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Kadlec Project Earns Green Award from City of Richland

The City of Richland is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Green Recognition Program.

Greenies, a small business in Richland that offers bicycle, kayak and paddleboard rentals and sales, and sells organic foods, products and sustainable clothing is Richland’s Green Business of the Year.

A joint energy efficiency project completed by Kadlec Regional Medical Center and Apollo Solutions Group won Project of the Year and ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston won Program of the Year for their Energy Star Certification Program.

Richland resident Lora Rathbone received the Excellence in Environmental Stewardship award for an individual; and the group award went to project coordinators Ali Bram and Jennifer Ricci for their Earth Month Trail Cleanup Project.

Enterprise Middle School Recycling Program, Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, the Innovation Center, and Market in the Parkway each received an Honorable Mention for their environmental efforts.

This is the seventh year Richland has recognized businesses and organizations who are working to reduce their impact on the environment. For more information, visit www.ci.richland.wa.us and link to Green Living” and then “Green Recognition Program.”

The information below highlights the award winners:

Richland Green Project of the Year: Energy Efficiency Project, a joint project with Apollo Solutions Group and Kadlec Regional Medical Center

Overview: The next co-applicants joined forces to reduce energy consumption at Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Initial construction of the hospital began in 1968; so much of its equipment, including heating, cooling and lighting was outdated and operating inefficiently. With the help of grants, incentives and low interest loans, the team researched, redesigned and retrofitted equipment, creating green jobs and reducing energy costs by 30%.

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Richland Green Business of the Year: Greenies, 701 George Washington Way

Overview: Greenies is a small business in the Richland Parkway that specializes in organic or eco-friendly products. They also encourage the participation of human powered recreation through bike, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals and sales. Greenies recycle, offer credit for bicycle trade-ins and refurbish the old ones for resell and reuse. They also helped coordinate the first Bike to Work competition in May. Greenies offer over 60,000 earth friendly products in their centrally located store. They promote organic, healthy alternatives and healthy lifestyles.

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Richland Green Program of the Year: Energy Star Certification, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston

Overview: ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston implemented energy and water reduction measures, reducing its yearly electrical use by an estimated 1.7 million Kilowatt-hours and water by about 6.8 million gallons. Throughout each of these projects, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston worked closely with local and regional utility companies to validate energy savings potential, and once completed, underwent third-party verification of the reduced electrical usage. These improvements, many suggested by their employees, enabled them to apply for the EPA/Energy Star Program Certification, where they scored in the upper 75th percentile. Only 10 potato processors in the country are ENERGY STAR certified, two of which are Lamb Weston owned.

Excellence in Environmental Stewardship – Individual: Lora Rathobone

Overview: Lora is a person who believes that every individual can and should strive to make a difference. Lora Rathbone is an environmental fixture in our community; volunteering with local environmental groups and helping others understand environmental issues. She also plans educational events and discussions on sustainability and carbon free lifestyles. At home, she avoids using the clothes dryer by line drying her clothing throughout the year, mends clothing, socks or finds a way to repurpose unwanted items. For example, she uses the sleeves from old t-shirts to make reusable covers for pest control on her apple and pear trees.

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Excellence in Environmental Stewardship – Group: Earth Month Trail Cleanup Leslie and Venus Circle.

Overview: Neighbors and friends, Ali Bram and Jennifer Ricci frequently walked their neighborhood trail and watched it become overgrown and unkempt with brush, weeds and litter. They organized a neighborhood cleanup project during Earth Month that attracted 18 neighbors, generating pride and friendship to beautify the shared pathway.