2019 Winners - Green Business Awards

You can still nominate a local business, agency, organization, or school for a 2019 Sitka Green Business Award!

Thank you to our 2019 Sitka Green Business Award Winners!

Platinum Award Winners: Allen Marine Tours and Alaskan Dream Cruises



Sitka Global Warming Group (SGWG), the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce, and Sitka Conservation Society thank our 2019 Sitka Green Business Award winners!  These businesses, agencies, organizations, and schools are doing good things for the environment while also doing good things for our local economy and our community. Through implementing green, environmentally-sustainable business practices, these award-winning businesses are contributing to the sustainability of our community, in an environmental sense and in a financial and social sense.

For their work toward sustainability, we recognize and thank our 2019 Sitka Green Business Award winners!

Gold Award Winner: Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce

The following businesses are recognized and certified as Sitka Green Businesses for 2019

Check our list of businesses and their green practices to see what they do!

Platinum Award Winner: Pet's Choice Veterinary Hospital

Platinum (16+ Green Practices)

Gold Award Winner: Youth Advocates of Sitka

Gold (11-15 Green Practices)

Platinum Award Winner: Sitka Food Co-op

Program Participation

SGWG developed this local “certification” process to determine those businesses and practices to recognize through this program. All businesses, not-for-profit organizations, agencies, schools, and others with an office in Sitka are encouraged to participate.  The program’s four levels recognize different levels of commitment towards green practices. The more actions that a business is doing to help the environment, the higher the recognition level they received.

Award levels changed in 2017 - based on adding new practices, we made reaching higher levels more difficult! Awards are determined as follows - Businesses using: 1-5 green practices – Bronze Award; 6-10 green practices – Silver Award; 11-15 green practices – Gold Award; 16 or more green practices – Platinum Award.  We sometimes present special recognition awards for a business or businesses involved in: 1) ongoing green activities, and 2) a one-time, major environmental initiative.

Awards are determined through nomination by any interested party (employees, customers, owners, etc.), with the nominated business determining their own participation (see Nominations below). Awards are normally presented each year in the spring with nominations being solicited mainly in the fall. We take nominations for Sitka Green Business Awards, either from businesses themselves or from customers (see instructions under Nominations, below) year-round.

The criteria for the awards are in constant development. SGWG reserves the right to determine what practices will be listed and recognized and what businesses qualify for the awards.

Platinum Award Winner: Daily Sitka Sentinel

Green Practices List

The following list of green practices was compiled from practices currently being used in Sitka and will be used to determine the level of award for 2019. See our list of businesses and their green practices to see what they do! A copy of this list, designed for printing or copying and filling out as a form, is available under Nominations below.

2018 Green Practices List


Reuse materials (like good-on-one-side paper, packing materials, etc.)

Give away usable items (like bubble wrap, pallets, food, etc.) rather than throw it away

Encourage double-sided printing

Recycle 2 or more city-sponsored items

Found ways to use less paper – please list the ways

Provide recycling/reuse opportunities to others for specialty items (like used oil, computers, phones, etc.)

Recycle "specialty" items (batteries, print cartridges, phones, oil, fluorescent bulbs, etc.)

Compost coffee grounds, yard, or food waste

Provide a discount for customers reusing items (cups, bags, etc.)

Use (and reuse!) reusable items rather than throw away items (bags, plates, forks, refillable pens, water bottles, etc.)

Use web-based (paperless) marketing, billing, document publishing, etc.

Proper disposal of hazardous waste


Energy Efficient lighting (Install/use CFLs, LEDs, etc)

Energy efficient heating (Install/use programmable thermostat, turn down heat at night)

Encourage employees to wear warm clothes so that heat may be left low

Turn off lights, electronics (computer, etc.) at night

Installed/maintain other energy saving devices (elec. hand driers, auto. light switches)

Upgraded office building energy efficiency through insulation, energy efficient windows, and/or other large energy-saving construction

Converted main heating system from fossil fuel to energy-efficient electric heating (i.e., heat pump)


Provide/maintain covered bike parking

Support bike/walking programs (for employees or special initiatives)

Provide incentives for employees to use the Sitka bus system (the Ride)

Encourage carpooling to work

Consolidate errands - transportation efficiency

Use teleconferencing/videoconferencing to reduce travel for meetings, training, etc.

Use 4 stroke outboards/take other measures to reduce boat fuel use

"Right sized" our vehicle fleet (reduced fleet to use less, smaller, & more efficient vehicles and electric or hybrids or even bikes)

Purchased/used an electric vehicle for work tasks


Use recycled paper/refurbished office supplies

Use environmentally friendly supplies/methods (including green seal certified products, natural fertilizers, un-bleached napkins with soy ink, etc.)


Provide training and consulting regarding green products

Sell Fair Trade or Forest Stewardship Council certified products

Sell or use organic ingredients in their products

Sell locally made/grown items

Sell reusable shopping bags

Sell re-used items

Use cloth towels or ask clients to reuse towels


Organize/promote clean-up events (land, water, beaches)

Promote/support green education (about energy conservation, invasive species, recycling, growing food, etc.)

Support local foods activities

Support local efforts to reduce the use of disposable bags (through education, asking customers if they need a bag, or by supporting various efforts of Bags for Change)

Have employee/student Green Team or environmental organization

Promote “buy local” (by promoting other local businesses & other buy local programs)

Support the Sitka Chamber of Commerce through membership or other means

Platinum Award Winner: Wintersong Soap Company

Nominate a Business!

Nominations to recognize other Sitka businesses are still being accepted for a second round of 2019 awards coming up later in the spring. If you own, work for or know of a Sitka business, agency, not-for-profit group, school or other entity doing green practices that you would like to see recognized with a Sitka Green Business Award, we'd like to hear from you! Please go to the Green Business Nomination Form, fill in the business name at the top and put an x in any green practices currently occurring at that business. Please email that filled-in list to [email protected].  Also, if you have or know of additional green practices occurring that you would like us to consider adding to our list, please include a list of those in your email. Make sure to send us the business name and address as well as your name and email address. If you'd just like more information, please contact us at [email protected].  

After 10 years, this is the final year that SGWG will be doing the award program. This program has been a wonderful way to work with and get to know Sitka businesses and other entities, and they hope to find an organization that would like to continue to recognize and encourage green business practices.


Platinum Award Winner: Stereo North

History of the Sitka Green Business Awards

At a March 2009 SGWG meeting one member suggested, "Thank local companies and businesses for green practices. Recognize those who are taking initiative! Promote the positives!" By April of that year, a green business recognition program was prioritized as one of the most important actions to be taken by SGWG in 2009/2010.

In April 2010, 35 Sitka businesses were awarded 2010 Sitka Green Business Awards. Three Sitka businesses received the Platinum award, two businesses received Gold awards, eleven businesses received Silver awards, and 18 businesses received Bronze awards. The City and Borough of Sitka and Sitka Assembly received the 2010 Special Recognition award for their work on Climate Action Planning in 2009 and 2010.

In 2011, 41 Sitka businesses received 2011 Sitka Green Business Awards. Thirty Sitka businesses received the Platinum award, two businesses received Gold awards, three businesses received Silver awards, and four businesses received Bronze awards. Mt. Edgecumbe High School, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the City and Borough of Sitka Electric Department received the 2011 Special Recognition award for their collaborative effort to install a wind power generator display project. For the 2010 awards, many nominations were made by SGWG/SS members who patronized the businesses. Often they would not see all the green practices being used which resulted in lower-level awards. For the 2011 awards, most businesses were self-nominated. This captured more of a business’ “hidden” green practices, but missed those businesses that did not nominate themselves.

In 2012, 23 Sitka businesses received awards.  Nearly every business was self-nominated. And 16 of the businesses awarded in 2012 increased the number of practices they implemented. In fact, the average number of practices being implemented went up from about 16 green practices on the 2011 award list to nearly 20 green practices in 2012 awards. Considering that only one new practice was added to the green practices list, that's a significant increase in green activity in the local business community. A Green Business Open House was held on September 15 as an added feature to the 2012 awards. Baranof Island Housing Authority gave tours and information on their new LEED-certified office building while Sitka Office Services showed off some of their green equipment and behaviors. Over 100 people attended!

In 2013, 26 Sitka businesses received awards.  And again, many businesses increased their participation level.Thirty-one Sitka businesses, agencies, and organizations were recognized with Sitka Green Business Awards in 2014 with 18 of them receiving the highest level award.  More are awarded each year.

Since the awards program was started in 2010, SGWG has presented 218 green business awards to 79 Sitka businesses.  

The list of green practices was compiled using actions that local businesses were already successfully implementing. The list grows when businesses bring up new, unique practices.  In 2017 we added six new practices to the list of over 40 green practices. The new practices recognize local opportunities and issues like our inability to continue to recycle paper and our current excess of electricity.  One opportunity we hope local businesses will consider is adding or converting to electric heat pumps and boilers to take advantage of our clean, local renewable energy. We always consider new suggestions from our business community.

This program came about because members of SGWG recognized that many Sitka businesses are engaged in green practices. Realizing that these “green” practices benefit the environment, save money, and increase our sustainability, SGWG wanted to recognize and thank those businesses, encourage others to start “greening” their business, and help local businesses take advantage of a green marketing strategy. We hope these awards improve business profit and improve sustainability and resilience in Sitka.


Platinum Award Winner: U.S. Forest Service - Sitka Office

Recent News Releases and Photos

One of the ways we hope to encourage our green businesses is through well-deserved recognition.  We strive to share their good work through articles, award logos, and award certificates.

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