The University of Puget Sound has received the 2018 Tahoma Business Environmental Award (TBEA) from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber.

UPS was recognized for its commitment to the environment, as signified by its motto, “Loggers Live Green.” The university’s website states that the phrase “encourages behavioral sustainability in all members of the campus community.”

Tom Taylor presents the Tahoma Environmental Business Award to UPS Sustainability and Energy Manager Sage Haynes. Photo courtesy of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber.

Since 2002, the TBEA has been given annually to a forward-thinking organization dedicated to efficiency and environmental stewardship. Taylor-Thomason Insurance Brokers has sponsored the award since its beginning.

“There is a distinct connection between business and the environment. Each of our bottom lines is affected by the amount of resources we use, the livability of our community, and the overall quality of life,” said Jennifer Chernut, director of strategic engagement for the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. “What is remarkable about this award, is the businesses we highlight are not environmental mission-based organizations. Yet each of these organization’s commitment to sustainability through active transportation, conservation, reduction of waste, etc. is pronounced, appreciated, and worthy of recognition.”