Awards & recognition

PCC's commitment to demonstrating and promoting sustainable practices is a source of pride for our shoppers and staff. It also encourages our manufacturers, suppliers and community partners to consider what they can do to support our efforts and to enhance their own.

Frequent local and national press coverage contributes to PCC's growing reputation as a reliable source of information about food safety and nutrition, organic agriculture, product standards and sustainable business practices. Our leadership in sustainable practices has also earned PCC several prestigious awards including:

2011 - LEED® Platinum Certification - Edmonds PCCU.S. Green Building Council

The exceptional design, construction and operation of our 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.The Edmonds PCC LEED Platinum certification falls under the USGBC's pilot program called “LEED for Retail: Commercial Interiors.”

2011 - Green Grocer AwardProgressive Grocer

PCC was chosen a winner in this award competition based on a “sustainability scorecard” developed by Progressive Grocer editors that included six areas: Design/construction/buidling, Site/land issues, Materials, Equipment, Business practices, and Conserving energy/resources.

2010 - Salmon-Safe Certification of Edmonds PCC

PCC’s Edmonds store earned Salmon-Safe certification — the first commercial property in Washington State to do so — 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.

2010 - Best Green BusinessThe Redmond Reporter

Votes cast by readers of The Redmond Reporter led to the Redmond PCC being honored as "Best Green Business," a category in the Best of Redmond 2010: Readers’ Choice Awards program. The awards "salute the entrepreneurs, officials and organizations that help make Redmond the Northwest gem that it is.”

2010 - Favorite Green-Collar

PCC Natural Markets was chosen as a finalist in the “Favorite green-collar company” category in the annual People’s Picks award program.

2010 - Best Workplace for Recycling & Waste Reduction King County (WA) Solid Waste Division

PCC was one of 75 King County businesses and organizations to be recognized by this award which is 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 four consecutive years and has been the only grocery retailer to qualify each year.


2009 Green Washington Award/Retail categorySeattle Business

PCC was recognized for demonstrating leadership, innovation and commitment to sustaining the environment through initiatives and actions that contribute to environmental sustainability in Washington state.

2008 - Sustainability Excellence AwardSupermarket News

PCC was selected to receive this publication's first-ever Sustainability Excellence Award (independent retailer category) in recognition of our long-standing triple-bottom line approach to business, based on practices that respect and appreciate both natural and human resources. Supermarket News is the only nationally circulated weekly trade magazine for the food distribution industry.

2007 - LEED® Gold Certification - Redmond PCCU.S. Green Building Council

The Redmond PCC was the first grocery store ever to earn LEED Gold certification.

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Achieving sustainable development is perhaps one of the most difficult and one of the most pressing goals we face. It requires on the part of all of us commitment, action, partnerships and, sometimes, sacrifices of our traditional life patterns and personal interests. — Mostafa Tolba, Chairman of the Commission on Sustainable Development

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Diana Chapman
Director of Sustainability