EUGENE, Ore. — As world leaders debate steps to battle climate change this week in Paris, Eugene leaders are nominating top companies that wage the fight in our backyard.

They were recognized as the 2016 Bold Steps Award nominees and include an herbal products maker, a Eugene construction company and an architectural firm.

They are all in line for mayor Kitty Piercy’s top green business award.

It has been a fundamental issue from day one for the Eugene mayor — can sustainable business become mainstream business?

“We were still wrestling with the idea of whether you can be pro-business, and pro-environment, and pro-people,” said Piercy. “The message is that you can be sustainable and be profitable as well.”

That message came through loud and clear through the funny looking trophy — the Eugene Bold Steps Award for Sustainable Business.

The award was restarted in 2014 and it’s set to recognize local businesses that subscribe to the mayor’s triple bottom line for thriving green businesses.

“For the city of Eugene, sustainability means considering and balancing all three aspects of the triple bottom line — people, planet and prosperity,” Piercy explained.

To win the award, companies adopt plans to cut their waste stream to near zero and take other steps at their properties to protect and improve the environment.

The three nominees for the 2016 award are Essex Construction Company, Pivot Architecture of Eugene and Mountain Rose Herbs.

But Mountain Rose co-owner Shawn Donnille says he hopes he doesn’t win.

“If we do, we’ll be truly honored but there’s a lot of amazing companies that are doing amazing things and we want to make sure that they get recognition.”

They’re companies out to prove that sustainability for business is here to stay. The 2016 Bold Step Awards will be announced next month at the annual State of the City ceremonies in Eugene.

Source: http://kval.com/news/local/3-eugene-companies-nominated-by-mayor-as-top-green-businesses