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5:30-6:30 PM Wine and Beer Reception, Networking, Silent Auction, Live Auction Preview, Raffle Ticket Sales
6:30-9:00 PM Dinner, Award Presentations, Live Auction and Raffle Drawing

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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.

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Since 1999, SSMC has presented the annual Sustainability Awards program, an event that heightens 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, San Mateo County RecycleWorks, and the San Mateo County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects present a Green Building Award. To date, over 100 Sustainability and Green Building Awards have been given among hundreds of worthy nominations. The goal is to inspire and support sustainable design in architecture and to recognize the designers, builders, and owners of green buildings in San Mateo County. More than 350 community leaders, volunteers, interested citizens, and local media representatives attend the awards event.

2015 Award Winners!

Ruth Peterson Award: Tom Rounds

Sustainability Award Winners: 
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company
GreenCitizen, Inc.
Puente de la Costa Sur

Green Building Award Winner: Nueva School at Bay Meadows
Architects: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects • Builder: Devcon Construction, Inc. • Owner: The Nueva School

Green Building Honorable Mentions: 

Johnston’s Saltbox, San Carlos • Architect: Glass Associates, Inc. • Builder: The Midglen Studio • Owners: Sean and Jennifer Johnston

Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Replacement Hospital • Architect: HOK Architects / Polytech Associates, Inc. • Builder: Rudolph & Sletten, Inc. • Owner: Kaiser Permanente

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Ruth Peterson Award – Tom Rounds
The 2015 Ruth Peterson Award recipient, Tom Rounds, has been crucial to Sustainable San Mateo County’s work for nearly a decade. From first coming across an Indicators Report in an office lobby in 2005, to serving as Treasurer on the board, his advice, practical help and hands-on approach have helped make SSMC what it is today. He first volunteered on the Indicators Committee, researched individual indicators and then was editor of the City Reports sections for many years. Founder Ruth Peterson saw that his knowledge of budgets and accounting would be very helpful, and she persuaded him to become Treasurer. SSMC’s mission resonated with him and enabled him to know that he was part of a solution for our county’s future.

2015 Sustainability Awards

Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company
In addition to making award-winning handcrafted beer, Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company practices a philosophy of re-utilization. The business refurbishes materials and equipment to use internally or for other businesses and groups that can benefit by re-utilizing items otherwise headed for the scrap pile. The brewery is also pioneering inventive bio-chemical research and has a prototype methane reactor designed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. These efforts promote a new green business standard not only for the brewing industry but as a sustainable waste diversion strategy for any company looking to balance environmental conservatism with economic prosperity. Opening the brewery to the public on Fridays gives residents from every part of the social spectrum a chance to meet, talk and share ideas. For the past 14 years, sustainable practices have allowed Devil’s Canyon to give back more—by taking and using less.

GreenCitizen, Inc
GreenCitizen’s mission is to develop a sustainable metropolitan model that provides individuals and businesses with a convenient and accountable way to reuse and recycle electronics. Though electronic waste makes up only 2% of America’s trash, it accounts for over 70% of our hazardous waste. Everything dropped off at eco-centers and transported to headquarters in Burlingame is either refurbished and resold, or dismantled. GreenCitizen promotes environmental health through reuse and recycling, ensuring that e-waste does not get sent to a landfill. Additionally, GreenCitizen hosts a local student volunteer program called Techbridge where students earn laptops for foster youth by volunteering their time to sort electronics at the main processing hub.

Puente de la Costa Sur
Puente de la Costa Sur is the only Community Resource Center in the region, serving the communities of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar, and San Gregorio. They are an indispensable resource especially for the underserved Latino & farmworker communities. Puente initiated and manages Pescadero Grown! – a vibrant farmer’s market in Pescadero & La Honda featuring the region’s local, organic farmers. The organization provides education and leadership development programs designed to transform lives and support residents to advocate for themselves. Additionally, Puente advocates for fair, equitable practices in the areas of education, youth employment, housing, medical care, transportation, and food security. Puente offers English & Spanish classes, tutoring, youth employment opportunities, health insurance enrollment, mental health support and various classes and workshops that help residents prosper.

2015 Green Building Awards

Nueva School, San Mateo
The Nueva School is an powerful example of a LEED Gold building which creates an ecology of learning for current and future students. The school is a creative laboratory for learning about sustainability in a bright, innovative design. The integration of exterior and interior spaces is inspirational and refreshing. Nueva selected an excellent site for a high school which draws students from the region via Caltrain. The result is a reduction in automobile traffic which will in turn reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Utilizing natural ventilation, day-lighting and photovoltaic panels, this Green Building exceeds the 2030 Challenge of carbon neutrality by using 65% less energy than a typical high school.

Honorable Mention: Johnston’s Saltbox, San Carlos
The Jury was impressed by this sensitive adaptive reuse of an existing hardware store into an attractive neighborhood restaurant. The Saltbox has good proximity to transit for patrons and workers and a fluid indoor/outdoor connection. Unusual in an urban setting, the new rooftop garden provides sustainably produced herbs and vegetables for the restaurant below, a draw for San Carlos Locavores.

Honorable Mention: Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Replacement Hospital
The new hospital for Kaiser Redwood City is an ambitious large-scale institution headed for LEED Silver certification. An impressive sustainability contribution is that greater than 45% of the construction workforce lived locally, with 50% being from minorities. Kaiser received a significant rebate from PG&E based on the designed energy efficiency of the new structure. The new building is an attractive addition to Redwood City and San Mateo County, improving health services in the region.

Raffle – Support SSMC and you could win a week-long getaway!

Raffle Tickets: 1 for $20, 3 for $50 or 10 for $100 Get yours now! (Just click on “register” and buying tickets will then be an option.)

Raffle prize destinations
One winner will receive a 7 night stay for 2 adults and up to 2 children at their choice of one of these four fabulous destinations: Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort, Sedona AZ; Melia Club Resorts, Cancun and Cozumel MX; Grand Pacific Resorts, Whistler and Western BC; Welk’s Desert Oasis Resort, Palm Springs, CA. (Good for 18 months. Airfare not included.)

Another winner will take home a case of great wines valued at over $240.

*Raffle tickets available online through March 25 or on-site at the Awards event on March 26. Winning tickets will be drawn at the close of the event, but you do not be present to win. Click the “RSVP/Raffle” button above, choosing your ticket amounts in addition to or instead of your event ticket.


Live Auction Items Not to Be Missed!

  • Gift of Love from Pets In Need! PIN Adoptions Specialists will help find the perfect lifelong companion. Veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, collar and leash included.
  • Actual size and weight replica Home Plate signed by the whole 2014 San Francisco Giants team. A unique souvenir of our own three-time World Series Champions with real team signatures!
  • A Day at the Capitol with State Senator Jerry Hill for 4 people, donated by Senator Hill and Bill Schulte. A fun-filled, educational day in the Capitol. Travel roundtrip on the Capitol Corridor Train to Sacramento where you will be whisked to the Capitol for a day in the legislature, including lunch with Senator Hill. Valid Tuesday-Thursday when the Assembly is in session.
  • Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company Tasting and VIP Tour for 12. Taste 6 styles of beer in their new San Carlos brewery, and get an exclusive tour of their very sustainable operation with owner and brewmaster Chris Garrett.
  • Spend three nights at The Sanctuary Beach Resort far from the crowds but right on the beach. Exquisite location near Monterey. This $1000 certificate is valid 10/1/15-3/1/16 at the lodge, spa and restaurant. Spoil and rejuvenate yourselves! After your stroll on the beach, take in the Monterey Bay Aquarium using the two adult passses in this package.

Exceptional Silent Auction Items!

  • Upgrade your interior decorations with a one-of-a-kind upcycled pieces by Carol A. Tanzi, ASID, CID aka Goddess of Garbage.
  • Spend a night in Monterey with a package including lodging, dinner, and a round of golf.
  • Watch the Giants take on the Padres on May 4 or the Marlins on May 7 from Premium Lower Box seats
  • See a performance at Broadway by the Bay, SF Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dragon Theater, California Youth Symphony, or Peninsula Symphony
  • Enjoy a coastside walking and driving tour for 6 led by Naturalist Steve Maskel, a whale watching excursion in Monterey Bay, a night in a Half Moon Bay B&B, a creative card-making class for 4-6, Tour de Peninsula Bicycle ride for 4, Tour de Fleurs in Half Moon Bay, or more local excursions.
  • Fix up your garden with $200 worth of plants and supplies, an apricot tree, a book of California native gardening, or a salad garden already growing in a pot.
  • Choose from a wide variety of artisan handcrafted items, home goods, gourmet wines and snacks, local restaurant and shop gift certificates and more!

Click here for a full preview of our silent auction.


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. Learn more here.

Presenting Sponsor: 


Special thanks to our wonderful hosts at San Mateo County Community College District!

Community Sponsors: Bohannon Development Company; Brisbane Baylands; Carol A. Tanzi, ASID, CID aka Goddess of Garbage; David Crabbe Architects; Genentech; Recology San Mateo County; San Mateo County Community College District; South San Francisco Scavenger; Sutter Health: Mills-Peninsula Health Services/Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Neighborhood Sponsors: Allied Waste; Bill Schulte; Comcast California; Cox Family; DES Architects + Engineers; Lyngso Garden Materials; Rethink Waste/SBWMA; San Mateo County Transit District

Friends: Beth and Raj Bhatnagar; Cargill; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 617 (IBEW Local 617); MidPen Housing Corporation; REV; Ricki and Doug McGlashan; San Mateo County Economic Development Agency; TDC Environmental, LLC

Thank You to our Awards Committee and Volunteers

Joanne Bruggemann, Kara Cox, Nancy Crabbe, Tammy Del Bene, Adrienne Etherton, Lynn Forbes, Chelsea Howe, Matt Jones, Ricki McGlashan, Dan Peterson, Afsoon Shahrdar, Nathanael Horton


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