LACEY - A car wash business, a resort destination and a public transit service were among 31 South Sound businesses and organizations that were recognized for environmentally friendly business practices as part of the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce's green business designations.
The awards presentation is in its fourth year and was held Wednesday at the Worthington Center at Saint Martin’s University. The businesses were evaluated for recycling, energy efficiency, green building efforts, and buying and selling green products, said David Schaffert, president and chief executive of the chamber.
Among the 31 winners were Curves of West Olympia, Furniture Works, Olympia Federal Savings, Intercity Transit, Nisqually Red Wind Casino, Go Green Car Wash and Earth Friendly Products, a manufacturer of green cleaning products that also recently received a business award from the Thurston County Economic Development Council.
Three businesses were singled out as top honorees in small, medium and large business categories. Those winners were Coffee News of Olympia, Global Green Energy Corp. of Olympia and Great Wolf Lodge of Grand Mound.
Go Green Car Wash, which is in west Olympia on Black Lake Boulevard, has perfected its green approach to the point that it uses about 12 gallons of water per car wash, down from about 60 gallons for a typical car wash, co-owner Siobhain O’Connell said.
The business has six employees and has been open for about a year. Ninety-percent of its water is reclaimed, and it also collects rainwater and uses that first before it uses city water. It also uses an environmentally friendly filtration system, energy efficient lighting and equipment, and has plans to one day go solar, O’Connell said.
“We were recognized for what we’re doing and that’s huge,” she said after winning the award.
Medium-size business winner Global Green Energy Corp. designs and installs energy efficient products for solar electricity, solar hot water and energy efficient lighting projects, said Christine Buckley, an operations manager for the business. The company designed the community solar project at the Olympia Farmers Market and is consulting on its installation, she said. The business was launched in summer 2010 and has grown to seven employees, Buckley said.
Last year’s top honorees were the Olympia law firm of Jensen Kokis Erwin, Occasions Catering & Special Events of Olympia, and The Evergreen State College.
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