Our goal is to provide free events that highlight current environmental topics and inspire sustainable living, including money-saving conservation practices. We partner with the City of Burlingame, the County of San Mateo, and other local cities and like-minded community and charitable organizations to share green lifestyle and sustainability information. Our 2015 series included six timely monthly speaker and film programs. We are currently putting together our 2016 program which will be posted in the coming months.
Prior speaker, film and workshop events include:
- “Gasland” film
- The Grassroots Crusade for Food Reform in California with Michael Dimock of Roots of Change
- The Pros and Cons of Graywater and Rainwater with Tom Bressan of the Urban Farmer Store
- “Dive” Film with Dana Frasz of Food Shift
- “Plastic Paradise” Film with Beth Terry, author of “Plastic Free”
- How We Can Solve California’s Water Crisis with Newsha Ajami, Stanford Director of Urban Water Policy
- Energy Upgrade California-Bay Area Regional Network 2014 Residential Rebate Program Workshop.
- Who Bombed Judi Bari? film screening.
- A Fierce Green Fire film screening.
- Bag It film screening.
- Going Green without Going Broke (energy conservation speaker panel and workshop).
- Climate Crises film screening.
- Comfortable, Healthy and Energy Efficient Homes speaker event.
- The European Passive House Standard-A Study in High Performance speaker event.
- How to Get Rid of your Turf (and save money) speaker event.
- Xeriscape – Landscaping with Less Water speaker event.
- Award Winning Green Architecture – Building Toward a Post Carbon Future speaker event.
- Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Healthy People – Local Organic Farming speaker event.
- 12 Months of Color using California Native Gardening speaker event.
Individuals and groups are welcome!
What can you do?
- Review Adopt-A-Tree Program Information (download Program Information).
- Select from the tree adoption list here.
- Register. Complete The City Registration Form (download Registration Form).
- Mail completed Registration Form to Burlingame CEC, PO Box 117926, Burlingame, CA 94011-7926 or Email complete PDF or JPEG file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Water each adopted tree weekly during dry periods for 2 years (1 year for school/student groups).
- Notify The City Parks and Recreation Department at 650-558-7330 of needy trees requiring maintenance.
- Donate to The City of Burlingame Tree Fund (call 650-558-7330 for additional information).
- “Tree City USA” designation for 35 years as of Arbor Day 2014. At the March 7, 2014 Arbor Day celebration, Cal Fire point out that Burlingame is the longest-running “Tree City USA” in Northern California.
- National Environmental Hall of Fame award in April 2011 for positive sustainability actions in April 2011.
- Adoption of San Mateo County Prohibition on the Use of Polystyrene Based Disposable Food Service Ware by Food Vendors effective May 2011. Learn More.
- Leaf Blower Ordinance effective July 1, 2012. Learn More.
- Burlingame Green Building Code effective January 1, 2014. Learn More.
- Adoption of San Mateo County Single-Use Carry-Out Bag Ordinance effective Earth Day, April 22, 2013. Learn More.
- Launched the Bay Fields Community Garden at 1125 Airport Blvd. in Burlingame in 2013.
- Burlingame Adopt-A-Tree Program.
- Electric Vehicle Charging Station(s).
- Burlingame Bayside Community Garden.
- Money saving opportunities to Green your Home, like the Energy Upgrade California Program for San Mateo County.
- Water conservation.
- Energy conservation.
- Recycling and Reducing Waste.
- Inspired recycling by partnering with the Burlingame Library Foundation to promote donations and used book sales during Green Fair recycling events.
- Supported the Beekeepers’ Guild 2013 campaign for consistent County-wide policies to protect bees.
- Encouraged sustainable lifestyle choices for Burlingame High School students by providing seeds for the Schools 2013 community garden and recycling stencils to promote better student recycling in 2012.
- Successfully campaigned against 2010 Proposition 23 that would have suspended Assemby Bill 32 that requires the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Proposition 23 did not pass. The suspensions would have continued until unemployment fell from its 2010 level of 12.3 percent to 5.5 percent for a full year–which has happened just three times since 1976.
Burlingame Fresh Market
CEC volunteers are happy to provide sustainability information and answer questions at the CEC table at the Burlingame Fresh Market between 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM on selected 3rd Sundays of each month. Check the events calendar for dates.
Annual Bike to Work Day
Each May, the CEC partners with Commute.org (formerly Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance) to get local residents out of their cars and onto their bikes and/or public transportation. CEC volunteers staff an “Energizer Station” at the Burlingame CalTrain Station that includes free goodies for participants.
Peninsula Food Runners
Peninsula Food Runners (PFR) is a volunteer organization that reduces food waste by diverting edible surplus food from landfill (where it would rot and produce climate-butchering methane gas) and to those who are in need.
PFR volunteers pick up excess perishable and past-its-prime nonperishable food from donators such as restaurants, caterers, bakeries, wholesalers, grocery stores, event planners, corporate cafeterias, farmer market vendors, and hotels. Its volunteers then deliver it directly to shelters, neighborhood feeding programs and affordable housing locations. Currently, PFR diverts 30,000 meals a week from landfill and to those in greatest need.
Go here http://www.peninsulafoodrunners.org/wp/ to donate food, volunteer or learn more about PFR.
Burlingame Green Fair
The annual Burlingame Green Street Fair is a free event organized by CEC volunteers that offers a free fun-filled day of sustainability information, children’s activities and entertainment for family members of all ages. The 6th annual Fair was held on September 15, 2013, making it the longest running Green Fair on the Peninsula. The fair is a great opportunity to enjoy the day with family and friends at an event focused on sustainability and local green lifestyle choices. Sponsors, Exhibitors and Volunteers are welcome. The Fair is on hiatus in 2014, while the CEC seeks additional partnerships and volunteers to help organize future fairs. Please email us at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering or co-hosting future fairs.
Other Past Programs
Since late 2009, CEC volunteers have accomplished so much in such little time:
- Developed an effective CEC Mission Statement, organization structure, logo and website.
- Achieved Section 501(c)3 Charitable Status as a Fiduciary Program of Acterra Action for a Healthy Planet July 1, 2010.
- Analyzed and updated the City’s 2009 Climate Action Plan in Feb 2010 (Volunteer CEC Sustainability Coordinator Intern).
- Manage and organize the Burlingame Green Fair.
- Conduct ongoing community outreach through the Burlingame Fresh Market and events like Burlingame’s “Art in The Park”.
- Implemented the multi-city Drive Less Challenge in Burlingame that started on Earth Day and continued from 2010 to 2012.
- Partner with Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance for annual “Bike to Work Day” and local “Bicycle Safety Workshops”.
- Sponsor and/or co-host ongoing free local green speaker, film screening and workshop events.
- Ongoing advocacy for City sustainability measures resulted in the City’s establishment of a Green Information Group (GIG) that shares local sustainability information and created a Green Building Informational Display at City Hall.
- Encouraged and promoted City adoption of the San Mateo County Polystyrene and Single Use Bag Bans and a local Leaf Blower Ordinance that reduced noise and air pollution throughout the City.
- Supported establishment of a local Community Garden that was successfully launched by the City in 2013.
- Continue to encourage the City to make local green improvements, including electric vehicle charging stations.
- Partner with the City to promote programs, like Adopt-a-Tree, that encourage community involvement in greening our City.
- Open the file below for a list of CEC activities since November 2009.