About the Awards
The Sustainable San Mateo County Awards Event is an inspiring evening that pays tribute to those working to make our region truly sustainable. Attendees are treated to a networking hour, sustainable dinner and wine, entertaining live and silent auctions, and video presentations of our winners. Proceeds from the evening support SSMC’s general operating funds and programs.
(note: click the awardees name to read about their contributions)
Ruth Peterson Award:
Beth studied languages and linguistics at Duke; there she met her husband, Raj, whom she married in New Delhi in 1966. She continued her studies at Northwestern University, earning an MA in linguistics studying the transition from ancient Indo-European languages to modern Indian languages while simultaneously having the first of her two sons. She later studied early childhood education at San Francisco State, and law at San Mateo Law School. She speaks Hindi, French, and Russian.
As a “doer” and volunteer, Beth has contributed to many local nonprofits and community activities. She founded A Legal Help Committee for indigent people and seniors and convinced many of her lawyer colleagues to provide free legal services. She currently serves on the board of the Burlingame Music Club and her neighborhood association, and is a trained CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member and organizer of the emergency response team. She has long been and remains a very active board member of the League of Women Voters, and has served as President of the local chapter. In 1995, Beth and 8-9 league members from around the US were selected by US State Department to travel to Russia to interact with Soviet Block women’s groups to conduct workshops on democracy and the importance of grassroots action. Following this, her family hosted some of these women in return visits. Beth served as SSMC’s liaison to the League of Women Voters for several years during which the two organizations co-sponsored a very successful video meeting on Pen TV in 2000 about the electricity crisis.
PACIFICA BEACH COALITION and PRESIDENT LYNN ADAMS
SAN MATEO COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT
SUNWORK RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS
Honorable Mention: SAN BRUNO PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT
Green Building Awards:
GILEAD 309 VELOCITY • Architect: DES Architects + Engineers; Builder: DPR Construction; Owner: Gilead Sciences
- vertical structures that provide more open space and efficient use of the site
- a highly-effective transit demand management (TDM) plan
- a commuter bus program to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips
- 50% reduction in water demand for landscaping with a fully-automated drip system
- on-site stormwater management with extensive treatment measures.
Instead of impervious surface parking, the campus design of the Gilead 309 Velocity project adopts a more sustainable strategy including a parking structure and stormwater retention and treatment systems. This strategy also created more opportunity for landscaping and outdoor public spaces. The site treats 100% of its on-site stormwater, reducing runoff pollutants by approximately 90%. The project uses smart irrigation controller with weather and leak detection sensors.
Gilead’s partnership with Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance included four stops on the campus and increase usage. In addition, Gilead launched a new commuter bus program to bring over 800 employees to and from the entire campus.
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Thank You to our Early Sponsors
Sustainable San Mateo County would like to acknowledge our generous sponsors, whose support is critical to the success of the Awards program and SSMC’s efforts throughout the year. Strengthen your investment in Sustainable San Mateo County by joining our list of Sponsors this year.
Neighborhood Sponsors: Community Bank of the Bay, DES Architects + Engineers, Genentech, RethinkWaste, SamTrans
Friends: Peter and Diane Lawrence, Doug and Ricki McGlashan, Peninsula Health Care District, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local No 467, San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA)
In-Kind Donors: Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Old County Cellars
Supporting this awards event is a great opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the long-term health of our community. Awards proceeds are a major source of funding for our programs. There are many ways you can contribute:
- Become a sponsor
- Purchase an ad in the program to promote your organization, express support for SSMC or congratulate the award winners
- Contribute unique, local and sustainable products, certificates or experiences to our auctions
- Provide in-kind support for the event such as food and drinks, centerpieces, invitation or program printing services
- Purchase individual tickets to join us at the dinner
- Join us as an individual, family, organization or corporate member
Questions about sponsoring the event? Adrienne Etherton, Executive Director, can help you identify the best way to participate. 650-638-2323 or adrienne[at]sustainablesanmate[dot]org
Thank You to our Honorary Host Committee:
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo; Congresswoman Jackie Speier; Jerry Hill, State Senate; Kevin Mullin, State Assembly; Don Horsley, SM County Board of Supervisors; Dave Pine, SM County Board of Supervisors; Rick DeGolia, Atherton City Council; Charles Stone, Belmont City Council; Doug Kim, Belmont City Council; Helen Fisicaro, Colma City Council; Larry Moody, East Palo Alto City Council; Kirsten Keith, Menlo Park City Council; Cat Carlton, Menlo Park City Council; Ray Mueller, Menlo Park City Council; Sue Digre, Pacifica City Council; Maryann Derwin, Portola Valley Town Council; Joe Goethals, San Mateo City Council; Rick Bonilla, Deputy Mayor, San Mateo; Shelly Masur, Redwood City Council
Thank You to our Awards Committee Volunteers:
Joanne Bruggemann, Molly Cornfield, Nancy Crabbe, Adrienne Etherton, Ricki McGlashan, Sarah Prescott, Katy Rhoades, Robin Rodricks, Afsoon Shahrdar, and Dee Sreedhar.
We have tons of fun planning the biggest sustainability party in the county. Care to join us? Contact our office at 650.638.2323 or advocate[at]sustainablesanmateo[dot]org.
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