The Clark County Green Awards is an annual celebration of our community's best environmental champions. Awards are given to recognize outstanding sustainability work being done by individuals, organizations, teachers, school green teams, and businesses in the following categories:
- Green Apple Award - for an individual involved in school (public or private) sustainability initiatives, projects and programs
- Green Team Award - for the amazing student who participate in their school's green team and work on environmental projects
- Green Business of the Year - small business, large business, and nonprofit or government agency
Green Apple Award
This award is presented to an individual that works in schools and inspires students to learn about the environment and to practice sustainability at school and at home.
Alex Yost, shifted the school culture and improved waste management as well as developing other sustainability initiatives at Washougal High School as the Advanced Culinary Teacher.
Green Team of the Year
The Clark County Green Team of the Year Award celebrates the amazing students who participate in their school's green team and work on environmental projects to create a healthy and sustainable culture around campus
The 2022 Clark County Green Team of the Year Award winner is the Hockinson Heights Elementary School Green Team. This school has set an excellent example of how a Green Team can have lots of fun AND succeed at teaching students about sustainability!.
Green Business Award (small business)
Green Business awards are presented to one small (25 employees or less), one large (26 employees or more), and one non-profit or government Green Business in Clark County that demonstrate innovative sustainability in all of their business practices.
Wallis Engineering has focused on waste reduction by expanding their recycling program to include items typically not accepted in curbside recycling bins by utilizing TerraCycle and Ridwell recycling programs. Another focus has been reducing food waste by participating in a curbside collection composting program.
Green Business Award (large business)
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center has worked to greatly reduce waste within their organization. Over the last year PeaceHealth has worked to successfully recycle surgical wraps, already diverting over 3 tons of material from the landfill. The food waste collection program in the cafeteria has diverted over 13 tons of food waste from the landfill. In 2022 PeaceHealth launched a program to enclose all cafeteria provided meals in reusable containers, significantly reducing landfill waste from disposable packaging.
Green Business Award (nonprofit or government agency)
Columbia Springs is a local non-profit focusing on providing accessible environmental education to the Clark County community. Columbia Springs has incorporated many sustainable practices into the organization, including specialized recycling efforts, the use of non-toxic green cleaning products and a storm water management system which includes a rain garden and green roof.
Master Composter Recycler Superstar
This award is given to a Master Composter Recycler (MCR) volunteer that goes above the call to action, serving communities throughout Clark County by teaching about composting and recycling.
Kris has been a volunteer with the Master Composter Recycler Program since the early 2000's. Her passion for sustainable living has been an inspiration to Clark County residents for decades. Kris shares her expertise with the community by teaching Lasagna Garden Composting workshops to the public.