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Time for 2018 Sitka Green Business Award Nominations

  • Listed: January 2, 2018 11:22 pm
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Hello and Happy New Year! As the new year starts – now is a great time to remember to send in your Green Business Award nomination.

And no matter what time of year, it is a good time to say thank you for your leadership in local sustainability and for taking part in Sitka Global Warming Group’s (SGWG) “Sitka Green Business Awards”. THANK YOU!!!! Over the years we have awarded over 200 awards to 79 local businesses. Each and every one of you has put that little bit (or a lot!) of extra effort into sustaining our environment, our community, and our economy. Thank you. Whether you’ve participated recently or years ago, we hope to recognize you again in 2018. Nominations for 2018 awards will be accepted through January 30.

This year’s nomination form is attached. Please fill it out and email it to me at our new address: or send it to 131 Shelikof Way, Sitka, AK 99835.

We always encourage you to try new things and come up with more and better ways to support our community and our environment – so please keep sending in new ideas for sustainable practices by adding them to your nomination form. And if you know of another business that deserves to be nominated, feel free to forward this email to them or simply nominate them yourself by filling out a nomination for them!

We are also SEEKING nominations for the “Special Recognition” award. If you are or know of a Sitka business involved in a one-time, major environmental initiative or an ongoing initiative that you are impressed by, let us know about it asap! We take nominations and vote as a group to decide who receives the special recognition awards.

We appreciate the business, integrity, sustainability, and sense of community that you bring to this wonderful town of ours. THANK YOU for your participation and efforts to support our community! We are grateful we can recognize your business for your great business practices. We hope we can help you increase your business prospects through green marketing. We hope our tested, money-saving tools and actions are useful to you and give you ideas of ways to improve in the future. And we encourage you to share your green business ideas with others.

If there are other ways we could serve you and others better, we are happy to hear your suggestions!

And as a reminder, we made a few changes in the list and the program for 2018:

We are proud to be working with the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce to share the word about these awards. Watch for announcements and other exciting developments through the Chamber.

SGWG will be working with the Sitka Conservation Society to host our webpages and electronic information. We are just beginning to make the transition, so the past award information is still on but just until mid-January! New nomination information is available at As awards go out they will be on the webpages.

We have a new email address: (note – not

This year, we added six new practices to the list of over 40 green practices. We added these new green practices to recognize local opportunities and issues like our inability to continue to recycle paper. One opportunity we hope local businesses will consider is adding or converting to electric heat pumps and boilers to take advantage of our clean, local renewable energy. If this interests you, and you could use help or advice – please contact me! I am working with a group who might be able to help!

Because we added so many new practices, we’ve “raised the bar” (slightly) for the award levels. They are now at: 1-5 green practices – Bronze Award; 6-10 green practices – Silver Award; 11-15 green practices – Gold Award; 16 or more green practices – Platinum Award.

If you have questions or further suggestions, please contact me by phone (747-2708), email ( or mail (131 Shelikof Way, Sitka). And remember to share this email with or nominate other businesses in Sitka…by working together we all become stronger!


Michelle Putz, Sitka Global Warming Group
Sitka Global Warming Group

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