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BPS News: City of Portland recognizes seven sustainable local businesses at the 19th annual BEST Awards


JoEllen Carothers

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


April 19, 2011


City of Portland recognizes seven local businesses at the 19th annual BEST Awards

Award recipients are leaders of Portland's green economy and model sustainable business practices

Portland, Ore. -- Portland's top awards for business sustainability were revealed today at the 19th annual Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Awards Breakfast presented by the BEST Business Center and City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. The BEST Awards recognizes businesses demonstrating a commitment to excellence in sustainable business practices.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams presented the awards at the breakfast held on Tuesday, April 19 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers. The keynote address was delivered by Nicky Gavron, member of the London Assembly and former Deputy Mayor of London, who spoke about the importance of political and business leadership working hand in hand in London’s campaign against climate change.

“With so many local businesses committed to integrating sustainability in their products, services and operations, today’s winners have distinguished themselves as true leaders in green innovation,” said Mayor Adams. “The City of Portland is proud to cultivate an environment where businesses that embrace social and environmental sustainability thrive and prosper.”

The winners of the 19th annual BEST Awards are listed by category, below:

BEST Practices for Sustainability – Large

Rose Quarter/Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers and the Rose Quarter have demonstrated great leadership in their field, beginning with extensive assessments of their carbon footprint, and following with impressive reductions in energy, waste, water and transportation, as well as sustainable purchasing and promotion of these efforts to local fans and national peers.

BEST Practices for Sustainability – Medium

Coffee Bean International

Coffee Bean International has made tremendous strides in developing innovative ways to reduce coffee's collective carbon footprint, improve the social equity of millions of coffee growers, increase the attention paid to sustainable coffee-growing methods, and deliver a massive reduction in landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

BEST Practices for Sustainability – Small

DeSantis Landscapes

For two generations, DeSantis Landscapes has been going above and beyond landscape industry standards to reduce water and fuel use, improve soil quality, support employees, and educate clients and peers about sustainability.

BEST Practices for Sustainability - Very Small

Barbur Storage

Barbur Storage stands out among their industry peers for their achievements in minimizing their impact on the environment through waste reduction, sustainable purchasing, energy efficiency upgrades and customer education.

Green Building

Port of Portland Headquarters

The Port of Portland's recently completed headquarters building is a three-story, 200,000 square-foot office space designed to reduce energy use, conserve water, use sustainable building materials, and model innovative green building features such as the Living Machine onsite wastewater treatment system.

Sustainable Food Systems

Doubletree Hotel Portland

The Doubletree Hotel Portland has made great efforts to make their food service more sustainable – including seasonal menus, buying directly from local food producers, increasing the amount of locally produced food, and dramatically reducing landfill-bound food waste through donations and composting.

Sustainable Products or Services

B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery

B-Line uses heavy-duty, electric-assist trike trucks to deliver up to 800 pounds of goods per trip within the downtown core, eliminating fuel and exhaust-heavy delivery vehicles, back-hauling donated food products to non-profit partners, and developing local manufacturing for their innovative trike trucks.

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About the BEST Awards

Since 1993, the BEST Awards have been presented annually to Portland area companies demonstrating excellence in business practices that promote social equity, economic growth and environmental benefits.

The mission of the BEST Awards is to inspire the business community by showcasing innovation and commitment to social, environmental and economic sustainability.

The 2011 BEST Awards are presented by the BEST Business Center, a program of the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and sponsored by Energy Trust of Oregon, Bureau of Environmental Services, Water Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Development Commission, Metro and Chinook Book.

About the BEST Business Center

The BEST Business Center provides free tools and advice to help businesses in Portland, Oregon become more profitable and sustainable. It is a partnership of city and regional government programs and energy utilities, including the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City of Portland Water Bureau, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Metro, Pacific Power, Portland Development Commission and Portland General Electric.