Press Release

Tuesday, May 7

AWB 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards

From Bainbridge Island to Pasco, seven businesses shine using innovative practices

SPOKANE—The Association of Washington Business today honored seven employers who have demonstrated a strong and ongoing commitment to doing business with progressive and environmentally sensitive practices.

The state’s largest and oldest business association presented its 21st annual environmental awards during a luncheon held as part of the organization’s two-day Spring Meeting at The Davenport Hotel in Spokane. This year’s Environmental Excellence Awards are sponsored by Phillips Wesch Burgess, an Olympia legal firm specializing in business, real estate, land use, environmental, construction, and related insurance coverage law. Jim Hanna, director for environmental impact at Starbucks, served as keynote speaker for the environmental awards program.

“I think the business community is going to solve the problem of sustainability,” said Hanna, who shared insight into the global coffee company’s sustainability initiatives. "You really need to find your own drivers for sustainability. It’s really important to have this conversation internally," he said, on such topics as efficiency, customer loyalty, brand love and interactions with policy makers,” he said.

"Sustainability will help you move to that path. I promise you and I guarantee it."

The recipients of the 2013 AWB Environmental Excellence Awards have demonstrated a keen sense of environmental stewardship in their everyday practices, from building out of recycled materials to turning industrial byproducts into clean-burning biofuel. This year’s crop of winners have  increased energy efficiency, reduced waste, and found ways to build the structures of tomorrow using today’s cutting-edge methods.

“These award winners are meeting the needs of their customers and taking care of their communities while showing that environmental sustainability is a smart way to do business,” said AWB President Don Brunell. “Employers like these are making the world a better place and strengthening the economy at the same time. They are also an excellent example of the fact that Washington is such a great place to live and do business.”

The winners of the 2013 AWB Environmental Excellence Awards are:

•    Saint Martin’s University, Lacey

•    Liberty Bottleworks, Union Gap
•    Earth Friendly Products, Lacey

•    Claar Wine Group, Pasco

•    J.R. Simplot Company, Moses Lake

•    Davis Studio Architecture & Design, LLC (Small Business), Bainbridge Island
•    Watson Furniture (Large Business), Poulsbo

Complete information on the award winners is listed in this year’s awards program. High-resolution photos of the event and award winners will be available online via AWB’s flickr stream. Videos featuring each award-winning company will also be available online.

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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