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.

The Environmental Excellence and Innovation Award is currently on hold, check back for future opportunities. 

2018 Winner - Lam Research Corp

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

The 2018 Environmental Excellence Award was presented to Tualatin’s Lam Research Corporation based on their energy-saving efforts in two new buildings.

In partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon, Lam completed an energy analysis on existing vacuum pumps and replaced one of them based on the results of that study. The new option uses less energy in active mode and offers an additional idle mode for use when the pumps are not needed to save even more. Lam and Energy Trust of Oregon also worked together to review HVAC systems in both buildings. Through a conversion of Lam's roof top units in both buildings, the systems are better equipped to modulate temperature according to their needs and offer added energy savings.

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


Applications are due in April. 

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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