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The Mayor’s Bold Steps Award celebrates businesses that implement triple bottom line business practices which benefit the environment and the local economy while supporting employees with opportunities to boost morale, engage in volunteering, and promote work/life balance.

Each year, the City works with a committee to select three Bold Steps finalists from nominated Eugene-based business.  The 2020 Finalists for the award are Yogi TeaMarley’s Monsters, and Feynman Group. Join us and our partners from GreenLane Sustainable Business Network in celebrating these businesses at the Bold Steps Finalist event on Dec. 5th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Civic Winery at 50 E 11th Ave, in downtown Eugene.


Eugene-based businesses that are Re:think certified through BRING are eligible to be nominated for the award. The BRING Re:think program provides free, on-site consultation that helps businesses reduce waste and save money.

About the 2020 Bold Steps Finalists

  • Feynman Group is committed to using their business resources to serve and give back to the community.  Their annual Feynman Charity Golf Marathon has raised almost $150,000 for local nonprofits, and staff has donated 290 hours of volunteer time to community partners.  A certified B Corp, Feynman Group models sustainable business by ensuring that reusable and environmentally friendly giveaways are sourced for trade shows and are using electric vehicles and bicycles as they work toward their goal of phasing out gas powered vehicles from their fleet.

  • Yogi Tea/East West Tea Company is a manufacturing company that creates purposeful herbal tea blends and supports social responsibility.  East West Tea Company has implemented environmentally preferred practices and supports organic farming practices in their supply chain.  Employees have volunteered more than 500 hours to local nonprofits and staff actively support workplace preparation programs in local schools.  As one of four local B Corp certified companies, East West Tea Company has recently hired a sustainability manager as part of their commitment to sustainable local business practices.

  • Marley’s Monsters manufactures locally made reusable products that replace single-use disposables for common household items.  Marley’s ships their products using zero plastic and works with their suppliers to do the same.  This business has developed beneficial waste reduction partnerships with local nonprofits to ensure that scrap material is reused and supports their staff through job trainings and fair wages.  Marley’s  works to educate the community with online videos on waste reduction, and by providing free low-waste-living classes taught in their studios.

For more information, visit www.eugene-or.gov/508/Bold-Steps-Award-Program.



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