy ink, etc.)

PRODUCTS

Provide training and consulting regarding green products

Sell Fair Trade or Forest Stewardship Council certified products

Sell or use organic ingredients in their products

Sell locally made/grown items

Sell reusable shopping bags

Sell re-used items

Use cloth towels or ask clients to reuse towels

COMMUNITY/ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT

Organize/promote clean-up events (land, water, beaches)

Promote/support green education (about energy conservation, invasive species, recycling, growing food, etc.)

Support local foods activities

Have employee/student Green Team or environmental organization

Promote “buy local” (by promoting other local businesses & other buy local programs)

 

Nominate a Business!

If you own, work for or know of a Sitka business, not-for-profit organization, agency, or school doing green practices that you would like to see recognized with a Sitka Green Business Award, we'd like to hear from you! Please go to the Green Business Nomination Form, fill in the business name at the top and put an x in any green practices currently occurring at that business. Please email that filled-in list to sitkagreenbusiness@yahoo.com. Also, if you have or know of additional green practices occurring that you would like us to consider adding to our list, please include a list of those in your email. Make sure to send us the business name and address as well as your name and email address. If you'd just like more information, please contact us at sitkagreenbusiness@yahoo.com

Nominations are mainly accepted in the fall. However, we will accept nominations year-round for actions taken the year before the award is presented (thus, 2017 awards are for green business practices implemented in 2016). Nominations for previously un-recognized businesses will be considered on an ongoing basis. Awards are generally presented once or twice per year.

 

History of the Sitka Green Business Awards

At a March 2009 SGWG meeting one member suggested, "Thank local companies and businesses for green practices. Recognize those who are taking initiative! Promote the positives!" By April of that year, a green business recognition program was prioritized as one of the most important actions to be taken by SGWG in 2009/2010.

In April 2010, 35 Sitka businesses were awarded 2010 Sitka Green Business Awards. Three Sitka businesses received the Platinum award, two businesses received Gold awards, eleven businesses received Silver awards, and 18 businesses received Bronze awards. The City and Borough of Sitka and Sitka Assembly received the 2010 Special Recognition award for their work on Climate Action Planning in 2009 and 2010.

In 2011, 41 Sitka businesses received 2011 Sitka Green Business Awards. Thirty Sitka businesses received the Platinum award, two businesses received Gold awards, three businesses received Silver awards, and four businesses received Bronze awards. Mt. Edgecumbe High School, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the City and Borough of Sitka Electric Department received the 2011 Special Recognition award for their collaborative effort to install a wind power generator display project. For the 2010 awards, many nominations were made by SGWG/SS members who patronized the businesses. Often they would not see all the green practices being used which resulted in lower-level awards. For the 2011 awards, most businesses were self-nominated. This captured more of a business’ “hidden” green practices, but missed those businesses that did not nominate themselves.

In 2012, 23 Sitka businesses received awards.  Nearly every business was self-nominated. And 16 of the businesses awarded in 2012 increased the number of practices they implemented. In fact, the average number of practices being implemented went up from about 16 green practices on the 2011 award list to nearly 20 green practices in 2012 awards. Considering that only one new practice was added to the green practices list, that's a significant increase in green activity in the local business community. A Green Business Open House was held on September 15 as an added feature to the 2012 awards. Baranof Island Housing Authority gave tours and information on their new LEED-certified office building while Sitka Office Services showed off some of their green equipment and behaviors. Over 100 people attended!

In 2013, 26 Sitka businesses received awards.  And again, many businesses increased their participation level.

Thirty-one Sitka businesses, agencies, and organizations were recognized with Sitka Green Business Awards in 2014 with 18 of them receiving the highest level award.  More are awarded each year.  Since the awards program was started in 2010, SGWG has presented 218 green business awards to 79 Sitka businesses.   

The list of green practices was compiled using actions that local businesses were already successfully implementing. The list grows when businesses bring up new, unique practices.  Recent additions to the list of green practices include: Providing recycling/reuse opportunities for specialty items (like used oil, computers, phones, etc.) and encouraging employees to wear warm clothes so that heat may be left low. We always consider new suggestions.

This program came about because members of SGWG/SS recognized that many Sitka businesses are engaged in green practices . Realizing that these “green” practices benefit the environment, save money, and increase our sustainability, SGWG/SS wanted to recognize and thank those businesses, encourage others to start “greening” their business, and help local businesses take advantage of a green marketing strategy. We hope these awards improve business profit and improve sustainability and resilience in Sitka.

 

Recent News Releases and Photos

One of the ways we hope to encourage our green businesses is through well-deserved recognition.  We strive to share their good work through articles, award logos, and award certificates.

 

 

 

Alaska Longline Fisherman's Association

 

Alaska Computer & Office Supply Center

Allen Marine

Brave Heart Volunteers  

 

Daily Sitka Sentinel

 

Harry Race & Whites Pharmacy   

 

KIFW  

 

Ludvig's Bistro

 

Old Harbor Books                           Pet's Choice

 

     

Raven Radio                                                                    SeaMart

 

 

Petro Marine

 

 

  

SEARHC

 

   
               

Sitka Chamber of Commerce                                                  Sitka Community Hospital

                                                                           

Sitka Conservation Society

 

  

        Sitka Sound Science Center                           Tongass National Forest, Sitka Office

  

Youth Advocates of Sitka 

                                                     

Date: March 3, 2017

29 Local Businesses Win 2017 Sitka Green Business Awards

Today, 29 Sitka businesses, organizations, and agencies were awarded the 2017 “Sitka Green Business Award” for their green business practices by the Sitka Global Warming Group (SGWG).  This year, 16 of those businesses received the highest recognition, the Platinum level award.  Six businesses received a Gold level award, three received Silver, and four businesses received a Bronze level award.  The City of Sitka Electric Department received this year’s Special Recognition award for the expansion of the Blue Lake Hydroelectric Dam. The Sitka Health Summit Coalition received the “ongoing project” Special Recognition for the Sitka Health Summit.  The USDA Forest Service – Sitka Office received this year’s “New Project” Special Recognition for converting the Forest Service warehouse to a LEED Silver Certified office.

 SGWG started this program in the fall of 2009 to recognize, encourage, and thank local businesses, organizations and others that are doing positive things for the environment and Sitka’s economy.   They recognized that many Sitka businesses are engaged in practices such as carpooling, recycling, composting, installing bike racks, re-using items, and energy conservation.  These and other positive, “green” actions benefit the environment, save money, and increase the community’s sustainability and resilience.  The awards recognize leadership in sustainability in the business community. With this years’s winners, 218 awards have been presented since the first awards in 2010.

“We recognize and appreciate these award-winning businesses and their contribution to the sustainability of our community.  The way they do their work supports Sitka in an environmental, financial, and social sense,” said Michelle Putz, coordinator for the awards and SGWG leader.  Putz goes on to say.  “We hope these awards continue to support our businesses and sustainability in Sitka.  We also recognize and thank the employees at these businesses since they are the people who often implement these green actions.” Putz encourages the community to support these businesses, organizations, and others that support Sitka.

 Businesses and others earn awards based on implementing simple and complex green practices.  The more actions a business implements the higher their award level.

SGWG’s current nomination form has 37 “best management” practices that are used to determine the green business awards.  The list is based on the activities many Sitka businesses are already doing to support community and reduce their impact on the environment.  The most recent addition to the list recognizes businesses that are helping others to be more sustainable in the community.  “This year’s addition to our list is for those businesses that provide recycling/reuse opportunities for specialty items (like used oil, computers, phones, etc.).   As examples, Petro Marine helps community members recycle used motor oils and GCI helps community members recycle old cell phone,” says Putz.

 Putz states, “We are happy to see some businesses increasing the number of green practices they do.  For example, White’s and Harry Race Pharmacies are implementing 31 of the 37 green practices.  That is a record for our award program!”

 Businesses that are recognized receive a “2017 Sitka Green Business Award” certificate that can be displayed in the business’s windows or check out counter to identify it as a green business.  Green businesses are also listed on the SGWG website at www.sitkaglobalwarming.org (at Green Businesses from the Contents bar).  “Take a walk around town and you will notice the certificates displayed proudly,” says Putz.  “We hope that our green business website also brings some much-deserved recognition and business to our award winners,” said Putz.   

This year, the Sitka Health Summit Coalition was recognized for their efforts to support the ongoing Sitka Health Summit.  The Summit has spawned many successful health, economic, and environmental initiatives in Sitka for many years.  “Because of the Health Summit, Sitka has more fruits and vegetables being grown and consumed locally, has more people out walking and biking, and more healthy, sustainable economic opportunities, ” says Putz.  “We could not ask for a better partner in community sustainability.”  And with the Forest Service’s newly remodeled office, Sitka now has two LEED Silver Certified buildings in the community.  Putz continues, “The ‘new’ Forest Service office provides an example for future energy-efficient remodel projects.  It uses home-grown electricity for heating and reduces our reliance on fossil fuels.”

Nominations to recognize other Sitka businesses will still be considered for a second round of 2017 awards coming up later in the spring; SGWG said they will take nominations through email for additional awards, either from businesses themselves or from customers.  Instructions to nominate a business, agency, organization or other group can be found on the SGWG website (www.sitkaglobalwarming.org).

 

Date: June 16, 2016

New Developments for the Sitka Green Business Awards

Today, Sitka Global Warming Group (SGWG) announced two new developments for their Sitka Green Business Award program.  First, two Sitka businesses were added to the 2016 “Sitka Green Business Award” list and one business was upgraded for their green business practices.  And second, the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce will begin partnering with SGWG to expand the green business awards program.

Allen Marine and Youth Advocates of Sitka were recently awarded the highest recognition, the Platinum level award.  Ludvig’s Bistro was upgraded from Bronze to a Gold level award for 2016.  This brings the full list to 15 award winners in 2016.  The full list of award winners and their green efforts can be found on SGWG’s website at www.sitkaglobalwarming.org under Green Businesses.

And as SGWG moves into its 8th year of presenting the awards, they are adding an important partner to the program, Sitka’s Chamber of Commerce.  Rachel Roy, Executive Director for the Chamber stated, “We’ll be working together to find ways to partner with SGWG on this program.  We are excited to encourage our members to think green and make small changes that add up to big results for our community.”  

Michelle Putz, coordinator for the awards and SGWG leader is also excited.  “When we started these awards we recognized that “green” and “business” didn’t typically come up in the same sentence together.  Yet we knew that local businesses were doing positive things for the environment and Sitka’s economy.  Past award winners have appreciated being recognized and have used our list of best practices to find further opportunities to save money and resources. We hope that this partnership strengthens the bond between sustainability and good business and provides educational and financial opportunities to more local businesses in Sitka.” 

The awards recognize leadership in sustainability in the local business community.   SGWG started this program in the fall of 2009 to recognize, encourage, and thank local businesses that are doing positive things for the environment and Sitka’s economy.   They recognized that many Sitka businesses were engaged in practices such as carpooling, recycling, composting, installing bike racks, re-using items, and energy conservation.  SGWG believes that these and other positive, “green” actions benefit the environment, save money, and increase the community’s sustainability and resilience. 

SGWG bases awards on the current list of locally tested “green” best practices. Businesses that are recognized receive a “Sitka Green Business Award” certificate that they can display in a business’s window or service counter to identify it as a green business.  Green businesses are also listed on the SGWG website at www.sitkaglobalwarming.org  (at Green Businesses).  “We help businesses increase their web presence by including their link in our website and help them link up with customers who are looking to reduce their environmental footprint” said Putz.  SGWG also provides businesses with the “Sitka Green Business Award” logo to place on their print advertising and websites.  

More information about the award winners and the program are on the www.sitkaglobalwarming.org website.