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Clean Marina Washington announces winners of the Clean Marina of the Year competition!

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Foss Marina, photographed by Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

The Clean Marina program is proud to announce the winners of the first ever Clean Marina of the Year competition! Shilshole Bay Marina has won in the Public Ports Category and Foss Harbor Marina in the Private Marina Category. Both facilities are recognized for their exemplary leadership in pollution prevention and environmental protection.

Foss Harbor Marina switched to paperless billing and correspondence.  It also eliminated plastic and Styrofoam cups and transitioned to high-efficiency bulbs and fixtures to reduce energy consumption. Foss is very active in the local community working with organizations such as Citizens for a Healthy Bay and Tacoma Waterfront Association. Marina staff recently leveraged Clean Vessel Act (CVA) funds from WA State Parks to purchase and operate a sewage pumpout boat.  This provides free and convenient slip-side sewage disposal for tenants.

Shilshole Bay Marina is recognized for their work promoting Required Management Practices among their 1400 tenants, hosting an oil spill response trailer and developing a prioritized Environmental Management System to take a comprehensive look at potential environmental hazards. Tracy McKendry, Sr. Manager of Recreational Boating accepted the award on behalf of Shilshole saying, “We are extremely proud of our marina team and community.  It takes creativity, persistence and cooperation to continually work towards improving our environmental practices.  We are lucky to have such great partners in our environmental endeavors and would like to thank them for their continuing support.”

With over 70 Certified Clean Marinas in Washington State, this network of dedicated business owners and marine professionals are at the forefront of the exciting and innovative work being done to teach a new generation of boaters about how to care for and steward the marine environment for the future.

EnviroStars: how green is your business?

People want to know, are you officially certified?

Envirostars: Look for this logo!

Envirostars: certification you can trust

Businesses in the Pacific Northwest are in the right place to catch the attention and loyal patronage of customers in our region.

People want to support environmentally-responsible businesses. Residents, employees, and business owners place a high value on natural resources and healthy, active lifestyles as part of our quality of life in Washington State. Eighty percent of the residents surveyed across five Puget Sound area counties said that they prefer to support environmentally-minded businesses, like EnviroStars.

With all the talk of “green-washing” though, potential customers have learned to be skeptical. EnviroStars certification provides an objective third-party assessment of businesses and is a certification people can trust. The EnviroStars brand has been building credibility and transparency into its certification since 1995.

Certified businesses are recognized with a 2- to 5-Star rating, and can use the EnviroStars logo to show they’ve had our third party assessment. This provides an easy way for the public to identify and support local businesses doing their part for the environment.

The EnviroStars window decal, logo, and certificate help you communicate your commitment to being environmentally responsible. The more proactive your efforts to reduce hazardous materials and waste and to incorporate best practices, the more benefits you can receive:

• Website listings and links
• Highlights in radio advertisements
• Profiles in local newspapers
• Achievement award nominations
• Promotion at community and trade events

There are more than 800 EnviroStars certified businesses in cities throughout the region – from Seattle to Spokane. Certification is provided by Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Skagit, Spokane and Whatcom counties.

See our website at http://www.envirostars.org for more information.

Department awards show the variety of projects

Projects working on behalf of businesses, residents and the environment in King County

It is nice to take a look at how our work adds up.

On behalf of the project staff, here is the acceptance speech:

Folks working in government believe they are working to leave a legacy. It’s not about the annual bonuses, stock options or the sheer glamour of public service, but about making a difference. Public service is a responsibility and we answer to our neighbors, businesses, and all the small fry. The staff I work with try to meet challenges to get things fixed, to work together, and keep people involved in the grand system we call government. I have heard from residents or businesses they may not like certain regulations or requirements – at all – but they have had positive things to say about the staff they have worked with. And that’s our purpose: to work together for health and the environment.

These awards recognize some of the work those staff are doing in the Department of Natural Resources and Parks. Congratulations to:

  • Business Field Services Team: Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, Pollution Prevention Award
  • EnviroStars: Outstanding service to our industry
  • Interagency Resource for Achieving Cooperation: two awards for Outstanding Product – Auto Body Rule Tool
  • Take Back Your Meds Coalition: Health Champions Award
  • King County Battery Recycling Program (our partners at Solid Waste):  Achievement Award – Gold, Special Edition Category

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2012 Dept of Natural Resources and Parks Director quote

2012 Dept of Natural Resources and Parks Director quote