KIRKLAND, Wash. (October) –EnviroStars, Washington’s green business program, has helped more than 150 businesses of all sizes and types improve their sustainability over the program’s first year, including 18 Kirkland businesses.
The EnviroStars program connects businesses with local environmental assistance, resources, and utility rebates. Businesses earn EnviroStars recognition by taking steps to green their facilities and operational practices, such as replacing inefficient lighting with LEDs, composting food scraps and switching to safer cleaning products.
“We’ve long recognized that restaurants are huge users of resources,” said Bret Chatalas, co-owner of Cactus Restaurants, which recently had all five locations recognized by EnviroStars. “We have the power and responsibly to make a difference, and it’s the right thing to do.”
Cactus has a farm-to-table partnership with a local organic farm, which grows fresh produce for the restaurant using compost made from Cactus’ food scraps. Additionally, Cactus has incorporated sustainability into the recent remodel of their Kirkland location, adding LED lighting, efficient hot water on-demand, and building automation to reduce energy consumption. They also chose to utilize recycled and reclaimed building materials to reduce the environmental impact of the remodel.
“EnviroStars helps businesses implement best practices that save energy and water, generate less waste and pollution, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions,” said Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold, who represents Kirkland on the King County Cities Climate Collaboration.. “Envirostars practices are good for business and good for Washington’s environment.”
Consumers can visit EnviroStars.org to find businesses of all types that share their environmental values, whether they’re looking for a brewery, auto body shop, or dentist. Well-known Washington staples such as Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, Tom Douglas restaurants, and Fremont Brewing have joined EnviroStars, along with many more small businesses like Kirkland’s CHOICE Insurance, Orion Education, and Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop.
The City of Kirkland supports EnviroStars as part of a coalition of 21 Washington cities, counties, utilities, and local public health jurisdictions reaching from Whatcom County to Pierce County.
Visit EnviroStars.org to find green businesses near you, or to get environmental assistance for your business.