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2011 Awards

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The 2011 Sustainable San Mateo County Awards winners represent the forefront of those who are making positive contributions to San Mateo County’s economy, environment and social equity. The winners will be honored at the 12th Annual Awards Event held on March 10, 2011 at the South San Francisco Conference Center.

Click here to view or purchase Don Nolte’s photos from the 2011 event.

Bridge Housing’s Trestle Glen Affordable Housing Development (Watch Video)
Trestle Glen embraces the “3 E’s” of sustainability, Environment, Economy and Equity, by providing green building features in an accessible, affordable housing development. This community provides below-market-rate housing for families earning 20-25% of the Area Median Income. A GreenPoint Rated score of 128, where 50 is the minimum, was achieved by using EnergyStar appliances, bio-swales to filter rainwater, solar panels for pre-heating domestic hot water, and low-VOC paints, among others. Located close to the Colma BART station, the development includes secure bicycle parking in the garage, and preference was given to families with one or fewer vehicles, thereby encouraging reduced car ownership. With a child-care facility and play area on site, and close proximity to transportation, schools and jobs, families are able to spend more time together and engage in the community. Trestle Glen has integrated services providing residents a plan for future homeownership as well as opportunities for furthering their education and building job skills.

Earthbeam Natural Foods (Watch Video)
As a staple on Broadway Avenue in Burlingame since 1971, Earthbeam Natural Foods is one of the longest-running small businesses in the county. The store stocks only organic, local produce, providing an educational component for those wondering why they can’t find zucchini in January. They also support local businesses and farms, focusing on “food miles” to ensure quality products made under fair working conditions with minimal fuel consumption. Owner David Hinckle focuses on companies who share his commitment to sustainability, and sources products such as coffee and spices that are not available locally through Fair Trade Certified organizations. The store employs 17 people, many of which are long-time staff who are extremely helpful and knowledgeable about their products. In addition, David has given many young people their first job, including some with physical disabilities, teaching them his core values and carefully mentoring them to success.

Lyngso Garden Materials (Watch Video)
As a certified Green Business in the Bay Area, Lyngso Garden Materials provides sustainable gardening and landscaping materials and advice to the local community. With locally-sourced options for nearly every landscaping need, recycled materials, and responsibly harvested natural products, this family-owned business is the go-to place for locals hoping to improve their outdoor spaces. Their focus on the “soil food web” provides guidance for customers looking to create the living environment of an organic garden. Lyngso has a LEED-certified advisor on staff to help with design and practices that meet their stringent standards, and provides How-To clinics to educate the public. For decades Terry Lyngso, her family, and employees have been supporting local community programs through philanthropy and volunteerism.

South San Francisco Scavengers (Watch Video)
As a family-owned business South San Francisco Scavenger Company [SSFSC] has been providing solid waste collection services since 1914. To ensure that all members of the community are able to participate in this vital service, SSFSC offers specialized lifeline, senior citizen, and handicap rates. All 100 employees, many of which have been with the company for twenty or more years, enjoy a safe work environment, prevailing wages and benefits, as well as educational and training opportunities, virtually eliminating turnover. Solar panels on the material recovery facility off-set electricity requirements, and the company is seeking LEED certification for their office. The biggest environmental impacts are from the fleet servicing the communities, and SSFSC is making strides in this area as well. They use biodiesel 20, created from used cooking oil, are transitioning to Compressed Natural Gas, have purchased two of the first-available hybrid trucks, and are also utilizing GPS for route efficiency. South San Francisco Scavenger Company has been voluntarily reporting their greenhouse gas emissions to The Climate Registry, showing a 17.82% reduction since 2006.


Sustainable San Mateo County, RecycleWorks, and the San Mateo County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects sponsor the Green Building Award to support sustainable design in architecture and to recognize the designers, builders, and owners of green buildings in San Mateo County. We are happy to announce the winners of the 2011 Green Building Awards.

New Residence: Habitat for Humanity – 206 & 208 Miriam Street, Daly City
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Owner: Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
Architect: David Crabbe Architect
Builder: Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

This submission is an excellent example of how to create affordable green homes –
“Green homes can be built with conventional, relatively inexpensive materials if one pays attention to the details.” Built to be affordable for working people, it is ideally located within 1/2 mile of a Bart station and 1/4 mile of a major bus route, with a city park and retail stores nearby. It is an infill project that significantly increases the housing density while fitting into the single family neighborhood, with small front porches and fully landscaped front yards. The homes achieved GreenPoint Rated status with 139 points by utilizing solar photovoltaics, EnergyStar appliances, drought-tolerant California native plants, and low-flow water fixtures.

Residential Remodel: Shamrock Shack (Watch Video)
Owner: James and Patricia Kremer
Architect: Ann Edminster, Design AVEnues
Builder: Daniel J. Miller, Miller Construction

The Shamrock Shack is a 3rd generation green building whose story began in 1938 with the construction of the original structure using salvaged materials from San Francisco such as the wood flooring, cobblestone hearth and wood framing. The entire essence of this building embodies the concept of sustainability through the practice of re-use from the initial construction through the current renovation. The Kremer’s recognized that “it’s possible to ‘live large’ in a small space” and that by investing up-front they could create a home that’s flexible and durable enough to age with the homeowners and withstand several generations of occupants. With solar hot water and photovoltaics, FSC certified wood, spray foam insulation, energy efficient appliances, and all new low-e windows and doors, this ‘shack’ is significantly reducing its energy and water usage.

Non-Residential: College of San Mateo Health & Wellness (Watch Video)
Owner: San Mateo Community College District
Architect: Jeff Stahl, Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning, Inc.
Builder: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

The College of San Mateo’s new Health and Wellness Center makes a strong welcoming statement and refreshes a mid-century modern community college campus. This project achieved LEED Gold status by reducing the energy costs 34% and water usage 46% over a standard building. Over 96% of construction waste from demolition of the previous building was diverted from landfill, and many of the materials selected utilized recycled content or were sourced regionally. The building’s multifunctional program contributes to a sustainable community by educating vocational students who in turn provide dental and cosmetology services to the nearby residents. Along with the students on campus, the community has the opportunity to share the wellness aspects of the San Mateo Athletic Club and their adaptive physical education program.

Mixed Use: MidPen Housing’s Peninsula Station Affordable Housing Development
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Owner: MidPen Housing Corp.
Architect: Jon Worden Architects
Builder: Douglas Ross Construction, Inc.

MidPen Housing’s Peninsula Station demonstrates an impressive use of private and public funds to create an attractive multifamily project that leverages green building and creates a dense but highly sustainable community. The project achieved GreenPoint Rated status for Multifamily projects with 153 points. A solar hot water system preheats domestic hot water, and photovoltaics provide at least 10% of electricity demand. The use of public art and drought tolerant courtyard landscaping enhances the architectural experience. This project provides affordable housing for families earning between 30% and 50% of the Area Median Income near the Hillsdale Caltrain Station and Shopping Center. Peninsula Station includes a community center, computer lab, fitness center, playground, outdoor courtyards and community gardens and offers health and wellness programs, after-school programs including tutoring, computer training and financial literacy courses.

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