Environmental Excellence and Innovation

The Environmental Excellence Awards program recognizes industries that implement innovative, sustainable actions or work in creative partnerships to improve and protect Washington County’s environment and contribute to a more viable economy. Industries with programs implemented within the prior three years are eligible to apply. Successful candidates will be those who demonstrate measurable environmental, economic and social benefits as a result of constructive projects or programs that go beyond standard techniques or regulatory requirements. Awards will be presented at our annual spring awards ceremony. The ceremony will offer the award winners an opportunity to present information and display materials about their award winning projects.

Congratulations to Lam Research Corp

Chad Oyler with Lam Research presents Lam's award-winning project.

The 2017 Environmental Excellence Award was presented to Tualatin’s Lam Research Corporation. In 2016, Lam began construction on its Tualatin Building D Lab Addition project. The project added cleanroom space in a new building served by utility centers. Lam also participated in a Strategic Energy Management Initiative in cooperation with Energy Trust of Oregon and created a task force to engage employees in saving energy and water. The task force created a basic energy map and identified multiple opportunities to save energy and water. In 2017, the Lam energy team completed five projects related to the compressed air system, HVAC, lighting and process cooling water that save electricity.

Lam Research was founded in 1980. Its headquarters are in Fremont, California. The company employs more than 10,000 people around the world and opened its Tualatin campus in 2002. Lam products help chipmakers build device features that are more than 1,000 times smaller than a grain of sand. Nearly every leading-edge integrated circuit made today has been processed with Lam Research equipment. 

Application Criteria


Does the project contribute new information on how to improve the environment? Is it a new concept or process? Has it ever been executed successfully before? Is this the first time a project like this is being used in Oregon? Is it a creative solution to a problem?


Does it make a significant contribution to improving the environment? Does it reduce health risk or conserve resources? Does it reduce a large volume or significant percentage of hazardous/toxic contaminants, solid waste, and water resources? Is it beneficial to the economy, the environment, or local community? Is it cost effective? Are people participating? Does it tackle a difficult task? Is it effective?


Describe your project's results. Can we measure its contribution to environmental quality? Is the measurement specific?


Does the project promote public awareness or education? Does it include employee training or technology transfer? Does it include "how to" guidelines/brochures/videos? Does it encourage other environmental efforts? Are employees involved in development and implementation? Does it serve as a model for other efforts?

Cooperative Effort

Does this project involve a cooperative effort between multiple entities or organizations (city/state government, industries, civic groups, schools, citizens, associations)?


Is the project self-sustaining or ongoing? Does it go significantly beyond legal requirements? Does it address other social needs, such as environmental equity? Does it solve a serious environmental problem or result in a significant positive impact on the environment?

Award Application Instructions

Please include a Letter of Nomination that describes the candidate(s) and the accomplishments as related to the criteria listed (maximum two pages). Include any documentation available such as photos, articles, brochures, and/or letters of endorsement that will assist in the review of the application. Please note-materials submitted may not be returned.

Submit to:

Source Control Manager c/o Clean Water Services
2550 SW Hillsboro Hwy 
Hillsboro, OR 97123


The deadline is March 1 each year.

Recipients and their projects may at the District's discretion, be described and presented in press releases, web pages, brochures, and/or other publications.

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