As you know, our Heart of Seattle Awards are underway and now that the top finalists of each category have been chosen, it's time for them to tell YOU why they should get this prestigious recognition. All of the groups have some pretty solid cases, so we've selected some of the best quotes from each finalist and they will be viewable and accessible on blog posts for the next two months. After reading the quotes, vote for the business that you think should be chosen for the Heart of Seattle award in each category. Here are the finalists in the sustainable services group:
Green Cleaning Seattle - Otium-Maid Services™
"Green Cleaning Seattle's core principles center around the questions of how to be more green than just the cleaning products they use and what sustainability means in both the environmental and social sense. Some of their goals are: to reduce toxins and chemicals in the home; to have their office be a demonstration site as green-retrofitted building inspired by urban permaculture principles; and to be a company that inspires staff and employees to bring green living practices - and health - into their own lives. At their offices, they are happy to boast about their raingarden, laundry-to-landscape system, bees and chickens, solar panels, hybrid vehicles, and newly added electric-assist cargo bikes."
"Utilizing the bicycle as their tool, [Bike Works] plant[s] seeds of ‘green-living’ in our educational classes, camps and riding activities; provide the means for anyone to engage in hands-on environmental action during our community service bicycle repair and refurbishment programs; and train at-risk teens in job skills with access to stepping-stone employment that speaks to these youths’ passions while promoting carbon-free transportation. In addition to internal programs they partner widely with schools, community centers, libraries, health clinics and other nonprofits, participating in over 60 partnership programs last year. After two decades, they have served more than 5,000 youth."
In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes
"The founding goal of In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes was to change the way people think about pesticides, making the effort to be as organic as possible reduce their use of pesticides. They donate to the Northwest Harvest food drive every year for the past 10 years with employees and customers, collecting over 1800 pounds of food this year alone. They have volunteered for Earth Day ivy pulls in parks and at the Seattle Youth Garden Works annual auction."
Clean Air Lawn Care
"CleanAir Lawn Care is an eco-friendly lawn care and landscape maintenance company with a mission to improve air quality, use less fossil fuels, and reduce noise pollution in our neighborhoods. They do not use gas powered equipment and have solar panels on their trucks to recharge equipment throughout the day. They also offer an organic fertilization program for both the turf and landscape plants, reducing the amount of traditional chemicals used customers' lawns."
"PlantAmnesty offers training, literature, referrals, and bit of humor aimed at "ending the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs." The entire mission of PlantAmnesty is to preserve the urban forestry of Seattle. In an urban area with greenspace constantly under threat, each property owner/manager has a responsibility to care for the plants on their land properly. Recent projects and goals emphasize strategic partnerships, outreach to non-English speaking communities, and youth education. In 2015/2016, founder Cass Turnbull led a successful campaign to save a crucial wetland property that feeds into the Duwamish known as Myers Parcels from industrial development.
Now that you've heard why each business believes they deserve their category's award, you are given the daunting task of voting for which of these 5 fantastic businesses should win.