Awards & recognition: 2009
2009 Green Washington Award — Retail category
PCC was recognized for demonstrating its leadership, innovation and commitment to sustaining the environment through initiatives and actions that contribute to environmental sustainability in Washington state. All award winners are profiled in the October issue of Seattle Business magazine, the sponsor of the Green Washington Awards program. Here’s an excerpt from PCC's profile:
"For many retailers, being green means merely complying with new environmental regulations. But for those progressive retailers in the upper echelons of the ecological movement, such as Seattle's homegrown PCC Natural Markets chain, being green is part of their core identify - a bar that is raised each time it is met."
King County (WA) Solid Waste Division — "Best Workplace for Recycling & Waste Reduction"
PCC was one of 65 King County businesses and organizations to be recognized as a “2009 Best Workplace for Recycling & Waste Reduction.” The award was given to companies that demonstrate the value of creative approaches to recycling and reducing waste in the workplace. PCC has qualified for this recognition for three consecutive years and has been the only grocery retailer to qualify each year.
Supermarket News/Whole Health magazine — "Fit 25"
The PCC Kid Picks program was recognized as “Aisle Advocate – Kids’ Marketing” in Supermarket News’ annual selection of 25 retailers who “demonstrate how the industry is leading the way in getting consumers to shop smarter and live better.” The program was acknowledged for its mission “to empower kids and introduce them to healthful items they might not normally try.”
International Association of Culinary Professionals — 2009 Award of Excellence
The PCC Cooks program won the 2009 IACP Award of Excellence in the Avocational Cooking Schools category. PCC Cooks began in 1983 with in-store cooking demonstrations and has grown to almost 1,000 classes annually with 40 instructors and 200 assistants. The majority of classes are taught in six state-of-the art teaching kitchens owned and operated by PCC. Most classes are priced at $40 per person for a 2-1/2 hour class, materials and ingredients included. This award is given every other year and PCC Cooks was chosen from a field of 25 entries.
Progressive Grocer Magazine — Top Women in Grocery
Lori Ross, PCC’s director of store development, was honored with a “Top Women in Grocery” award at the senior-level, in this national award competition. This award recognized Lori’s many contributions to the growth of PCC and her leadership in introducing several green building initiatives to PCC, some of which led to the Redmond PCC being the first grocery store in the country to earn LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.