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Burlingame Receives National Environmental Award

The National Environmental Hall of Fame honored Burlingame Monday night for its green practices and initiatives.

The National Environmental Hall of Fame Monday night presented Burlingame with a National Environmental Award for the city’s sustainable and green initiatives.  Burlingame joined an exclusive group of cities to have received this recognition, including Seattle and San Jose.

“You have a list of achievements that is long and lustrous, and I’m very proud to be able to present these awards tonight,” said the chair of Sustainable San Mateo Bill Schulte.

The city received the award for its work including adopting Burlingame’s first Climate Action Plan, prioritizing transit-oriented development as part of a new downtown specific plan and organizing an annual Green Street Fair.

Mayor Terry Nagel highlighted the work of the Burlingame Green Ribbon Task Force and Citizens Environmental Council for helping Burlingame innovate new programs creating a sustainable city.

“I am very proud of the many citizens who have stepped forward to make the environment a priority in our city,” Nagel said, noting it was the Green Ribbon Task Force that really got the environmental ball rolling back in 2007.

Schulte also commended the city staff and their dedication to educating the community on green practices, such as lowering carbon emissions.

Burlingame boasts other green accomplishments, as well, such as hiring a green-building specialist, participating in the Drive Less Challenge encouraging alternate means of transportation, adopting green building ordinances and eliminating solar panel permit fees.

For more information on the environmental work underway in Burlingame, visit www.burlingame.org/sustainable.

Tim Chafee April 08, 2011 at 03:09 PM
LOL. The sewage that flowed into the bay wasn't green and the garbage company the city contracted with is lazy is almost useless. Just for starters
kathy April 09, 2011 at 12:14 AM
It's easy to complain while doing nothing to promote change! Instead, consider getting involved or taking small personal steps to make a difference in the world. The City is taking steps to improve. FYI-The Recology waste collection contract was signed by the County of San Mateo. While not perfect, it's now simpler to recycle with the big blue can and weekly green recycling collection that includes compostables (both positive changes). I reduced my non-recyclables to a tiny amount thanks to the Recology changes. Consider coming to the May 15, 2011 Burlingame Green Fair to learn what you can do to make a difference in the community (www.burlingamegreenfair.com). Every little bit helps!

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