The judges have made their decision and the top three Green Businesses in Oak Harbor this year are Angelo’s Caffe, The BBQ Joint and Whidbey Island Naturopathic.
This is Angelo’s Caffe’s second year in a row to take top prize. In 2008, the Caffe won mostly based on the fact that they use compostable take out containers. Since then they focused their efforts on energy conservation. They got a Puget Sound Engery energy advisor to assist with suggestions and steered them toward rebates so they made changes in lighting and equipment based on those recommendations. They also conserve water, reduce waste and use non-toxic cleaners whenever possible.
The other two businesses tied for second place.
The BBQ Joint is notable because the workers use compostable take out containers and offer a lot of community support.
Meanwhile, Whidbey Island Naturopathic scored high on reducing toxins. Its recent remodel incorporated sustainable non-toxic materials. And its employees also offer a lot of education and community support.
The winner will be given an award at the Chamber Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 18. The businesses were judged in seven areas by professionals in each field. Many changes including big incentives will be offered for the winner next year. The Green Business Award application is a checklist of tips on becoming a more sustainable business with contact information for resources they might want to use.
The city offers businesses a free 90 gallon roll cart for recycling and free water audits with free low flow nozzles for faucets. PSE offers free energy advisors. Businesses can start working toward winning the prize next year.