West Marine seeking green product contest entries

August 2011 News
WATSONVILLE, Calif. -- West Marine, the nation's largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, announced that it is accepting nominations for its third-annual Green Product of the Year Award. This year's contest has been expanded to include all of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada (excluding the province of Quebec). 
By expanding the contest West Marine hopes to encourage green product development throughout the marine industry. The Green Product of the Year is a component of West Marine's BlueFuture initiative to help create a sustainable future of our planet. 

The Green Product of the Year will be announced and the award of $10,000 will be presented to the designated official winner at the 2012 Miami International Boat Show. 
"West Marine strives to be a leader in sustainability," said Geoff Eisenberg, CEO, West Marine. "We hope to inspire the marine industry to create environmentally friendly products to preserve and protect the oceans and waterways that we all enjoy." 

The contest is free to enter and open to individuals, manufacturers, distributors and/or inventors of boating products. The panel of esteemed judges includes: 
  • Dr. Randy Kochevar, PhD, Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station

  • Stan Honey, Ocean Racing Navigator, founder of Etak and SportVision

  • Bill Lee, Owner, Wizard Yacht Sales

  • Jim Leishman, Owner & VP of Nordhavn Yachts

  • Dr. Laura Strohm, President of Strohm Sustainability Consulting

  • Margaret Podlich, VP of Government Affairs, BoatUS

  • Mike Sutton, VP and Director, Center for the Future of the Oceans, Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • Randy Repass, Chairman and Founder, West Marine

  • Chuck Hawley, VP of Product Information, West Marine

  • Ron Japinga, EVP Merchandising & Logistics, West Marine

The judges will select the winner based on the following criteria: 
1) Effectiveness: Is the product as effective as competitive products in the marketplace? 
2) Economical: Is the product priced competitively with existing solutions or similar products in the market? This can be measured on a per-use basis or a cost-justified basis (use of the product will save $xx). 
3) Environmental Impact: How does the use of this product benefit the environment? Due to the diversity of product categories, this could be expressed in reduced fuel consumption, reduction of chemicals of concern, reduced air or water pollution,healthier or more abundant fish stocks or other metric. 
4) Degree of Innovation: Was the product introduced to the marketplace in 2010, 2011 or will it be introduced in 2012? Is the product different from anything else in the marketplace? Does the product incorporate new materials or technologies? 
5) Verification of claims: All environmental or efficacy claims must be verifiable and substantiated by an independent third party. Entry must provide actual data, test results, laboratory analyses, etc. 

Participants can enter the contest, as well as view the complete rules and entry requirements, by completing an entry form at westmarine.com/green between August 17, 2011 and December 1, 2011. 
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