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 Fujimi Corporation

Tualatin's City Manager joined CWS in presenting the award to Fujimi staff.

The 2016 Environmental Excellence Award was presented to Fujimi Corporation’s Tualatin manufacturing facility for its innovative approach to energy reduction. Fujimi was founded in Japan in 1950 and began operations in Tualatin in October 1996. Their products range from polishing abrasives for silicon wafers to chemical products required for multilayered circuits on semiconductor chips, and abrasives for computer hard disks.

Fujimi implemented a project to save energy by reducing the number of air compressors and leaks in one of its manufacturing processes. Seven old compressors were replaced with three more efficient models, eliminating the supportive sub-system saving energy and cutting operational costs. The new system recovers wasted heat from the operating compressors to heat the building. The project also yielded a schedule of standard inspections to track air leaks at the source using state of the art 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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