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GloryBee Wins the 2014 Bold Steps Award

Friday, January 10, 2014

Eugene, OR – GloryBee, a Eugene-based natural and organic ingredients company, was awarded the Bold Steps Award by Mayor Piercy at the State of the city Event on January 8, 2014.

Two other companies competed for the award: Life Technologies, a global life sciences company and Rainbow Valley Design & Construction, a design/build firm specializing in environmentally friendly new homes, remodels and commercial spaces.

The Bold Steps Award recognizes Eugene-based sustainable businesses, and represents a partnership between The City of Eugene, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and BRING’s RE:think Business program. Recently updated from a semi-monthly award to an annual award, this year’s award increased the level of competition, as well as the visibility of the winner.

A number of GloryBee’s practices helped the company earn the recognition including:

• An extensive employee benefit plan, health incentives program, and a comprehensive performance evaluation program.

• In 2012, the company reduced its use of propane, natural gas, and water by 15%, 4% and 37% respectively. The company offsets 100% of its electricity consumption with Renewable Energy Certificates, and diverted 65% of all waste from landfills in 2012.

• Two primary GloryBee social initiatives – Save the Bee, which addresses the declining honey bee population, and Food for Health, which works with nonprofits to improve child health, nutrition, and physical activity.

“Eugene is nationally recognized as a leader in sustainability not simply because of our policies, but because of the commitment and innovation of businesses and residents who are working to improve environmental quality and grow our green economy,” said Mayor Kitty Piercy. “Working together we are creating a greener, more sustainable, and livable city.”

For the City of Eugene, sustainability means considering and balancing all three aspects of the triple bottom line – people, planet and prosperity – to address the community’s present needs without compromising future generations. The Bold Steps Award recognizes businesses that embody this vision and are taking bold steps in each area of the triple bottom line.

The trophy will be passed, Stanley Cup-style from winner to winner each year. Nameplates for each winning business will be added to the trophy each year.

About the Bold Steps Award Program

This was the first year of the re-envisioned Bold Steps Award program. To qualify for next year’s consideration for the Bold Steps award, businesses must be certified through BRING’s RE:think Business program by August 2014, with additional information provided via the Bold Steps Award application. Through RE:think Business, businesses receive free, on-site consultation to reduce waste and save money. Bold Steps finalists will receive public relations and marketing support about the award and a professionally produced 60-90 second video about their triple bottom line efforts. Local marketing and research firm bell+funk conducted focus groups with business owners to design an award program that provided business with the benefits they wanted, then developed a logo and marketing materials for the program.

Further information about the Bold Steps award and a link to the application is available on the City of Eugene website at eugene-or.gov/boldsteps. To learn more about RE:think Business, go to BRING’s website at www.bringrecycling.org and click on the RE:think logo. Businesses with current RE:think Business certification do not need to repeat the program to be considered for the Bold Steps Award.

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