Honeyrose Bakery has been rewarded for its environmental efforts with a Green Business of the Year Award. The accolade was received by the London-based organic bakery at the 2008 Park Royal Business Awards, which took place in London on 25 November.The Royal Park industrial estate houses over 2,000 companies, but Honeyrose was picked out for its attitude to local sourcing and sustainability and its strict environmental production controls.“Honeyrose is to green business as are bees to the environment – both harmonise their activities to deliver sustainability for generations to come,” said Joseph Morris, MD of category sponsor Waterman Sustainable Energy.Lise Madsen, MD of Honeyrose Bakery, added that the company is proud to have won the award and hope it motivates other businesses to look again at how they can improve their green credentials.
An early morning fire on Tuesday left a Salmon Creek Habitat for Humanity home uninhabitable.The fire sparked around 5:45 a.m. in a bathroom on the first floor of the two-story house at 915 N.E. Tenney Road. The house is one of five in Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s Tenny Commons complex across the street from the Salmon Creek Fred Meyer.Rhonda Parker, who lives in the home, said she had just returned from taking her friend, homeowner Tammy Lacy, to work in Janzten Beach. Parker went into the house and saw the fire was “out of control.”“Something was definitely fueling it,” she said.Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department arrived within minutes and found smoke coming from the house. Crews knocked out the fire within five minutes, but it had already caused “considerable damage” to the house, said Fire District 6 Chief Jerry Green.The green home was still standing but charred inside.No one was reported injured.Lacy’s two children, Lashay Wesley, 14, and Tatayana Wesley, 13, were asleep in the house at the time of the fire. Tatayana said she woke up to the smell of smoke and — at first — thought someone had burned something while cooking in the kitchen. When she went downstairs, she saw the bathroom was on fire and left the home with her sister.The family had practiced what to do if there was a fire, Tammy Lacy said. She was glad no one was hurt and that they had working smoke alarms.