SPOKANE — The successful EnviroStars program in the Puget Sound area is now available to Spokane County businesses. EnviroStars is a voluntary program that certifies small businesses that have practices and policies in place that reduce hazardous waste and protect the environment.
The EnviroStars program started in King County in 1995 and now more than 700 businesses are participating in Western Washington.
A unique local partnership between government agencies and non-profits started in May 2010 to bring EnviroStars to Spokane County. Businesses certified by EnviroStars receive public recognition and advertising.
In support of National Pollution Prevention Week, Sept. 20-26, EnviroStars is highlighting the first round of EnviroStars certified businesses. The following certified businesses make pollution prevention happen every day, by reducing their hazardous wastes as well as reducing emissions into the air. These efforts help to protect the Spokane River, the aquifer and area lakes and creeks by preventing pollution from entering the water via runoff from city streets:
“Consumers want the choice of shopping at businesses that help keep our community clean,” states Tonilee Hanson, EnviroStars coordinator. “When you see the EnviroStars logo, you know that the business has been certified for doing its part to keep the river, aquifer, air and land clean.”
Qualifying businesses demonstrate their commitment to protect the environment and in turn may benefit by:
For general information visit www.envirostars.org. For local information or to apply for certification call (509) 847-4337.
In 2010, a partnership was formed to bring EnviroStars to Spokane County. The EnviroStars Steering Committee in Spokane County includes the Washington State Department of Ecology, city of Spokane Solid Waste, Spokane Aquifer Joint Board, Spokane County Utilities Water Resources, Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, Spokane Regional Health District, Spokane Regional Solid Waste System and the Spokane River Forum.
Make every week pollution prevention week:
To read about Western Washington Envirostars program: http://www.envirostars.org/
Ecology’s Web site: http://www.ecy.wa.gov