We’re overjoyed to announce our 2014 ranking as the #6 Best Green Company in Oregon! Our standing, presented by Oregon Business Magazine, was announced Wednesday during the annual award ceremony at the Nines Hotel in Portland. Our brewpub’s co-owners, Alex and Danielle Amarotico, were there to receive the coconut-wood award with the other Top 10 winners.
Every year, Oregon Business offers an anonymous employee survey to companies all over the state. From this survey they create a list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, 100 Best Green Companies and 100 Best Nonprofits. Over 16,000 employees in Oregon rank how satisfied they are with their workplace’s sustainability efforts in various areas, including recycling, composting, purchasing local, reducing overall waste and more. Out of 400 participating companies, our coworkers ranked us in the Top 10 for the fifth year in a row, and for that we send everyone a big thank you!
Standing Stone-ians listed several programs as “very important to them” in our overall sustainability plan. Through our Employee Bike Program, employees who work over 1000 hours are eligible for a free bike to get them cycling to and from work. Our One Mile Farm supplies the brewpub with meat and eggs from animals raised just a mile down the road, and employees love fueling up on the local fare. Finally, our recycling and composting program requires everyone being on-board with sorting kitchen and brewery waste, and Standing Stone employees jump to the task everyday to make this happen.
We also want to give a big congratulations to Rogue Creamery for earning the #3 spot this year, up from #10 in 2013. We’re thrilled to join them in showing the rest of the state that Southern Oregon operates with sustainability in mind!
You can view the entire list of the Top 100 Best Green Companies online and in the June issue of Oregon Business Magazine. Many of these businesses are constantly forming unique and creative ways of operating to reduce their environmental footprints, so keep an eye on them for future news. Be sure to congratulate names any you recognize, and encourage other great local businesses you know to participate next year!