Paw of Approval Award

Polar bears depend on sea ice to hunt seals. Climate change is causing the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic. Without sea ice, polar bears will vanish from the planet. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions helps stem the tide of the disastrous effects that climate change is having on people and wildlife.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Sustainable Tacoma Commission, and Arctic Action Team are seeking nominations for the Polar Bear Paw of Approval Award. This award is open to private and public-sector businesses in greater Pierce County, Washington that are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Successful award winners will demonstrate that they have made measurable reductions in the amount of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and/or fluorinated gases (refrigerants and by-products of semiconductor manufacturing) used in operations over the last three to five years.

The deadline for 2016 Paw of Approval Award nomination has passed. If you'd like to nominate a business, check back next year!

  • Recognized in ZooPoints, which is distributed to over 15,000 households
  • Recognized through news release as a community leader in environmental stewardship 
  • Invited to exhibit at the Zoo’s annual Earth Day event 
  • Invited to an exclusive breakfast with the Zoo’s polar bears (nominee and up to 4 staff members)



Past winners

2015 Award Winner

  • TOTE

2014 Award Winner

  • Interstate Distributor

2013 Award Winners

  • Unico Properties, LLC
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Tacoma Community College
  • Port of Tacoma