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2017 Environmental Excellence Awards

The Washtenaw County Board of Public Works and Water Resources Commissioner Evan Pratt congratulate the 2017 Environmental Excellence Award winners.

  • Overall Environmental Excellence Award - Zingerman's Community of Businesses

Zingermans '17 Overall Winner

Since 1982, Zingermans has been a business leader in many ways, but they still prioritize protecting water quality, reducing waste and prevention pollution from entering our waterways.  One of Zingerman’s guiding principles is a commitment to being an active part of and improving life in our community. That principle is exemplified in their involvement with our Community Partners for Clean Streams and Waste Knot programs.

Here are a few examples of the types of projects that Zingerman's implements:

o   Regularly label their stormdrains with decals that say “Dump No Waste – Drains to River”. 

o   Installed pervious pavement at the Zingerman’s Deli

o   “Zero Waste” as a guiding principle: One of the first businesses in Washtenaw County to compost as much of        their food waste as possible, and also use reusable, compostable and recyclable food-service ware to prevent       waste from occurring.

o   Sustainably produced agriculture, reduced packaging and paper, as well as clean fleets for transportation.

 o   In 2016, they built a rain garden to capture stormwater from the parking lot.  

 Zingerman’s has truly created a culture of sustainability within their businesses which is contagious.  They share that passion for stewardship with staff and customers alike.  Find out more about all of Zingerman's sustainability efforts online.

We are proud to recognize Zingerman’s Community of Businesses for their leadership within our community.  



  • Waste Reduction and Recycling Award – The Betty Brigade

Betty Brigade '17 Waste Reduction and Recycling Winner

The Betty Brigade is a service-oriented business based in Ann Arbor, whose self-described mission is “helping people get things done,” at home or in a professional setting, The Betty Brigade helps with organization, moving coordination, home staging and other handy-“man” services.

They prioritize environmentally sustainable waste management practices in all their jobs. When The Betty Brigade cleans out a home or office, their company makes a conscious effort to sell (via consignment or other means), to donate or to recycle as much as possible, which is a unique feature for this type of business, to "go the extra mile” to keep materials from entering the landfill.

One important service The Betty Brigade offers is cleaning out hoarder houses of Washtenaw County. Even when sifting through such chaos, The Betty Brigade ensures all toxic materials are disposed properly through the County’s Household Hazardous Waste program, and ensures all recoverable materials are brought to the Drop-Off Station for recycling.

The folks at Betty Brigade believe there is a responsible way to help people get organized, and by practicing the “3-Rs – Reduction, Reuse and Recycling,” The Betty Brigade helps their clients save money and helps the environment along the way. 

Congratulations to The Betty Brigade!

  • Water Quality Protection Award – Saline Environmental Commission

Saline Env Commission '17 Water Quality Winner

The Saline Environmental Commission organizes regular educational campaigns to mark storm drains with decals that say “Dump No Waste – Drains to River”.  

They Promoted the conversion of a riparian vegetated buffer along the dog park to reduce erosion and protect water quality and regularly share environmental information at a monthly farmer’s market table.

Saline Be Green also championed a campaign that donates food grade barrels to be converted into rain barrels, created an instructional video and held classes to teach people how to create their own rain barrels.

The Saline Environmental Commission supports environmental efforts throughout the community and was a staunch supporter of the creation of the rain garden at the Saline Library.

Congratulations to The Saline Environmental Commission!

  • Pollution Prevention Award – Lambert Industries, Inc

Lambert Industries '17 Pollution Prevention Winner

Lambert Industries was established in 2004, and has since grown into a 24,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, which provides machining and assemblies for multiple industries.

As part of Washtenaw County’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Program, Lambert Industries goes above-and-beyond the minimum requirements for eliminating and reducing risks associated with storage of hazardous materials. Their facility also features an epoxy-coated concrete floor, which further prevents any materials from permeating through the flooring in the event of a spill

Lambert Industries uses a vegetable-based cutting fluid instead of petroleum-based substances and also make it a point to recycle all their scrap metals.

Lambert has one of the cleanest facilities in the Pollution Prevention program and encourages a safe working environment by eliminating health and safety hazards to employees and by taking a pro-active approach to protecting the environment.

Congratulations to Lambert Industries!


See the 2017 event photos here.

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