More than a dozen organizations in King County received Green Globe Awards this month for their environmental protection efforts.
The awards represent the county’s highest environmental honors, and they are presented every two years to coincide with Earth Day, which occurred this year on Saturday, April 22.
“The Green Globe recipients reflect our region’s steadfast commitment to protecting the natural environment that is central to our quality of life,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “We are the proud home to innovative businesses, nonprofits, cities, and tribal nations that are helping us create a more sustainable future.”
The Lummi Nation received the Environmental Catalyst Award, the top honor, for its leadership role in opposing the construction of the Cherry Point coal export terminal near Birch Bay.
Four awards were given to organizations with Eastside connections.
Bellevue-based Puget Sound Energy received the Leader in Renewable Energy Innovation Award for its efforts in creating clean power solutions aimed to help their customers and the environment. Puget Sound Energy is a nationally recognized leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and is America’s second-largest utility owner of wind energy — with enough capacity to meet the needs of nearly 200,000 homes.
The Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance in Carnation received the Leader in Supporting Rural Sustainability Award for the partnerships it has made between farmers, residents, and county and state officials in order to protect the valley and address issues of flooding, development, and water rights.
OneBothell, Forterra, and the City of Bothell shared the Leader in Land Preservation Award for their work to acquire and preserve the 89-acre Wayne Golf Course, which contains nearly a mile of shoreline along the Sammamish River and is projected to be the site of large-scale habitat restoration efforts.
REI, which is scheduled to move its headquarters from Kent to Bellevue in 2020, received the Corporate Leader in Community Stewardship Award for its role as one of King County Parks’ top corporate sponsors. In addition, REI promotes participation in King County’s parks and trails system to their customers, and uses King Count Parks’ lands for outdoor classes, workshops, volunteer stewardship projects, and employee trainings.
The complete list of 2017 Green Globe Award recipients includes:
- Environmental Catalyst Award: Lummi Nation
- Leader in Climate Justice: Puget Sound Sage
- Leader in Open Space Conservation: Doug McClelland
- Leader in Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices: King County Housing Authority
- Leader in Sustainable Building: Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
- Leader in Product Stewardship: LightRecycle Washington
- Leader in Air Quality Solutions: Just Health Action
- Leader in Community Stewardship: Cascade Middle School Drug and Alcohol Prevention Team
- Leader in Supporting Waste to Resources: Northwest Biosolids
- Leader in Renewable Energy Innovation: Puget Sound Energy
- Leader in Supporting Rural Sustainability: Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance
- Leader in Land Preservation: OneBothell, Forterra and the City of Bothell
- Corporate Leader in Community Stewardship: REI