June 25th, 2017

Green Business Award

Jess and Jake and kiddies

Our 2017 winners, the Sunwolf family: Jess, Jake, and kids.

Congratulations to Sunwolf, our 2017 Green Business Award winner!

Squamish CAN was honoured to present Sunwolf the 2017 Squamish Green Business Award at the annual Chamber of Commerce Awards.

The panel of judges was extremely impressed with the business’ creativity and proactive approach to sustainability, as well as their commitment to sourcing locally and responsibly.  Green practices are integrated into employee training at the organization and they aim to be 100% carbon neutral by 2020. They make a commitment to continually improving their day-to-day practices, buildings, and green initiatives to reduce their environmental footprint well into the future.
Thank you for all of your hard work Sunwolf, and congratulations!

 

The 2017 award period has now passed. Applications will reopen in Spring 2018.

Download the application form HERE and send in the completed form to SquamishGreenBusiness@gmail.com

Squamish CAN collaborates annually with the Squamish Chamber of Commerce to organize and facilitate the Green Business Award. This is our eighth year running! An integral part to the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, the award recognizes businesses’ overall commitment to the environment, actions, communication, adaptability to change and willingness to innovate!

The Green Business Award supports businesses seeking to adopt and strengthen sustainable best practices, enhance their triple bottom line and celebrate success.

Showcase your workplace and be recognized for your company’s achievements towards eliminating waste, conserving resources, promoting a healthy workplace environment and community engagement. Join those who are building a vibrant and vital business community in Squamish.

The panel of judges are continually impressed with the degree of commitment by companies in Squamish and encourage companies to submit an application.

All submissions are reviewed by a panel of judges and the winner of the Squamish Green Business Award is announced at the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. We look forward to receiving your application.

 

Past Winners

2016 Winner: Gillespie’s Fine Spirits 

2015 Winner: Be Clean Naturally Soap Shop

2014 Winner: On the Farm Country Market Flower & Garden Shop

2013 Winner: Squamish ReBuild

2012 Winner: Squamish ReBuild

2011 Winner: Newport Auto Inc

2010 Winner: Triack Resources Ltd

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Shannon with our 2016 winner, Gillespie’s Fine Spirits.

 

Squamish Green Business Award 2016: 

Squamish CAN was honoured to present Kelly and John of Gillespie’s Fine Spirits with the Squamish Green Business award at the annual Chamber of Commerce Awards. The award highlighted all of the hard work that the company is doing behind the scenes to integrate sustainability throughout their business. Right from the start, Gillespie’s Fine Spirits made several decisions that greatly impacted the amount of waste their business produced. This included choosing to not make mini-bottles, to be a straw-free company, to use reusable or compostable cups and partnering with a local farmer to take the spent grain waste.  Plus they put a lot of effort into supporting the local economy, as 100% of their fruits and agriculture products are from BC, that which they don’t forage themselves, and they worked hard to find a bottle manufacturer based in North America. Additionally, a lot of their equipment has been repurposed, keeping it out of the landfill and making a mean vodka at the same time!

It’s companies like Gillespie’s Fine Spirits that lead the way as sustainability business leaders in Squamish.  Congratulations to Kelly & John! And make sure to check out their Tasting Room, if you haven’t had a chance to yet!

 

Squamish Green Business Award 2015:

Soap Shoppe - AwardSquamish CAN is happy to announce that Be Clean Naturally Soap Shoppe is the winner of the 2015 Squamish Green Business Award. 

Be Clean Naturally’s business vision is to be completely sustainable, from the way ingredients are farmed, what packaging materials are used (if at all), to supporting other local businesses, all the while ensuring that the shop is financially sustainable. This commitment to reducing their environmental impact is integrated throughout the day to day operations of Be Clean Naturally and shared with customers through education and empowerment.

2014 Winners

“2014 Award Winner, Natalie Pereman the owner of On The Farm Country Market, with the winners of the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards”

Green Business Award 2011

 

The panel of judges was particularly impressed with the degree of commitment, the creativity, the thoroughness, and the quality of changes implemented in Newport Auto Inc’s operations as this business looks constantly for ways to reduce their impact on the environment. Newport Auto Inc demonstrates a hugely proactive approach towards sustainability in a business that we wouldn’t normally or naturally associate with “green” enterprises or standards. As such, this environmentally-minded and dedicated small local business provides us with priceless exemplary behaviour and the valuable lesson that we can all take action to reduce our environmental footprint regardless the nature of our personal activities and occupations.

From left to right: Maurice Freitag (Chamber of Commerce, President); Noel Koehn (Newport Auto Inc), Kim Ebers (Squamish CAN, Education); Jasmine Henczel (Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President)

Congratulations to Newport Auto Inc, but congratulations as well to all other participants for their equally valuable efforts to lead by example: ISL Engineering; Outwest Sports with I-Tune-It; Cascade Environmental Resource Group; Sea to Sky Babies; Capilano University – Squamish Campus; The Nature Nest; Rona Squamish; Squamish Therapeutics; In The Raw Organics Specialty Bulk Foods and Goods; Green Clean Squamish

Newport Auto Inc will receive formal recognition at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the CN Roundhouse on June 21

Green Business Award 2010

 And the winner is… NEWPORT AUTO INC!! Newport Auto Inc provides complete
custom retail automotive mechanical maintenance,
repair, fleet service, and tire sales from Squamish to the Sea to Sky corridor since
2000.

Chamber of Commerce and Squamish CAN representatives, along with Squamish Green Business Award 2010 winners, Triack Resources Ltd., spent several hours reviewing 11 brilliant applications before selecting Newport Auto Inc as this year’s winner.

Entries: Triack Resources Ltd, Echoflex, Booster Juice, Sea to Sky Babies, Compost Culture, Glacier Valley B&B, Countercast Designs Inc, Agnes Jean Boutique Winner: Triack Resources Ltd

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