2007 Awards

2007 Awards

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Since 1999, SSMC has awarded over 50 Sustainability and Green Building Awards of Excellence. We salute all our past winners for their contributions to making San Mateo County truly sustainable.

2007 Award Winners

San Mateo Public Library (Click to watch video Watch Video) opened in August 2006. The library and its construction highlight the benefits of adopting green principles, and it has earned a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Of particular note is the attention paid to the life-cycle of the building’s materials and systems. Some examples include the recycling of 90% of the old building’s demolished materials, new materials obtained from local sustainable sources, and increased energy and water efficiency. Read more…

Eleanor Williams-Curry (Click to watch video Watch Video) is being honored for her contribution to the success of young women in our county. In 1986, she founded the “Eleanor Curry Fund for Girls and Young Women” to help them achieve success. Her philosophy is summed up in this quote: “Life is full of lines drawn to keep people apart, in groups, in neighborhoods, in racial divisions, in genders. I like to influence erasing such lines.” Read more…

Rotary Floritas (Click to watch video Watch Video), sponsored by the San Mateo Rotary Club, demonstrates the effectiveness of a community group perceiving a need and filling it. The Rotary Floritas, a beautiful 50 unit facility, opened in November of 2005, and offers low-income and disabled seniors a safe, convenient and affordable option. Read more…

Samaritan House (Click to watch video Watch Video) has long provided important services to the less fortunate in our county. These include counseling of displaced persons on managing their lives, and providing clothing, medical care, food, shelter, employment assistance, and food & toys for the holidays. Samaritan House provides those services that are essential to our quality of life. Read more…

The City of Millbrae (Click to watch video Watch Video) is leading the way with two forward-thinking programs: their Energy Cogeneration Facility at the wastewater treatment plant, and their Recycling and Waste Prevention Program. The upgraded wastewater treatment plant uses kitchen grease from local restaurants to help power the plant. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases city revenues and reduces energy costs. Smart management saves money. Read more…

Honorable Mention
Receiving honorable mention are two school programs: Atherton’s Laurel School Zero Waste Program teaches sustainability though direct education in the classroom and waste reduction at lunchtime. Waste from the hot lunches is composted and turned into dirt for gardens. At Half Moon Bay’s Hatch School, the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Program improves the children’s health and nutrition with an integrated garden/nutrition/physical fitness curriculum involving kids, parents, staff and the community. Both of these programs are examples of what can be done at other schools.

The Green Building honorable mention was awarded to the Edminster-Bohner Home Renovation, a green building project in Pacifica. Juror Jacki Yahn of Jacqueline Yahn Architects commented on the the renovation, “A very resourceful project, inspired by the ecological principle that less is more. This small addition and remodel transformed this home to become energy efficient, using natural ligh and ventilation, while visually creating a bridge to nature.”

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From the 2017 Indicators Report

Between 1989 and 2014, low income wages decreased by 7% and high income wages increased by 27% in San Mateo County.

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‟The future will be green, or not at all. This truth lies at the heart of humankind's most pressing challenge: to learn to live in harmony with the Earth on a genuinely sustainable basis.”—Sir Jonathon Porritt