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Seattle Tilth Receives Governor's Award

Seattle Tilth has been awarded for it's long track record of pollution prevention and sustainable practices.

OLYMPIA - Washington State Ecology Director Jay Manning awarded five Washington businesses and a not-for-profit organization Washington's top award for protecting the environment by changing practices and promoting sustainability.

Winners of the 15th annual Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices reduced or even eliminated their use of toxic materials, applied key principles of sustainability, and conserved resources that otherwise would have been consumed.

"These organizations are not only achieving outstanding bottom-line results through their pollution prevention efforts, but they are helping to move Washington forward in a competitive global economy," said Manning.

Manning said, "To compete successfully, Washington needs clean water, air, and soil; and healthy people, communities and workplaces. When the President of China visited our state in the spring of 2006, he specifically noted the natural beauty and amenities of our state. He was genuinely impressed that we have achieved the economic prosperity that we have and yet maintained a very high-quality environment. Indeed, one of our most important competitive advantages in the global economy is that we are recognized as the clean, green corner of the United States. Business practices that this year's award winners are using are helping to secure our place in the world economy."

The 2006 winners are:

Seattle Tilth Association, Seattle, for its 28-year history of promoting organic gardening and urban sustainability, teaching 15,000 people each year through 300 diverse programs.

Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat, Leavenworth, the Continuing Excellence award, for promoting sustainable practices in the hospitality industry, conserving water, energy and materials, and protecting the biodiversity of its location.

Dentistry Northwest, Port Hadlock, for eliminating its use of mercury and other toxics, protecting water quality, and conserving water.

Frito-Lay, Inc., Vancouver, for reducing its use of toxics, conserving 50 million gallons of water each year, promoting sustainable practices throughout its workforce, and supporting environmental protection in their community.

Korry Electronics, Seattle, for reducing its use of toxics, eliminating the use of brominated flame retardants, conserving water and energy, and promoting resource conservation in its sister companies.

Panasonic Shikoku Electronics Corporation of America - Consumer Electronics, Vancouver, for eliminating the use of brominated flame retardants and heavy metals, aggressively recycling over 90 percent of its waste, and conserving energy and water.

A panel of judges from state and federal government, higher education, labor, environmental groups, and past winners selected the winners. They join 93 past winners that changed their operations, found alternative materials, and committed to sustainable practices. It's a movement that the state Department of Ecology wants to foster.

Darin Rice, manager of the Department of Ecology's hazardous substance program, said, "This year's winners of the Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices are living proof that green practices make good business sense. In Washington today, we have the technical assistance and engineering know-how to help businesses reduce their toxic threats."

Rice added, "Some of the materials they addressed, like mercury and the problem flame retardants, can linger in the environment and cause human health problems years later."

Businesses that want to know more about this assistance can go to Ecology's Toxics Web site. They can also call their local Ecology office, or the headquarters at (360) 407-6700.

Find out more about the award.

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