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Richland Announces Green Award Winners

Tuesday, October 15, 2013   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release


For more information contact:

Gail Everett, Green Living Awards Coordinator, 942-7730/539-6453

Mike Charboneau, Cable Communications, 942-7398/430-8635

Shari’s Restaurant, Kevin Lanham, Supervisor, 946-0681

                        G4S Secure Solutions, Chad Weidert, 946-4611/727-8179

CH2MHill Hanford Group, Sara Austin, picnic coordinator, 376-4339




The City of Richland is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Green Living Awards. Shari’s Restaurant in Richland was named Green Business of the Year. The Green Project of the Year award went to the Marjorie Sutch Greenway Cleanup Project, completed by volunteers from G4S Secure Systems and Kadlec Regional Medical Center, and Richland’s Event of the Year is CH2MHill’s Zero Waste Picnic. Others honored included AREVA, Local Boys Metal Recycling, Christ the King’s Sausage Fest, Washington State University’s Anti-litter Mapping Project and the Hanford Green Remediation Project.


Shari’s Restaurant has implemented a nation-wide ‘Shari’s Water/Energy Efficiency Program’ better known as ‘S.W.E.E.P.’ The program includes a variety of water and energy efficient improvements, for example their ‘Smart Irrigation System’ that is connected to a NOAA weather satellite that will only allow watering when there is no rain in the forecast. Other changes include new heated ‘dipperwells,’ to reduce natural gas usage, improving their purchasing habits to reduce waste, and more. 


Marjorie Sutch Greenway Cleanup Project was coordinated by Chad Weidert, an employee from G4S Secure Solutions who works at nearby Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Chad rallied a group of co-workers, family and friends to meet on a Saturday morning to collect five, 50 gallon trash cans full of garbage from the park, shoreline and the waterway that runs through the park. As concerned citizens, and environmental stewards, this group took worked to clean and beautify this lineal park that is habitat to many ducks, muskrats, fish and frogs.


CH2MHill, Plateau Remediation Company serves about 3,500 employees and their families for a picnic each summer. The event generated a lot of waste, including uneaten food, food scraps, plates, utensils, cups, cans, bottles, paper, plastic and wooden sticks from ice cream bars. Organizers decided to do something about the waste generated and after a season of planning and working with others, they diverted 95% of their waste from being landfilled.


This is the ninth year Richland has recognized businesses and organizations who are working to reduce their impact on the environment. For more information, visit, link to "Green Recognition Program.”


More information on the other 2013 Nominees

 AREVA Horn Rapids Road Facility was established about 45 years ago and in recent years has made a concentrated effort to reevaluate processes, modernize systems and invest in resources for conservation and sustainable development. Eco-efforts include water, energy and solid waste reduction along with leasing land to an organic farmer.


WSU-TC Anti-Litter Mapping Project is a web-based photographic mapping project that functions as a community based sustainability art intervention. This project also resulted in the collection of over 50 bags of trash from the two major projects. For more information see


Hanford Green Remediation Project is a joint effort by Mission Support Alliance and Bechtel National Inc. Together they diverted 77,402 metric tons of non-hazardous construction and demolition debris from being landfilled and instead, reused it as backfill materials for remedial actions. 


Local Boy’s Metal Recycling offers free pick-up of scrap metal anywhere in the Tri-Cities to Spokane area. Recycling scrap metal reduces the need to make more from virgin material, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and energy. Recycling also conserves various, limited natural resources. From their customers so far, Local Boy’s Metal Recycling has recycled over 150,000 pounds of steel.

 Washington State Recycling Association | 545 Andover Park W, Ste 209, Tukwila, WA 98188 | 206.244.0311 |

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