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Oregonians have always put great value on the long-term health of the environment in which they live, work and play, and therefore take a long-term view when making investments in economic development. Sustainability is an integrated concept in the strategic planning of most Oregon organizations and companies, but some are truly moving to the head of the pack. Governor Kitzhaber is continuing the Oregon Sustainability Awards to recognize those outstanding efforts.
The 2014 Oregon Sustainability Awards will be presented by the Oregon Sustainability Board and Business Oregon at the Northwest Environmental Conference on December 10, 2014, in Portland.
Any private, public or non-profit organization is eligible to apply. Awards will be given based on merit, but organizations may be grouped by size and/or type in order to make comparing applicants more efficient and appropriate. Winners will show a commitment to sustainability that goes beyond compliance with regulatory requirements. Winners will be innovators in their fields and show that becoming more sustainable is not in conflict with achieving the organization's core mission, whatever that may be.
The 2013 Sustainability Award winners were PECI, Salem-Keizer Transit, ODOT, NORPAC Foods and Shari's Restaurant. In past years applications have been grouped into three groups of similar types of organizations: small businesses, large businesses and government/non-profits. Those groupings may be used this year, or some other system will be used to compare similar organizations to each other as much as possible. The Sustainability Board will decide after reviewing the 2014 applications whether the approach to this year's awards will be the same or different than last year's.
A review panel will perform an initial review of applications received and will decide if further information is required of any applicants. If more information is needed, applicants will be contacted by Business Oregon. If not, the review panel will make recommendations to the Sustainability Board. The board will review the applications and recommendations and make a final decision on awardees. Business Oregon will then contact all applicants to inform them of the decision on their applications. The review process should take approximately three months. Business Oregon will contact applicants after the review process is completed. Applicants should expect a response approximately three months after the application deadline.
Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 8, 2014. Applicants should expect a response approximately three months after the August 8 deadline.
Mark Brady, Clean Tech Strategist