Sustainability Award WinnersShelter Network is a non-profit organization that has been providing services to the homeless in San Mateo County for fifteen years. Its services include shelter and food plus ongoing supervision of goal setting and goal fulfillment, money management, job and housing searches, workshops on essential life skills, organized childrenâ€™s activities, licensed child care, laundry facilities, emergency money, and substance abuse recovery.
Project Build Brownfields Job Training Program is a program of OICW, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the City of East Palo Alto. It trains unemployed residents of East Palo Alto in basic construction, hazardous waste handling, and lead and asbestos abatement. Many trainees are former inmates and substance abusers. This program helps restore contaminated wetlands, build a trained workforce and revitalize the community.
Michael Scanlon is CEO of SamTrans and Executive Director of CalTrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. During the past four years, Mike has greatly increased promotion and use of public transportation within our county and between San Francisco and San Jose, reducing congestion on our freeways.
“Genentech Goes to Town” supports local small businesses in its home town of South San Francisco by giving each of its 4,500 employees $25 in “GenenMoney” for a two-week period in September. The employees spend it on goods and services at participating retailers in the downtown area. Genentech employees see how convenient it is to shop near their work and inject real currency back into the city’s economy. Genentech also has a “Green Genes” environmental program and a jobs retraining program for laid-off airport workers.
CityTrees is a non-profit volunteer group in Redwood City which brought together over 700 volunteers to plant 1,000 trees in 1,000 days in Redwood City and Fair Oaks. It also educates the public on the benefits of the urban forest.
The Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo helps fill the pressing need for high quality child care and education for the healthy development of our children on the Peninsula.
The Community Environmental Education Program of the Jefferson Union High School District invites 50-60 students annually to participate in an intense, full-time, one-semester course of environmental awareness and community involvement.
The Environment Committee of the Jefferson Elementary School District has formulated a comprehensive set of policies for waste management, purchasing procedures, environmental safety, energy and water conservation, integrated pest management, environmental education, and hazardous substances.