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Cedar Grove Wins 2014 Seattle Business Magazine Community Impact Award

Monday, October 27, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Company with local roots dating back to 1938 recognized for innovative, impactful giving programs  


SEATTLE, Wash. – October 27, 2014 – Cedar Grove is the 2014 Seattle Business Magazine Community Impact Award winner; recognized for its innovative giving programs and ongoing commitment to the communities it serves.


"The judges were impressed by Cedar Grove's extraordinary philanthropic activities as well as the community contribution it makes by converting 400,000 tons of yard and food waste into compost each year," said Leslie Helm, executive editor of Seattle Business magazine.


Specifically, the company was recognized for:

  • The primary focus of community relations efforts surrounding its Maple Valley and Everett facilities
  • The “Seeds for Scholars” college scholarship program launched in 2013
  • The positive impact Cedar Grove has on local, community gardens and food banks
  • Cedar Grove’s partnership with Virginia Mason and the Boeing Classic
  • The recognition Cedar Grove has received from other organizations including the 2013 Secretary of State’s Corporations for Communities award


“This company’s roots in the community run deep and our ownership is, and always has been, committed to giving back to the community that we have the privilege of serving every day,” said Karen Dawson, director of community relations.  “We are fortunate to operate in a community of avid recyclers and dynamic non-profits, affording us a phenomenal foundation to do serve this region’s organics recycling needs and partner with non-profits and schools which are doing tremendous, high impact work to serve the needs of our community.”

Also at the awards event, Paul Allen received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the program’s first year for his far-reaching impact on nearly every aspect of life in the Puget Sound region.

The article in the November issue of Seattle Business magazine can be found here:


To learn more about Cedar Grove’s work in the community or to apply for a grant, please visit:


About Seattle Business

Seattle Business is a monthly magazine read by more than 100,000 business executives across the state. Annual events tied to its editorial coverage include the Executive Excellence Awards, Leaders in Health Care Awards, Washington Manufacturing Awards, 100 Best Companies to Work For Awards, Tech Impact Awards, Community Impact Awards and Family Business Awards. Seattle Business is owned by Minneapolis-based Tiger Oak Publications, which also publishes Seattle magazine, Seattle Bride magazine and more than 20 other leading regional magazines. 


About Cedar Grove Composting

Cedar Grove Composting is part of a family-owned enterprise with roots in the waste management business going back to 1938. As the Pacific Northwest's leading organics recycling company, Cedar Grove transforms grass, leaves, yard trimmings, food waste and wood waste into the finest nutrient-rich compost. From a humble beginning, Cedar Grove has developed a full line of healthy soils with a loyal following and has grown to become one of the largest dedicated yard and food waste composting facilities in the United States.  For more information, please visit


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