Recycle at Work Businesses, continued...
Epson Portland Inc. - Hillsboro, Oregon
How does the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen help Epson meet its environmental goals? Kimberley Sackman, Environmental Specialist, of Epson Portland Inc. (EPI) explains that Kaizen, a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement management, is designed to move organizations beyond simple productivity enhancements in order to humanize the workplace, eliminate labor intensive work and provide employees with an outlet to streamline their daily duties. How does this apply to environmental programs? READ MORE...
City of Tigard - Tigard, Oregon
Nick Nissen, the Facilities Services Supervisor of the Public Works Division has an infectious "can do" attitude about how to manage the city's infrastructure. He and his team must make numerous decisions that reflect innovative choices which empower employees and lessen the environmental impacts of constructing and maintaining roads, buildings and the acres of landscape that are all part of the team's responsibility. On construction projects, they reuse dirt, asphalt and gravel, return wooden pallets and flower pots to vendors, and reuse boxes and packaging or donate them to other businesses. READ MORE...
Pacific Landscape Management – Hillsboro, Oregon
Pacific Landscape Management (PLM), a provider of landscaping services in the Portland Metropolitan area, is reducing the impact of its maintenance services through the use of organic blended fertilizers and through the practice of weather-based irrigation and drought tolerant plantings that conserve water. PLM built a bioswale, installed an Eco-Lawn and a rain garden at its
headquarters to help manage its on-site stormwater. READ MORE... Hillsboro
Insomnia Coffee Company –
Insomnia Coffee is a champion of reuse. Its creative reuse of building décor materials gives the
coffee company a unique ambiance. A salvaged door serves as the menu board, benches are crafted of wood from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the shop's bar is constructed of salvaged wood from a Hillsboro remodel project, and the table-tops are scrap stone from a local stonecutter. Insomnia sells organic, fair-trade coffee and reusable travel mugs. READ MORE... Portland State University
Cornelius – Cornelius, Oregon
The City of
demonstrates that sustainability is a practical, cost-effective way to conduct business. Some city buildings include energy-saving features: A passive solar wall heats the library, skylights and large windows bring in natural light to the Operations building, Energy Star heating/cooling systems and appliances are used in break rooms, and sensors on lighting fixtures reduce energy consumption when lights are not needed. The city has also purchased a hybrid vehicle for staff use and coordinates a resident autumn leaf collection. READ MORE... Cornelius
Woodfold Manufacturing -Forest Grove, Oregon
Pictured: Kevin Emerick
Woodfold Manufacturing is an employee-owned manufacturer of custom doors, shutters, and bookshelves. Woodfold's employee mantra is to 'work lean and work clean.' This has made sustainability a natural part of doing business. Through Woodfold's lean manufacturing philosophy, they have become more selective in the use of resources. They recycle 75 percent of their waste and offer employee training on topics such as waste and its impact on the environment.
"Recycling is an important part of our sustainable business practice. It has proven, like so many of our sustainability initiatives, that it's not only good for the environment but also good for business."- Kevin Emerick, environmental health and safety manager
WHPacific specializes in engineering, architecture, surveying and planning and has offices in eight states. The Portland office is a leader in the company for consistently raising the bar in regards to sustainability. There was a time when recycling was not available at the building where WHPacific leased space, so they developed a staff-supported recycling program on their own. They also have a sustainable purchasing policy and a green catering policy. READ MORE...
Oregon Scientific - Tualatin, Oregon
Pictured: Refael Morales, Tara Homsley, Julia Lenocker, Garrett Buchanan
Oregon Scientific, a wholesale distributor of consumer electronic products, saves money by preventing waste. In addition to expanding their recycling program to include all materials in the mixed recycling system, the company set up a separate plastic film and bubble wrap collection with a plastics recycler. Oregon Scientific reuses materials in its operations and donates usable cardboard boxes, foam peanuts, batteries, wood pallets, computers and other electronic devices to businesses, institutions and individuals. These efforts have resulted in an annual savings of more than $2,000 this year! The company's purchasing policy ensures the procurement of Energy Star equipment, recycled-content office supplies and green cleaning products.
"Our partnership with Recycle at Work has helped us to improve our waste reduction program and has shown us tangible results for our efforts." - Tara Homsley, inventory coordinator
IKON Office Solutions, Inc. (A Ricoh Company) - Tigard, Oregon
IKON, a provider of document management systems and services, is finding innovative ways to reduce waste and conserve resources. IKON staff use a single-serve coffee machine, reuse packaging and office supplies, purchase products in bulk, use durable dishware, and also de-construct machines to recover parts. They utilize print-preview technology features on computers, blackberries and iPhones to reduce unnecessary printing. To conserve energy, staff unplugs electrical equipment when not in use, dial down screen brightness on monitors, there are climate controls for each work area and sensors in place for lighting fixtures. IKON also sells Energy Star equipment.
"Spreading the word about IKON's commitment to environmental stewardship programs and resources, both to employees and customers, is an important priority for Oregon in 2009 and beyond"- Christine Stonesifer, area vice president
Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) - Beaverton, Oregon
Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD), a utility provider of water for much of Washington County, has focused on increasing the sustainability of its internal operations since 2001. In addition to basic recycling and sustainable purchasing, TVWD reuses or recycles uniforms, shoes, electronics, old meter registers, cell phones, styrofoam, and even lawnmowers! Stainless steel travel mugs are provided to all employees and durable dishware and silverware are standard in all break rooms. Energy Star equipment is utilized, variable frequency drives are employed in appropriate pump stations and new opportunities are constantly being evaluated. READ MORE...
Scholls Valley Native Nursery LLC - Gales Creek, Oregon
Pictured: Len Norwitz, Al Mowbray, George Kral, Sara Kral
Scholls Valley Native Nursery grows native plants for restoration contractors, municipalities and nurseries. They employ conservation methods such as drip irrigation to minimize water use and practice cover crop and crop-rotation techniques. Scholls Valley Native Nursery voluntarily restored riparian areas of Gales and Roderick Creeks. The company's "green" purchases include recycled-content office supplies, a hybrid automobile and energy through the PGE Green Source Options Program.
"It is all about making the right environmental choices for us and for future generations. We take a holistic approach to growing and supplying native plants. Our plants restore the land and we want to make sure our practices are consistent with that goal." - Sara Kral, owner
The American Lung Association of Oregon (ALAO) - Tigard, Oregon
The American Lung Association, a non-profit organization, provides programs for people with lung disease and advocates for policies that improve indoor and outdoor air quality. ALAO adopted a purchasing policy supporting the procurement of environmentally preferred products such as recycled-content copy paper, paper towels, greeting cards, file folders, and colored paper. ALAO donates electronics to organizations that refurbish, resell or recycle them. Additionally, ALAO reduces waste by providing staff and volunteers with durable dishware and utensils, reusable towels, and an office book and magazine exchange.
"The ALAO staff is environmentally conscious and the transition has been easy. Providing the tools and removing barriers makes eco-friendly practices an easy habit to adopt." - Dana Kaye, executive director
Pacific Foods - Tualatin, Oregon
Pictured: Rory Schmick, Juan Olguin Perez, David Luna, Athena Ehnot
Pacific Natural Foods, a leader in natural, organic foods, has been incorporating sustainable practices in their operation for years. During the first six months of 2009, they recycled 60 percent of their solid waste or approximately 95 tons per month. They also recycle all organic waste, composting all their tea waste and annually converting six million pounds of soy by-product into high-protein cattle feed.
"We're proud to be a part of the Recycle at Work community. At Pacific Natural Foods we strive to integrate environmental considerations into every business decision we make, including how we manage our solid waste and recycling program. We envision a future in which we've completely closed the loop on our waste stream and we look forward to partnering with the Recycle at Work program to help us get there." – Jon Gehrs, president of packaged product division
Ash Creek Forest Management LLC - Tigard, Oregon
Pictured: Front - Melissa Rowe Soll, Garla Isaacson, Karen Golden, Sara Kral, Matt Stine; Back - John Goetz III, George Kral
Ash Creek Forest Management LLC, a natural resource restoration firm, uses only native plants to restore wetlands, riparian corridors, and other natural areas. Over the past ten years, Ash Creek has installed more than 3.2 million native trees and shrubs. In addition, they have created purchasing policies to ensure the materials they bring into their office are as sustainable as the material they plant outside their office. Employees are partially compensated if they bike, walk, carpool or use public transportation to get to work, decreasing the number of cars on the road and their carbon emissions.
"Ash Creek's mission is to make our world a better place. We want everything we do to support this central mission.” - George Kral, Forester
ClubSport – Tigard, Oregon
Pictured: Front - Jennifer Bell, Kari Timmerman, Shelle Garlock, Jason Schlager, Candy Parker, Gail Hoddevik; Back - Amanda Good, Lisa Greenough, Bob Dolan, Jarod Cogswell, Adrian Henninger
ClubSport, a fitness center, is committed to sustainable business practices. Durable dishware is used in their café, fryer oil is collected and donated to a local company to make bio-fuel, and lighting and water fixtures have been replaced with those that use less energy and conserve water.
“Green business practices just make sense for our club. Our members like it, it saves us money, and we feel good about being part of a community’s solution for sustainability and resource conservation.” - Shelle Garlock, administrative assistant
GeoDesign Inc. - Tigard, Oregon
Pictured: Erin Warner, Dacia Hawkins, Stacey Reynolds, Viola Lai
GeoDesign Inc., an engineering consulting firm, is committed to sustainable business operations. Ongoing efforts range from replacing employee monitors with more energy-efficient models, to implementing a purchasing policy encouraging the use of recycled-content products. Employees even collect athletic shoes for recycling! The employee Green Team, The Renew Crew, adds to this culture by raising awareness among staff through newsletters and blogs providing green tips and Earth Day activities. “Our goal is to reduce our impact on the environment from the office to the home. We believe in good stewardship of the earth, both as a company and as individuals.” - Dacia Hawkins, project administrator
Ticor Title Insurance (Amberglen) - Hillsboro, Oregon
Pictured: Autumn Gordon, Rochelle Navarro, Devon Morse, Heather McCarty, Dian Coler
Ticor Title Insurance, a title company located in Hillsboro, implemented a sustainable purchasing policy. Instead of paper copies, Ticor distributes CD’s to its clients that contain the multiple closing documents generated when purchasing a home. It saves more then 100 pieces of paper for each client. “It’s just the right thing to do, and it saves us money on office supplies.” - Heather McCarty, business development specialist.
Ticor Title Insurance - Tigard, Oregon
Pictured: Julie Dethlefs, Sharron Burgum, Leann Harris, Laura Flynn, Valeria Telesc, Matt Houston
Ticor Title Insurance, a title company, has taken extra steps to ensure their office “goes green” by hosting trainings for the real estate agents they work with to encourage green business practices, to decreasing the paper consumed during each client transaction. “Our customers and our agents know we are committed to decreasing our overall waste, recycling, and promoting sustainable business practices to companies we work with and the clients.” - Leann Harris, business development specialist