King County honors 14 green businesses in Issaquah

August 11, 2014

By Staff

NEW — 10:25 a.m. Aug. 11, 2014

King County honored 14 local, environmentally minded businesses in an official presentation at the Aug. 4 Issaquah City Council meeting.

King County created the EnviroStars program in 1995 to provide assistance and incentives to smaller businesses aimed at reducing hazardous waste and protecting public health.

City Department of Sustainability Director Micah Bonkowski said businesses in Issaquah had made a concerted effort to address minimizing harmful material.

“We’re here to recognize and thank business and business leaders that have made an effort to reduce their impact on the environment and their employees through reducing hazardous waste,” Bonkowski said.

Laural Tomchick, program manger with EnviroStars, gave out the awards to the businesses.

“Businesses are certified based on a range of environmental practices and policies that demonstrate a commitment to being environmentally sustainable, and for preventing pollution with a focus on reducing hazardous material and waste,” Tomchick said.

Certification as an EnviroStars business provides an “easy way to find and support environmentally responsible businesses in your community,” according to the program’s website.

The businesses receiving the recognition were: Autoworks of Issaquah, Eastside Pediatric Dental Group, Hendrikus Group, Highlands Dentistry, Issaquah Dental Arts, Issaquah Endodontics, Midas Auto Service Experts, Modern Family Dentistry of Issaquah, Natural Dental Health Associates, Santiago Dental Wellness, Dr. Michael Scoles DMD, Siemens Medical Solutions-ultrasound division, Swedish Medical Center and the Washington State Parks Maintenance Shop.

“Their efforts help to protect public and employee health, and preserve the natural resources that people really enjoy as part of the quality of life here in Issaquah,” Tomchick said.

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