EnviroStars team to win a Grand Award

Natalie Kozimor and Charlotte Yamamoto enjoy the green and healthy gardens at Swedish Hospital

Natalie Kozimor and Charlotte Yamamoto enjoy the green and healthy gardens at Swedish Hospital

Local businesses recognized for environmental efforts

The EnviroStars-certified Swedish Issaquah hospital and 5-Star Signature Landscape Services have been recognized by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals with a Grand Award for their green approach.

This environmental award is for the conservation and sustainable practices the staff used to maintain campus landscapes. They include using drought-tolerant plants, horticultural practices and mulch to conserve water, and eliminate the use of pesticides.

The Issaquah, First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard Swedish hospitals are all EnviroStar certified for their green landscape practices. In addition to the award-winning organic gardening efforts, EnviroStars work to prevent the use of hazardous materials in all their operations.

“Swedish/Issaquah has really embraced a new way of managing their landscapes to create healthier outdoor spaces for their staff and patients,” said Laurel Tomchick, EnviroStars coordinator, “and Signature Landscape Services is showing how these practices can work on a commercial scale with their clients, including Swedish.”

For more information

Interested in your business becoming an EnviroStar? Join the over 850 local businesses like Swedish and Signature Landscapes and get recognition and support at envirostars.org.

For more information about hazardous waste help for businesses, call the Business Waste Line, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available afterhours, and at www.HazWasteHelp.org.

EnviroStars is one of the services provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program through a partnership of more than 40 city, county and tribal governments working together in King County to reduce threats posed from hazardous materials and wastes.