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The 20th (and Last) BEST Awards

This year marked the 20th and final Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Awards. BPS is excited to announce a new partnership with Sustainable Business Oregon’s (SBO) annual innovation awards. This will couple the City’s expertise with a well-known sustainable business news source to increase visibility for the business leaders in our community.

The SBO annual business awards will take the place of the BEST Awards, highlighting innovation among local sustainable businesses. The City will continue to recognize businesses who demonstrate sustainable best practices in energy, waste, water, and transportation through Sustainability at Work Certification.

For our 20th annual event, the City honored seven outstanding businesses at a ceremony hosted by Mayor Sam Adams the evening of April 25, 2012 at The Nines Hotel in Portland:


BEST Practices for Sustainability (Four winners in Large, Medium, Small and Very Small Companies)

Purdy, the Portland paintbrush and roller manufacturer, is dedicated to being a zero-waste-to-landfill facility under the enthusiastic leadership of their “Green Machine” team and offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) training for their employees. Watch the video:

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance sited their new office close to the bus mall and offers transit benefits to encourage alternative transportation. Employees also use a carbon tracking platform for travel, commuting and various office practices to help measure and reduce their carbon footprint. Watch the video:

Capital Pacific Bank provides financial services to underserved local businesses and nonprofits, and boasts an impassioned green team that got the entire company excited about sustainability, both in their own operations, and in the businesses they choose to work with. Watch the video:

FMYI [for my innovation] has a triple-bottom-line business model, helps their clients become more sustainable, and goes above and beyond to support employees and the community. FMYI minimizes travel emissions by offering 100 percent subsidized Trimet passes and Zipcar memberships, and by meeting with clients in a virtual space -- which has reduced corporate travel by over 40 percent. Watch the video:

Sustainable Food Systems

NatureBake (Oregon Grains bread) partners with local farmers and food producers to create bread made almost entirely from ingredients sourced within 100 miles. Almost no waste is generated in production, with dedicated staff to facilitate food donation and a contract with an animal feed company to divert food scraps from the landfill.
Watch the video:

Sustainable Products or Services (Two winners)

GO Box solves the problem of disposable food cart and take-out containers by providing bike-delivered reusable containers for food cart vendors and customers. Watch the video:
Sustainable Northwest Wood partners with local growers and mills, providing the building community with a steady supply of local, sustainable wood. Watch the video:
For more information about the awards program and the winners: