Congratulations to the winners of Pike Place Market's inaugural Green Star Awards!
Pike Place Fish Market was selected as the winner of the Sustainable Business Impact Award for their substantial and continual efforts for overall sustainable business practices and education.
Craftsperson Miranda Marks, owner of Rubber Revolution, was selected as the winner of the Sustainable Business Inspiration Award for her creativity in up-cycling rubber out of landfills and into durable wallets, bracelets, key chains and more.
When the idea for the Green Star Awards began, it seemed natural to imagine that the actual physical trophies should be created by skilled Pike Place Market artisans. When the RE-Team approached makers in our craft community, the response was quick and enthusiastic. A team of craftspeople was assembled representing a collective 94 years of experience of selling in Pike Place Market.
Glass artist Joshua Swanson cast the glass star from recycled glass, woodworker Kris Sacksteder formed the bases from old growth fir salvaged from the Market Sanitary Building’s renovation in the 1980s, sand etching artist Karen Kvernenes etched the award graphics, and craftsperson Charles Saul affixed the glass stars to the wooden bases, and laser-etched the winners’ names onto the hardwood faceplates. The result is stunning and represents a meaningful achievement and beautiful keepsake to be treasured.
The RE-Team, a sustainability committee charged with promoting the values of reduce, reuse and recycle for the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA), launched the new Green Star Awards program as a way to recognize leaders in the Pike Place Market business community who are leading the way in sustainability. Market businesses could self-nominate or be nominated by outside individuals for the awards. Judging criteria included businesses’ efforts to practice sustainability, including but not limited to reducing energy bills, minimizing waste, improving water management, using recycled or upcycled materials, detailed supply chain management to source renewable or sustainable products, and reducing impacts on land use. Like the Market itself, the practices used by the nominees were diverse and varied, but all centered around greater sustainability efforts.