Issaquah-based Pomegranate Center earns sustainability honor
December 8, 2011
NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 2011
Sustainable Seattle, a regional nonprofit organization focused on steps to measure sustainability, honored the Issaquah-based Pomegranate Center on Wednesday.
The organization honored the Pomegranate Center as a Leader in Sustainability in the Personal Environment category. (The other categories included Built Environment, Social Environment and Natural Environment.)
Milenko Matanovic, a community organizer and artist, founded the Pomegranate Center in 1986.
Each category featured a pair of honorees — one nominee recognized for leadership in sustainability and one nominee recognized for innovation in sustainability.
The other winner in the Personal Environment category is Sarah Elwood, a University of Washington geography professor focused on how community organizations and grassroots groups can use maps, geographic information systems and online spatial technologies to advance work for social and environmental justice and sustainability.
Sustainable Seattle announced the winners of the Sustainable Community Outstanding Leadership and Innovation Awards at the group’s annual dinner.
The group relied on a 12-person panel of independent judges to select the honors.
The honorees in the Social Environment included Community Kitchens NW as the Leader in Sustainability and the West Seattle Tool Library as the Innovator in Sustainability. Sustainable Seattle named Charlie Cunniff as the Leader in Sustainability and Green Plate Special as the Innovator in Sustainability in the Built Environment category. The honorees in the Natural Environment category included Stewardship Partners as the Leader in Sustainability and Reed Painting as the Innovator in Sustainability.
Spokespeople and Green Boulevard founder Cathy Tuttle received the Happiness Award.
Founded in 1991, Sustainable Seattle promotes sustainability in the Central Puget Sound area, nationally and internationally.