Press Release

Tuesday, May 13

AWB presents 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards

Eight Washington businesses honored for building a cleaner, greener world

SPOKANE — The Association of Washington Business today honored eight employers who are finding creative, green ways to do business and improve the environment.

This year’s winners include a hospital that is among the most resource-efficient in the nation, a cabinet manufacturer that has created new ways to recycle, reuse and divert materials out of its waste stream, and a newsprint company that is designing a new algae-based water treatment solution.

The state’s largest and oldest business association presented the 22nd annual Environmental Excellence Awards during a luncheon held as part of the organization’s two-day Spring Meeting at The Davenport Hotel in Spokane. Tom Malone, president and CEO of MicroGREEN Polymers, gave the keynote address for the environmental awards program.

Malone said this is an exciting time for his company, which makes a revolutionary drink cup out of recycled plastic, and for every business that’s committed to increasing recycling rates.

“Let’s use plastic again and again and again, repeatedly,” Malone said. “The economics work to recycle and provide profits at every step of the process.”

AWB President Kris Johnson praised the award-winners for leading the way in environmental sustainability and innovation. “The Evergreen State benefits from the bold steps these companies are taking,” Johnson said. “Even more impressive than their accomplishments are the ways they share their experience and expertise. These green businesses are leading the way for other companies in Washington and beyond. We are proud to have them as members of AWB.”

The winners of the 2014 AWB Environmental Excellence Awards are:

Environmental Rising Star
Sustainable Communities Leading Environmental Practices Green Enterprise & Technology
Environmental Innovator Resource Conservation/Pollution Prevention Sustainable Communities 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.

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 soon on AWB’s website. 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 8,100 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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