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The Bold Steps Award recognizes Eugene-based sustainable businesses and is supported by a partnership between The City of Eugene, Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis, and BRING’s rethink business program. The three businesses have been named finalists for the 2019 Mayor’s Bold Steps Award are Summit BankYogi Tea, and Hummingbird Wholesale. Finalists will be recognized on December 5th as businesses that not only strive for sustainability but actively take innovative steps in each area of the triple bottom line. 


WHEN: Happy hour 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

WHERE: Party Downtown (64 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401)

COST: $8 includes appetizers (drinks available for purchase)

NOTE: This event is in lieu of a December networking luncheon.

About the Finalists:

  • Summit Bank is an independent community bank which prioritizes locally purchased goods and vendors, and reuses and recycles office goods and supplies.  Summit staff worked to finance nine homes for Emerald Village Eugene, and pledged $50,000 to Kidsports this year to ensure 15,000 children can play in the proposed Civic Park.
  • Yogi Tea/East West Tea Company is a manufacturing company that creates purposeful herbal tea blends, and supports social responsibility.  Yogi Tea purchases from a Northwest grower to reduce transportation impacts, and has also taken an innovative approach to consolidating their operations by building a LEED Certified manufacturing facility built to reduce emissions and water and energy use which incorporated construction materials that were locally sourced and/or recycled.
  • Hummingbird Wholesale is an organic food distribution company known for developing partnerships with farmers, processors and retail markets to develop vertically integrated supply chains, and for being thought-leaders in the food industry.  Hummingbird Wholesale recently constructed the Mahonia Building, a mixed use project that is the largest straw bale commercial building in Oregon—created with earth plaster made from clay and soil from the building site, incorporating reused materials throughout.


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