Thousands of Seattleites Voted to Select the Winners
of the 2nd Annual Heart of Seattle Awards for Sustainable Business
And the winners are...
April 18, 2018. (Seattle, WA) The Seattle sustainable business community gathered on April 11th at Seattle Center to honor a select group of local businesses who are leading their sector in sustainable business products and practice. Over 870 Seattle businesses were nominated and 30 finalists were chosen based a rigorous application that used sourcing criteria developed by Chinook Book and the highly regarded B Corp Quick Impact Assessment, with help from a select panel of sustainable business experts.
“Sustainability is about so much more than just making environmentally friendly purchasing decisions,” explains Mariah DeLeo, Seattle Market Director for Chinook Book, “It comes from a place of deliberate commitment to the health and well-being of the people in our community and the places where we live. This year's Heart of Seattle Award winners demonstrate that they can achieve business success while leading with their values.”
A public vote sparked fierce competition, and over 2,000 votes were tallied to yield the final winners for each category. Photos from the event can be found here. We've also included interviews with all of the winners so that you can learn a little more about what their businesses are all about!
AND THE WINNERS ARE….
Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe
The Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe makes all business decisions with the goal of having people, the planet and profitability in balance. They demonstrate this in the way they welcome and take care of customers and employees, donate to local and national causes that share their values, source their ingredients, and prepare every dish.
21 Acres Center for Local Food
The 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living is an agricultural and environmental learning center, teaching sustainable agricultural design and technologies and beneficial aspects of fresh local produce and farm products. They also support a farm fresh market and commercial kitchen accessible to the community.
PCC Community Markets
PCC is the nation’s largest community-owned food market, providing honest and transparent products offered in green stores, pioneering work in organics, farmland preservation, and food systems that laid the groundwork for the organic movement today. In 2016, they donated over $1 million in in-kind and financial support to community programs.
Swansons Nursery is a garden center selling plants, tools, pottery, gift, and home decor and offer an on-site cafe, seminars, workshops, kids' activities, and charitable events. They help their neighbors love growing as much as they do, aspire to nurture adventurous gardeners and guarantee each plant they sell.
As the first bean-to-bar maker of organic, Fair Trade chocolate in North America, Theo Chocolate is dedicated to the health and well-being of its farmer partners, employees and our planet through beyond fair trade pricing and training in regenerative agriculture for partner farmers and supporting nonprofits both locally and globally.
Utilizing the bicycle as their tool, Bike Works plants seeds of green living through educational classes, camps, riding activities, and community service bicycle repair and refurbishment programs; and trains at-risk teens in job skills with access to employment that speaks to youths’ passions while promoting carbon-free transportation.
Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in this year's awards. A big thanks to The Stranger, Sleeping Lady Resort, Envirostars, PCC Farmland Trust, Long Live the Kings, Sparkfly, and Built Green for making this event possible!