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Earth Day Spotlight


Renewable Energy in Spokane

In honor of Earth Day, we thought it’d be nice to spotlight a handful of clean and sustainable businesses around the Spokane region.

Of course, this list isn’t complete – just a sample. There are many, many more companies that are clean and sustainable (listing them all would take lots of time and make for one giant blog). After reading about some area businesses that you may or may not have known about, share your thoughts on these and other clean businesses.

And the list…….

Spokane Indians Baseball Club
The Texas Rangers Class-A Short Season team plays in one of the most (if not the most) sustainable ballparks in the nation. Through the stadium’s Renewable Energy Program, the team has a number of claims to fame. Here are a few:

  • Avista Stadium and the Indians home office are powered completely by renewable energy sources.
  • The team uses Green Seal approved paper products and Neutral based cleaning products.
  • The team also added bike racks made from recycled stadium materials.

Eco Depot
This company provides construction solutions based on sustainable and renewable products. Whether it’s recycled carpet you need, Eco-Bond, SoyGuard and lots more, Eco Depot helps your business be sustainable. Like the Spokane Indians, Eco Depot is a strong supporter of clean and natural cleaning products.

CH2M HILL
This global leader has an office in Spokane, and part of its philosophy is to commit to sustainable business practices – and it walks the talk. CH2M HILL’s Target Zero program aims to foster a safe work environment, a culture of safe behavior and a drive toward no adverse environmental impact due to its work. The company measures itself to be fully honest and transparent when it comes to sustainability.

The Davenport Hotel & Tower
You might be thinking, but how could a hotel be sustainable? Good question. The Davenport Hotel & Tower uses natural gas, high efficiency boilers, automated energy control in each guest room, refillable soap and shampoo dispensers and a lot more. Just because this hotel is historic doesn’t mean it can’t be up-to-date when it comes to energy!

Unico Properties Bank of America Building
The Bank of America Building downtown is not just the tallest building in town, but received an ENERGY STAR rating in 2009 and 2010 for efficient and reduced energy use due to extensive mechanical upgrades. In 2011, the building became LEED-EB certified, the first of its kind in Eastern Washington.

One Earth Starch
This Greater Spokane Incorporated business recruit is unique in that it manufactures biodegradable packaging pellets. The pellets are ordorless, tasteless and dissolve quickly in water. The next time you see packaging pellets, think of One Earth Starch.

See other clean companies on our CLEEN NW site.

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Did you know employers can get a tax credit of $20 per month per cycling employee? The law went into effect in January of 2009 and rewards those sustainable bike commuters and their employers.

Did you also know you can get a free energy audit from the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System? Avista also offers energy audits for your business. Contacting both is a great way to know if your business is efficient.

This is just a sample of the sustainable companies in Spokane. What other ones are out there?

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