Awards & recognition: 2011 | PCC Natural Markets

Awards & recognition: 2011


Seattle Parks and Recreation — 2011 Denny Awards for Volunteer Service

PCC was the recipient of the Corporate Partner Award for its sponsorship and participation in the Seattle Parks and Recreation's Big Day of Play, a family-oriented day of activities held in August 2011. Among other qualifications PCC was acknowledged for providing stellar leadership related to enhancing and preserving parks and creation programs


Seattle Business magazine — 2011 Washington Green 50

PCC was acknowledged as the only grocery retailer among Washington’s state’s 50 most sustainably operated organizations.

2011 Parent Map Golden Teddy Awards — Winner: Grab-and-Go Food Spot

PCC was the winner in the "Grab-and-Go Food Spot" category of ParentMap’s Golden Teddy Awards contest. The competition recognizes the best businesses and resources in the greater Seattle area for kids, families and parents. Winners were determined based on reader votes submitted over one month in more than 70 categories and were highlighted on KING 5 TV’s "New Day Northwest." ParentMap — a resource for families in PCC’s market area for more than eight years – publishes a monthly print magazine with free distribution of 65,000 copies, and hosts a website with about 35,000 unique visitors a month.

2011 Best Workplace for Recycling and Waste Reduction

King County (WA) Solid Waste Division — 2011 Best Workplace for Recycling and Waste Reduction

PCC was one of 89 King County businesses and organizations to be recognized as a "2011 Best Workplace for Recycling and Waste Reduction." The award was given to organizations that met five basic requirements, as well as ten additional waste reduction and recycling criteria. PCC is one of only ten King County entities to earn “Honor Roll” status by qualifying as a Best Workplace for five years in a row.

The Organic Center — Leadership in Action award

PCC was honored by the prestigious The Organic Center for leadership in non-GMO food policy, deemed the most far-reaching among the nation's major natural food retailers. This recognition followed PCC's early 2011 announcement that it is committed to becoming GMO-free and is asking all manufacturers making a non-GMO claim to verify that claim with the Non-GMO Project and to label products accordingly.

U.S. Green Building Council — LEEDŽ Platinum Certification — Edmonds PCC

The exceptional design, construction and operation of PCC's Edmonds store resulted in it being the first grocery store in the western U.S. to be awarded LEED Platinum Certification. LEED is a "whole-building" rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council that evaluates building projects according to specific criteria that support human and environmental health, and is the industry standard of measurement for "green" building.

Salmon-Safe Certification — Edmonds PCC

PCC’s Edmonds store earned Salmon-Safe certification — the first commercial property in Washington State — for its environmentally innovative redesign and development of its three-acre site. Specifically, the location was recognized for harvesting rooftop rainwater for irrigation and other reuse, incorporating low input landscaping, and for treatment of parking lot runoff through its rain gardens.

More about: Edmonds, LEED certified, Non-GMO Project, Salmon-Safe, sustainability

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  • PCC has more than 52,000 members and is directed by a nine person board of trustees.
  • PCC started as a small food-buying club of 15 families in 1953.
  • PCC is the largest consumer-owned natural food retail co-operative in the United States.

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