About the Sustainable San Mateo County 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 raffles and auctions, and presentations highlighting the achievements of the award recipients. Proceeds from the evening support Sustainable San Mateo County’s general operating funds and programs.
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Sustainability Awards will be awarded to these four recipients:
Joseph Fullerton, Energy and Sustainability Manager for the San Mateo County Community College District, for contributing to the district’s sustainability initiatives and helping to create state and national sustainability programs. Among his accomplishments are installation of the county’s largest ground mount solar array, the implementation of an advanced energy monitoring system across three college campuses, and the creation of a fellowship program that prepares the next generation of sustainably minded facility management leaders.
Peninsula Clean Energy, San Mateo County’s community choice energy program, for offsetting 680 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions while offering county customers lower electric rates, saving them $17 million during its first year of operation. The program ensures low and stable rates while investing in local energy programs such as energy storage, electric vehicle charging stations and community solar photovoltaic systems.
Proterra, for designing and manufacturing zero-emission, heavy-duty buses that deliver clean, quiet transportation. The Burlingame-based company has sold more than 500 vehicles to 64 municipal, university, airport, federal and commercial transit agencies in 29 states. Proterra estimates that its American-made electric buses have offset 14.4 million pounds of carbon emissions. The company set a world record last September with a bus that traveled 1,101 miles on a single battery charge.
Youth United for Community Action (YUCA), for developing and supporting a core group of young people in East Palo Alto who address social and environmental justice issues, including affordable housing, education, climate change, water justice and climate resiliency. Founded in 1994, YUCA is one of the longest active community-based organizations in the county.
The Green Building Award, sponsored by SSMC and the American Institute of Architects of SanMateo County, will be presented to Design Tech High School for its sustainable design targeted to achieve LEED Gold certification. It’s the first high school located on a tech company’s campus, providing new learning and recreational opportunities for students, teachers, Oracle employees and the community. It was designed by DES Architects + Engineers and built by XL Construction.
The Ruth Peterson Award, established in memory of SSMC’s founder, will be presented to state Senator Jerry Hill in recognition of his leadership on sustainability issues throughout his nearly 30 years of public service. Senator Hill was at the forefront of the successful local effort to preserve open space. He is a strong advocate for access and preservation of our precious coast, encouraged community choice energy procurement, and authored critical legislation to safeguard water and air.
Since 1999, Sustainable San Mateo County’s annual Sustainability Awards program has heightened community awareness about sustainability. The awards recognize San Mateo County businesses, community groups, and individuals that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to bringing sustainable practices to their work. In addition, SSMC and the San Mateo County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects present a Green Building Award, to inspire and support sustainable design in architecture and to recognize the designers, builders, and owners of green buildings in San Mateo County. To date, more than 100 Sustainability and Green Building Awards have been given among hundreds of worthy nominations. Each year, around 300 community leaders, volunteers, interested citizens, and local media representatives attend each annual awards event.
The Award recipients in each category receive the following:
- Community recognition of their achievements
- Opportunities for year-round promotional support and partnering with SSMC
- Two complimentary tickets to the Awards dinner (value $250)
- One year’s complimentary membership to SSMC
2018 Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsor Sustainable San Mateo County for all our activities throughout the year!
Sponsorship levels range from a $500 Friend to a $10,000 Leader.
- $500 Friend receives 2 tickets and a mention in the Awards dinner program
- $1,000 Neighborhood Sponsor receives 4 tickets and a quarter-page ad in the program
- $2,500 Community Sponsor receives 8 tickets and a half-page ad
- $5,000 Benefactor receives 10 tickets, a full-page ad and recognition from the podium
- $8,000 Partner receives 10 tickets, a full-page ad and is featured throughout the year at our regular events
- $10,000 Leader receives 20 tickets, a full-page ad and is featured throughout the year at our regular events
We also have opportunities to buy advertising space in our Awards program for prices ranging from $125 to $500.
See full details at our 2018AwardSponsor+AdForm.
Thank You to our 2017 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.
Neighborhood Sponsors: Community Bank of the Bay, DES Architects + Engineers, Genentech, RethinkWaste/SBWMA, SamTrans
Friends: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 617 (IBEW Local 617), Rosalyn Koo, Pete and Diane Lawrence, Ricki and Doug McGlashan, MidPen Housing, Peninsula Health Care District, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local No. 467, Republic Services, San Mateo County Economic Development Agency (SAMCEDA), Sustainable Home Interior Design
In-Kind Donors: Cuvée Wine Cellars, Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, Earl’s Organic Produce, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Laurie Kretchmar – Content Marketing Place, Don Nolte Photographers, Old County Cellars, Dan Peterson, Katy Rhoades, Jim Walters
Advertisers: Burlingame Citizens Environmental Council, Kaiser Permanente, Peninsula Clean Energy
Thank You to our 2017 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 2018 Awards Committee Volunteers:
Joanne Bruggemann, Nancy Crabbe, Adrienne Etherton, Ricki McGlashan, Sarah Prescott, Katy Rhoades, Afsoon Shahrdar and Dee Sreedhar.
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