(note: click the awardees name to read about their contributions)
Ruth Peterson Award:
Beth studied languages and linguistics at Duke; there she met her husband, Raj, whom she married in New Delhi in 1966. She continued her studies at Northwestern University, earning an MA in linguistics studying the transition from ancient Indo-European languages to modern Indian languages while simultaneously having the first of her two sons. She later studied early childhood education at San Francisco State, and law at San Mateo Law School. She speaks Hindi, French, and Russian.
As a “doer” and volunteer, Beth has contributed to many local nonprofits and community activities. She founded A Legal Help Committee for indigent people and seniors and convinced many of her lawyer colleagues to provide free legal services. She currently serves on the board of the Burlingame Music Club and her neighborhood association, and is a trained CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member and organizer of the emergency response team. She has long been and remains a very active board member of the League of Women Voters, and has served as President of the local chapter. In 1995, Beth and 8-9 league members from around the US were selected by US State Department to travel to Russia to interact with Soviet Block women’s groups to conduct workshops on democracy and the importance of grassroots action. Following this, her family hosted some of these women in return visits. Beth served as SSMC’s liaison to the League of Women Voters for several years during which the two organizations co-sponsored a very successful video meeting on Pen TV in 2000 about the electricity crisis.
PACIFICA BEACH COALITION and PRESIDENT LYNN ADAMS
SAN MATEO COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT
SUNWORK RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS
Honorable Mention: SAN BRUNO PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT
Green Building Awards:
GILEAD 309 VELOCITY • Architect: DES Architects + Engineers; Builder: DPR Construction; Owner: Gilead Sciences
- vertical structures that provide more open space and efficient use of the site
- a highly-effective transit demand management (TDM) plan
- a commuter bus program to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips
- 50% reduction in water demand for landscaping with a fully-automated drip system
- on-site stormwater management with extensive treatment measures.
Instead of impervious surface parking, the campus design of the Gilead 309 Velocity project adopts a more sustainable strategy including a parking structure and stormwater retention and treatment systems. This strategy also created more opportunity for landscaping and outdoor public spaces. The site treats 100% of its on-site stormwater, reducing runoff pollutants by approximately 90%. The project uses smart irrigation controller with weather and leak detection sensors.
Gilead’s partnership with Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance included four stops on the campus and increase usage. In addition, Gilead launched a new commuter bus program to bring over 800 employees to and from the entire campus.
Thank You to our 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 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 Awards Committee Volunteers:
Joanne Bruggemann, Molly Cornfield, Nancy Crabbe, Adrienne Etherton, Ricki McGlashan, Sarah Prescott, Katy Rhoades, Robin Rodricks, Afsoon Shahrdar, and Dee Sreedhar.