Press Release

Tuesday, May 12

AWB presents environmental excellence, leadership awards

Five Washington businesses honored for embracing sustainability, environmental stewardship; three Washingtonians honored for service and leadership contributions

SPOKANE — The Association of Washington Business today recognized five employers that are finding creative ways to incorporate environmental sustainability within their businesses with their Environmental Excellence Award. The group also honored retired U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings with its C. David Gordon Award for his many years of service, and two state business and public service leaders for their dedication to making Washington state a great place to live, work and raise a family.

From a world-class laboratory to a bag making and printing company and a top business leader to former member of Congress, this year’s award recipients represent the diversity for which the state is known. The award winners were presented their statue at the annual AWB Spring Meeting luncheon and dinner events in Spokane.

The 23nd annual AWB Environmental Excellence Awards were presented by Jim Bruce, senior vice president for public affairs, energy and environment for UPS. The award winners are:

Sustainable Communities & Green Buildings
Resource Conservation/Pollution Prevention
Resource Conservation/Pollution Prevention
Leading Environmental Practices
Leading Environmental Practices
The leadership and service awards were presented by AWB President Kris Johnson at the evening dinner event. This year’s award recipients are:

C. David Gordon Award
  • Former Congressman Doc Hastings
Judy Coovert Award
  • Catherine Brazil, Cowles Company, Spokane
Bruce Briggs Award
  • Gebbers Farms, Brewster

AWB President Kris Johnson congratulated this year’s award winners for upholding the values of service, sacrifice and stewardship.

"These companies and state leaders we honored today are exceptional, but they are not the exception,” Johnson said. “They represent how businesses across our state and in every sector set environmental goals and then seek new and innovative ways to reach them. And, we’re blessed to have great business and elected leaders in Washington that share our collective goal to leave a legacy of hard work and commitment to grow strong communities."

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 Environmental Excellence Award recipient’s 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 7,900 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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