“Green Product of the Year Award” Recipient to Receive $10,000 Award
West Marine, the largest retailer of boating supplies, is pleased to bring its first annual “Green Product of the Year Award” contest to Seattle, Washington, and encourages local residents to enter its first annual contest online at www.westmarine.com/green
As part of West Marine’s mission to support the protection of the local marine environments and to promote sustainable practices in the communities in which it does business, the company will honor one grand prize winner award with $10,000 – to be presented at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show in Miami Beach, Florida. West Marine’s competition is open to manufacturers, distributors and/or inventors of boating products throughout the United States.
“West Marine is fully committed to sustainable business practices that guarantee the future of our oceans and fosters innovation throughout the boating community,” said Chuck Hawley, West Marine’s VP of Product Information. “Through this contest, West Marine plans to attract all local marine innovators who are equally committed to West Marine’s ideals of sustainability and innovation.”
Judges confirmed for the first annual West Marine “Green Product of the Year Award”:
- Mike Sutton from Center for the Future of the Oceans
- Dr. Randy Kochevar from Stanford University
- Ruth Wood, President, Boat US Foundation
- Chuck Husick, President, Owa, Inc., former President of Cessna Aircraft and Chris-Craft Boats
- Stan Honey, Ocean Racing Navigator, Founder of Etak and SportVision, Inventor of the “First Down Line”
- Randy Repass, Chairman and Founder, West Marine
The panel of judges will evaluate entries based on how well the product actually improves the marine environment (and reduces pollutants) whether or not it is cost effective, how big of an impact it will make on the environment, and the degree of innovation involved.
Applicants can view the complete rules and entry requirements and complete an entry form online at www.westmarine.com/green. All product entries must be received by November 1, 2009 at 5 p.m. PST.