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 and businesses in Clark County. The awards presented are:
- Green Apple Award - for an individual involved in school (public or private) sustainability initiatives, projects and programs
- Green Business of the Year, small business (25 or fewer employees)
- Green Business of the Year, large business (more than 25 employees)
- Green Business of the Year, nonprofit or government agency
- Green Neighbor of the Year - for an individual resident who goes above and beyond in modeling green living
- Master Composter Recycler Superstar - for a Master Composter Recycler program volunteer who goes above and beyond to teach others in the community to reduce waste and live sustainably, selected by previous winners of the award
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.
Nancy, an employee at Lacamas Lake Elementary School, engages students and motivates them to compost, recycle and conserve energy at school, instilling an enthusiasm for school involvement and for the environment.
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.
Harvest of Peace Microgreens business owner Therese Livella made intentional decisions for sustainability right from the start. She strives to be zero waste in her business, and packaging for the microgreens is minimal.
Green Business Award (large business)
In one year, Frito Lay Vancouver’s resource conservation team reduced water use by 6%, electricity by 7% and gas by 3%. They adopted Fruit Valley Park and performed clean up events, and for over 25 years have contributed to Open House Ministries.
Green Business Award (nonprofit or government agency)
Clark County’s public transportation provider incorporates sustainability principles and efficiency into operations. Their bus wash reclaims 60% of the water used for each wash, and more than half of their fixed route bus fleet are hybrid.
Green Neighbor Award
This award is given to celebrate the work of a volunteer that goes beyond the norm to serve the community through the Green Neighbors program.
Ellen rides her bike, composts in her backyard, and when she’s on-the-go she always packs a kit of reusable items to avoid single use products.
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.
Ron contributed more than 200 volunteer hours to the Master Composter Recycler Program in one year. He led construction and maintenance projects at compost demonstration sites.