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.