Avista has a long history of working with consumers, local governments, and state and federal agencies to protect and enhance natural resources. Here are some of the awards and recognition we’ve received for our environmental efforts:
- Take Pride in America and Take Pride in Idaho Awards for helping construct the Cabinet Gorge Kokanee (salmon) Hatchery on the Clark Fork River (Avista contributed $1.1 million and 17 acres of land)
- 1995 Regional Forester’s Public Service Award from the U.S. Forest Service for fishery, wildlife and recreation projects in northern Idaho and northwestern Montana
- 1999 Hydro Achievement Award for Stewardship of Water Resources from the National Hydropower Association for early adoption of the collaborative relicensing process on the Clark Fork River
- 2000 Governor’s CommuteSmart Award for efforts to substantially increase Avista employees’ use of commute alternatives
- 2000-2005 Outstanding Stewardship of America’s Rivers recognition from the National Hydropower Association for generating clean, renewable hydropower while protecting and enhancing water resources in the Clark Fork River area
- 2001 Association of Washington Businesses Environmental Excellence Award for cooperative development of a system that uses ash from waste wood power plants to reclaim toxic soil at Superfund sites
- 2003 Phoenix Award for Community Impact for redevelopment of a former brown field/junkyard into a multi-purpose sports complex
- 2004 Hydro Achievement Award for Recreational Stewardship from the National Hydropower Association, in recognition of creativity, ingenuity and a commitment to excellence in the collaborative implementation of the Clark Fork Recreation Resource Management Plan
- 2005 Clean Air Award from Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority, for initiating programs successful in reducing air emissions at Northeast Combustion Turbine and for development of a program that repairs or replaces Spokane’s highest emitting motor vehicles
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Over the years we’ve been presented four Environmental Excellence Awards from Washington State for environmental stewardship and conservation of natural resources. Here’s what we did that got their attention:
- Washington Irrigation and Development Company (WIDCo) mining reclamation program conducted at the Centralia Generating Station in western Washington (1975)
- Kettle Falls Generating Station’s use of state-of-the-art emission controls to generate electricity from wood-waste (1985)
- Endangered Peregrine Falcon Release Program in cooperation with the Audubon Society and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (1990)
- Bass Habitat Enhancement Program on Long Lake in cooperation with Spokane area bass clubs and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (1991)
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We’ve also been recognized for our work in recycling and waste reduction. Here’s a list of our regional and state awards in that area:
- 1990 Regional Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling Award from Spokane County
- 1991 Renew America Award for creation of Pacific Materials Exchange, a cooperative program to provide opportunities to recycle industrial waste
- 1996 Spokane Recycles Award from Spokane Regional Solid Waste System
- 1996 Inland Northwest Green Star Award from Associated Industries
- 1996 Best Large Business Recycling Program Award from the Washington State Department of Ecology
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And we’ve been commended for our help with recreation and community education programs. Here are the honors we’ve been given for our support:
- 1993, 1994 and 1999 Regional Awards of Merit from the National Water Safety Congress for outstanding efforts, accomplishments and contributions to water safety for the company’s hydro public safety work
- 1999 U.S. Forest Service Directors’ Award for continued financial and staffing support for Kids’ Fishing Day at Triangle Pond in Noxon, Montana
- 2004 Summit Independent Living Center, Inc. Certificate, in recognition of Avista’s efforts to make outdoor recreation sites in Sanders County, Montana, accessible to people with disabilities
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