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Portland's Office of Sustainable Development awarded ten local businesses with BEST (Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow) Awards today at the Oregon Convention Center. Winners showcased successful ways to conserve energy and water, reduce & recycle waste, promote transportation alternatives, create new environmentally-friendly products and, new for 2004, develop sustainable food systems.
"These organizations demonstrate not only incredible energy and resource savings, but they illustrate how sustainable business practices can have a positive impact on a company's bottom line," said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. "We're seeing real success and growth in Portland's sustainable industry -- an industry that the City actively supports," he noted.
The 2004 BEST Award winners are:
Quantec, LLC - BEST Transportation
Gerding Edlen Development Co. (The Henry Condominiums) - BEST Energy
Rodda Paint (Horizon paint) - BEST Sustainable Product
Stormwater Management, Inc. (DownSpout StormFilter(TM)) - BEST Sustainable Product
Bullseye Glass Company - BEST Water
MetroPaint - BEST Waste Reduction/Pollution Prevention
Port of Portland - BEST Waste Reduction/Pollution Prevention
Burgerville - BEST Sustainable Food System
Big City Produce - BEST Sustainable Food System
Hot Lips Pizza - BEST Small Business Innovation
BEST event keynote speaker Richard Heinberg, author of 'The Party's Over - Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies,' took an opportunity to remind business leaders that the only solution to the depletion of oil and natural gas is to invest in the use of renewable energy and focus more attention on efficiency.
The 2004 BEST Awards Breakfast highlighted sustainable business practices in principle and in practice, by including a variety of 'green' event features, including:
-- Alternative transportation incentives (free Tri-Met passes) and carbon offset opportunities for guests through the Climate Trust
-- Breakfast made from locally grown and sustainably produced food
-- Event held at the Oregon Convention Center, a 2003 BEST Award winner
-- Food waste minimized: water poured only on request; excess food donated
Nearly forty Portland metro area companies applied for BEST recognition this year, businesses large and small, representing a cross-section of local industries ranging from technology, retail and sporting goods to food service. Winning companies were presented with a clock made from recycled bicycle parts, manufactured in Portland by Resource Revival, Inc., and Friends of Trees will plant a commemorative native tree in honor of each BEST award winner.
The BEST Awards are distributed annually by Portland's Office of Sustainable Development.
OSD provides leadership and contributes practical solutions for the health and livability of Portland.
On a practical level, OSD
Reduces the city's waste stream through internationally-recognized recycling programs
Encourages the use of renewable resources
Supports businesses looking to increase efficiency and productivity through green design and construction
For more information about current and past winners, and to apply for next year's awards, go to www.sustainableportland.org.
About BEST Award Partners
The Energy Trust of Oregon is a pioneering, public-purpose organization dedicated to sustainable energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. The organization works for Oregonians to save energy, increase the comfort and efficiency of their homes and businesses, and move toward energy self-reliance.
City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services protects public health, water quality and the environment through pollution prevention services, engineering solutions for combined sewer overflows, watershed planning and restoration, wastewater collection and treatment, sewer installation and repair, and stormwater management.
BetterBricks is a network of information and resources designed specifically to meet the real-world needs of Northwest building professionals. BetterBricks helps the commercial building sector realize the potential of energy-efficient design and green building practices, thereby creating better buildings and more profitable businesses. All BetterBricks services are funded by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. Find out how to take advantage of BetterBricks services by logging on to the website at www.betterbricks.com or by calling the BetterBricks Hotline at 1-888-216-5357.
The City of Portland Bureau of Water Works operates the water supply system that delivers high-quality drinking water to more than 787,000 people in the Portland metropolitan area. In addition to protection of public health, the Water Bureau works to incorporate sustainable practices and develops conservation programs for City of Portland residential and commercial customers.