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Environment

Grounds for Change, a specialty coffee roaster based in Poulsbo, earned a score in the top 10 percent of all Certified B Corporations internationally, signifying leadership in a community of businesses creating the most overall positive social and environmental impact.

B Corp certification is recognized as the highest standard of social and environmental excellence in business by the Sierra Club. The B Corp community has been seen phenomenal growth over the past five years. Over 700 companies across 24 countries have joined the movement, including sustainability leaders such as Patagonia, King Arthur Flour, Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Sambazon and Evergreen Lodge. read more »

 
Banking And Finance

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day has grown into an international movement whose goal is to raise awareness of the need to take action to sustain a healthy, sustainable environment. You can do your part through recycling and other measures, but you can also apply some of the lessons of Earth Day to your financial situation — and, in particular, to your approach to investing.

Give these ideas some thought:

Make the most of your existing resources. One of the most valuable lessons of Earth Day deals with the need to be responsible managers of the natural resources we have available. As an investor, it’s important to maximize the benefits of the resources to which you have access. For example, are you contributing as much as you can afford to your 401(k)? At the very least, you should put in enough to earn your employer’s match, if one is offered. read more »

 

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Department are joining together to remove toxic creosote-treated debris from county park beaches the week of April 29 through May 3.

A crew of six Puget SoundCorps members and two DNR staff will be doing the work, which will involve identifying the debris to be removed and hauling the debris to a dumpster. In addition to old pilings, the crew will also remove old docks and other marine debris that has washed onto county park shores and adjacent beaches.

Work is scheduled to begin April 29 at the Old Mill Park in Silverdale. The crew will move to Point No Point Park on May 1, and finish up May 2-3 at Norwegian Point and Salsbury Point parks. read more »

 

Earlier this week, the NRF Retail’s Big Blog highlighted a few retailers who are working to find greener and more sustainable ways to run their businesses. And for retailers looking to reduce their total carbon footprint, the supply chain — a big piece of the carbon footprint pie — can’t be ignored. As Forbes recently illustrated in an article highlighting Nike, Walmart and Ikea, supply chain choices from transportation modes to packaging to carriers go a long way in reducing carbon emissions, and, not coincidentally, benefiting the bottom line.

But how do you go about calculating carbon emissions when logistics partners and multiple carriers are involved? That’s where the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program comes in. read more »

 
Environment

The annual Earth Day Awards presentation was held April 22 at the Board of County Commissioners regular televised meeting at the Kitsap County Administration Building in Port Orchard.

The 2013 Earth Day Awards are presented to individual citizens, organizations, schools and businesses for their innovative environmental programs or projects. The categories include environmental education, the Waste Wise @ Work Business of the Year, hazardous waste management, and the Waste Wi$e Kitsap and Energy Wi$e Kitsap Awards. These outstanding achievers make a difference with their choices and lead the way as they make others aware of environmental issues. read more »

 

PR Newswire

SEATTLE — Consumer research recently conducted by Green Builder Media reveals that consumers believe they are educated on the value of energy-efficient home attributes and desire to live a green life. It also reveals that the company’s VISION House® projects at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., and in Tucson, Ariz., offer essential, forward-thinking ideas and educational information about how people can live a more sustainable lifestyle.

The Consumer Green Preferences Survey was conducted in March with a sample size of 582 adults. It aimed to understand the sustainable lifestyle preferences, attitudes, behaviors, and purchasing patterns of active, healthy adults aged 35-55. Respondents were spread equally throughout the country. read more »

 

SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the Green Power Partnership Top 50 organizations using electricity from clean, renewable sources such as solar and wind energy. Several businesses and colleges in the Pacific Northwest are among the best in the nation in increasing renewable energy use.

Microsoft Corp. moved into second place in the Top 50 nationwide by increasing its green power use to nearly 2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. Starbucks Co.-owned stores moved up to eighth place by increasing their green power use to nearly 1 billion kWh annually.

Nine Northwest colleges in the College & University Green Power Challenge are among the nation’s highest in green power use: University of Washington, Oregon State University, Western Washington University, Gonzaga University, Evergreen State College, Southern Oregon University, Lewis & Clark College, Pacific Lutheran University, and Whitman College. read more »

 

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap Bank is kicking off a Go Green campaign throughout the organization beginning on Earth Day, April 22. There will be education and tips for employees and customers about ways to “go green” through reuse, recycling and reduction.

A particular emphasis is being placed on paper reduction. Customers are encouraged go paperless with online banking and bill payment services, as well as e-statements; an easy and impactful way to reduce one’s carbon footprint and help the environment. It’s also a simpler way for consumers to manage their finances.

Kitsap Bank also is launching a Paper Reduction Contest beginning on Earth Day. All bank employees are being challenged to decrease their paper usage. read more »

 

Olympic Outdoor CenterPOULSBO — The Olympic Outdoor Center and the Poulsbo Marine Science Center will partner on Earth Day weekend for the Earth Day Wildlife Kayak Tour. The tour was created to celebrate Earth Day, raise money for the center and get people out on the water in kayaks to usher in the paddling season.

The trip will start with a hands-on tour of the Marine Science Center. The center’s director, Patrick Mus, will lead the tour and participants will be able to touch sea cucumbers, starfish and other creatures. There is also an octopus and other Puget Sound creatures in tanks throughout the center. Mus has worked with marine life for 17 years and has a degree in environmental life sciences. read more »

 
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