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Celebrate the largest sustainability celebration in our region! The Sustainability Leadership Award winners and nominees come from you - the community in the Puget Sound region.  From energy to farming, chocolate to data software, our yearly awards represent inspiring sustainability efforts accomplished locally.  Check back this fall to nominate the organizations, businesses and inviduals that you're inspired by. 

Scroll down to learn about prior awards events and winners.


2015 Awards

On January 23rd, at MOHAI, we honored those working for a more healthy and livable region. It was a night to celebrate the accomplishments in our community.

Sustainable Seattle brought you the "best of the best" in sustainability. The 2015 Sustainability Leadership Awards was a festive dinner gala attended by 200+ veteran sustainability movers and shakers and newcomers alike. What a night! Guests mingled during cocktail hour, enjoyed a locally sourced meal, catered by Herban Feast, and cheered on the nominees during the main program of the evening, the announcement of the winners. Our emcee was Paul Shoemaker, of Social Venture Partners Seattle, and our judges revealed the winners. Thank you to all our guests and congratulations to the winners!

The 2015 winners are:

Individual Award

Sustainable Hero: BJ Cummings, founder of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, for her leadership in empowering residents to bring their voices to the table in the "River for All" campaign, building EPA and government support for cleanup of the superfund site.

Category Awards



Significant Newcomer: Tiny Trees Preschool for its innovative approach to making outdoor preschool education affordable for a wide range of families.



Creative Solution: Co-winners includeForterra and the City of Tukwila for their collaborative approach addressing sustainability challenges in the diverse community of Tukwila, and RE-USE Consulting for finding sustainable alternatives to demolition.



Setting and Example: The Seattle Mariners for their leadership in sustainable ballpark operations since 2006.



Transportation Changer: Pronto Cycle Share, for providing access to a low-cost, fast, flexible, and convenient transportation alternative.



Resource Impact: Co-winners Pike Place Market PDA and Seattle Tilth for bringing healthy food access to hundreds of Seattle's most vulnerable families and Travelers Against Plastic for their initiative to educate global travelers about the harmful impacts of plastic water bottle usage.



Transforming Spaces: Co-winners, Highland Park Improvement Club, the Nature Consortium, and Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, highlighting their work in building healthier, vibrant communities in South Seattle.


People’s Choice Award

Winners Pike Place Market PDA and Seattle Tilth


Meet the 2015 nominees


Nominations closed November 14th 2014.


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Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors!

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About the Awards

Started in the early '90s, the Sustainability Leadership Awards recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations, and businesses that are helping make the Puget Sound region a more sustainable and livable place.  These awards heighten the awareness about the breadth of activities and projects that make Seattle a model of communities around the world, being a leader and catalyst for positive change.  Multiple awards are presented to those selected by a panel of independent judges.  The nominees and winners are truly inspiring in their out-of-the-ordinary accomplishments.  Past Awards


Recap of the 2014 Awards


Held on January 31, 2014 at MOHAI Sustainable Seattle and 250 community members recognized the nominees and announced the award recipients selected by independent judges.  It was a grand night! 


We met, mingled, dined and celebrated at MOHAI with Sustainable Seattle and the sustainability community!  Find out more about the event here, or on our blog. Photos of the fun evening can be viewed on Flickr.

The Winners

Individual Award

Sustainable Hero: Bill Thorness, author, editor and freelance writer, A Cool Season Gardener, for his significant and inspiring contribution to the local sustainability movement.

Business Awards

Significant NewcomerLandis+Gyr, for their recent incorporation 2014Awardsof sustainability into their business practices.

Creative Solution: Seattle Steam, for their innovative approaches to a sustainability challenge.

Setting An Example: Theo Chocolate for modeling leadership through emphasizing education and transparency.

Community Awards

Transportation Changer: PATH, for their achievements in impacting transportation systems and accessibility.

Resource Impact: Farm to Table Partnership, for their positive impacts on local food networks.

Transforming Spaces: National Wildlife Federation and their Garden for Wildlife Program for their projects that revive and transform urban spaces.


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Past Awards

2014 Awards Program Recipients and Nominations (2013 rolled into early 2014)
2012 Awards Program Recipients and Nominations
2011 Awards Program Recipients and Nominations
2010 Awards Program Recipients
2004 Awards Program Recipients
2002 Awards Program Recipients
2001 Awards Program Recipients

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