Etcetera - 05/13/10

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In an awards ceremony during the Earth Fair April 24 in downtown Walla Walla, Coffey Communications won grand prize for the local organization with the highest percentage of members commuting green to their workplace on Earth Day. Coffey's 104 employees had a 57 percent green commute rate. Additional prizes in the Green Commute Competition went to a variety of organizations and individuals who participated in the event, according to a release.

The second-prize winner in the overall organizational competition was Wheatland Village with a 39 percent participant rate, followed by third-prize winner US Forest Service Walla Walla Ranger District with 30 percent.

In the Schools and Colleges division, first prize went to Whitman College faculty and staff; second prize going to Walla Walla Community College faculty and staff. A special prize went to Blue Mountain Action Council Americorps volunteers for the highest overall percentage of commuters to a special site.

Other organizational awards were given in the Green Days of Worship competition to Congregation Beth Israel for 100 percent participation and Walla Walla Friends Meeting (Quaker) for 83 percent participation.

The top individual prize given to members of participating organizations was a new bicycle from Bicycle Barn, sponsored by Walla Walla 2020 and Coffey Communications and was won in a drawing by Kris Barry of Whitman College. In a similar competition between faculty and staff at WWCC, student Gabriel Mari won a new bicycle from Allegro Cyclery, sponsored by the WWCC ASB and Go Green student club and staff member Debbie Conklin won a VIP parking space.

Other individual prize winners were Sonja Aikens, Becky Kennedy, Leesa Phaneuf-Reynolds andrea Seymour and Matt Reynolds of Whitman College; Ruby Hain, Hope Patterson, Heather Bierwagon, Lauren Awbrey and Sarah Lorenz of the YMCA; Dave Morbach, Steven Hall, Terry Hostbjor and Bill Rogers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Sarah Fry, Teresa Lopez and Cynthia Torres of WWCC; Helen Davis, Randy Roger and Dr. J of the Washington State Penitentiary; Shawn Mabley and Beth Higgins of St. Mary Medical Center; Douglas Finch and Matt Reynolds of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin; Richard Flint and Dave Barcenas of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Haley Rupp and Will Gouch of Valley Residential Services; Yanel Laiblin of Baker Boyer Bank; Michelle Gwinn of BMAC Americorps; Darin Christen of the city of Walla Walla; Sean Duffy of Family Medical Center; and Sue Meredith of USFS. Additional organizations participating were Walla Walla University and the city of College Place.

Prizes for the competition were donated by many local businesses. Event sponsors were Walla Walla Area Earth Day Coordinating Committee and its Green Commute Team. For details, see www.sustainableww.org, or e-mail sustainableww@charter.net .

Prizes for the competition were donated by many local businesses. More than 650 participants in the competition saved 4,000-plus miles of Single Occupancy Vehicle travel.

by biking, walking, carpooling, taking the bus, or other low-energy alternatives, the release said.

The event was sponsored by the Walla Walla Area Earth Day Coordinating Committee and its Green Commute Team. For more information, see www.sustainableww.org, or e-mail sustainableww@charter.net .

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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