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La Conner Marina Honored for Preventing Pollution

Mount Vernon – The La Conner Marina was honored May 29 as one of the first five Skagit County enterprises to be certified by the Envirostar program for their efforts to prevent pollution.

The Skagit County Commissioners, acting in their capacity as the county Board of Health, recognized representatives from the marina, which is owned and operated by the Port of Skagit, and the other four Envirostars in a session televised on public access television Channel 10. Representing the port were Paul Mattos, harbormaster, and Scott Peterson, director of business development and real estate.

Any business or government facility that generates or has the potential to generate small or medium quantities of hazardous waste may apply for no cost EnviroStars certification.  Businesses receive recognition with a rating of two to five stars for good pollution prevention and waste reduction practices.  Certified businesses are listed in the Green Business Directory, the EnviroStars website, and can receive free advertising through the program.  There are nearly 800 EnviroStars certified businesses in Puget Sound counties.  These are the first certified Skagit County Envirostars:

•          Cap Sante Boat Haven - 5 stars

•          Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic - 4 Stars

•          Janette Carroll, DDS - 4 stars

•          La Conner Marina - 4 stars

•          Skyline Marina - 3 stars

Businesses may realize many benefits from EnviroStars certification:

•          EnviroStars promotes waste reduction, which can lead to cost savings. 

•          Proper storage and handling of chemicals and waste can help with employee health and retention.

•          EnviroStars’ pollution prevention practices reduce liability from leaks and spills. 

•          Three-quarters of residents from participating counties surveyed in 2007 said they are more likely to patronize a business with EnviroStars certification.

•          Customers will learn to look for the logo when doing business in Skagit County.

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Andrew Entrikin, community outreach administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email andrew@portofskagit.com