Habitat announces the winners of its second annual SustainIt! Awards,
voted on by the residents of the Wood River Valley.
by Jennifer Tuohy
photos by Roland Lane
Favorite Green Advocate (person)
Favorite Green Advocate (business or organization)
Favorite Green Business
Favorite Green Service Provider
1st Mountain Rides
Favorite Locally Made Product (non-edible)
1st Sun Valley Candles
Favorite Locally Made Product (edible)
1st sun valley mustard
2nd Sawtooth Brewery Beer—Ketchum's only brewery serves locally inspired brews such as Off Trail Belgo Pale Ale.
The Community School's math and science teacher Scott Runkel gained a substantial number of votes from his students to win the accolade of Wood River Valley's Favorite Green Advocate. "His passion to create a culture of sustainability beginning in kindergarten is a calling, not a job," said one of his many admirers. That passion is matched by his employer. The Community School, an independent pre-K through 12th grade school in Sun Valley, was voted Favorite Green Advocate (business or organization) and Favorite Green Business this year. Recently, the school has adopted a zero waste goal (diverting over 1,000 pounds of food waste from the landfill last year), implemented a plastic bag recycling program, and made significant strides toward building a greener campus. "As we find systems that work for our school, our goal is to be that model that others can follow," Runkel said.
Operating and advocating for sustainable alternative transportation options in the Wood River Valley, Mountain Rides served close to 500,000 passengers last year. By saving energy, reducing the valley's carbon footprint, improving air quality and reducing traffic, the organization is making a significant contribution towards creating a more pleasant environment for all. Combined with its aggressive education campaign to encourage people of all ages to walk and bike, it's no surprise the community picked Mountain Rides as its favorite green service provider.
sun valley candles
Sun Valley Candles began in 2011 as a personal project for Hailey residents Codrin Iorga and Cristiana Cristorean. Their mission was to create an all natural, 100 percent soy candle that from the cotton wick to the product packaging was fully biodegradable and made from recyclable or recycled material.
photo by joshua wells
sun valley mustard
The valley's signature spicy condiment, Sun Valley Mustard has been handmade in town for nearly 30 years. In 2012, Joshua Wells took over what was then a struggling company and has spent the last 12 months transforming the much-loved brand into a true regional success story.
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