CEC provides free events that highlight current environmental topics and inspire sustainable living. 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. Check our flyer for the 2018 program. All programs are free.
Recent speaker, film and workshop events have included:
- How Will Sea Level Rise Impact You, Your Family and Your Community? with Hilary Papendick of San Mateo County’s Office of Sustainability.
- Grassroots Advocacy 101 program and Grassroots Advocacy Skill Building half-day workshop with professional trainer Brian Rawson.
- “Before the Flood” film screening, “The Plastic Bottle Controversy Explained” film by student Jeffery Chen and presentation by attorney representing 21 young people who are suing the U.S. government for failure to take action against climate change.
- The Growing Problem of Electronic Waste.
Other programs have featured climate change, sea level rise, food waste, gray water and rainwater recycling, plastic-free living, California’s water crisis, opportunities for energy- and water-efficiency upgrades, water-wise landscaping, artificial turf, fracking, composting, the sharing economy and many other environmental and sustainability topics.
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).
Partnering with Other Groups – CEC partners with San Mateo County’s Office of Sustainability, the City of Burlingame, Burlingame School Green Teams, the Sierra Club, other organizations and community members to advocate, inspire and support positive actions that reduce CO2 emissions, conserve limited natural resources, and improve the quality of life in our community.
Environmental Internship Program – In partnership with the City of Burlingame, CEC is offering internships for high school students with an interest in sustainability issues. The program is open to sophomores and juniors who live or attend school in Burlingame. Learn more.
OptUpBurlingame Clean Energy Campaign – CEC is offering incentives to Burlingame residents and businesses to encourage them to opt up for ECO100 with Peninsula Clean Energy, which is 100 percent sustainable and carbon free. Learn more.
Water Bottle Program with Burlingame High School – CEC is underwriting the cost of BPA-free aluminum water bottles that Burlingame High School students are selling to raise funds for environmental projects.
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 to Peninsula Food Runners website to find out how to donate food, volunteer or learn more about PFR.
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 Bike to Work canvass bags, energizing treats and other goodies for participants.
Adopt-a-Tree Program – CEC and the City of Burlingame invite you to join us in the greening of Burlingame by volunteering to water a tree during its first two years.
“Tree City USA” designation for 38 years as of Arbor Day 2017. Burlingame is the longest-running “Tree City USA” in Northern California.
Third place during 2016 in the statewide CoolCalifornia Challenge, working with residents to reduce energy and water use; earned more than $16,000 in prizes
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 Bayfields Community Garden at 1125 Airport Blvd. in Burlingame in 2013.
- Burlingame Adopt-A-Tree Program
- Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
- Burlingame Bayside Community Garden
- Energy-, water and money-saving opportunities for residents and businesses
- Water conservation
- Energy conservation
- Recycling, composting and reducing waste
Other advocacy efforts include:
- Advocated for San Mateo County’s first ordinance requiring electronic waste to be disposed of by certified recycling companies. The county Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ordinance in October 2017.
- Regularly partners with the city to promote donations of electronics and used books during recycling events.
- Supports the Beekeepers’ Guild campaign for consistent countywide policies to protect bees.
- Encourages sustainable lifestyle choices for Burlingame High School students by providing seed funding for environmental projects, including a schools community garden and equipment to promote better student recycling.
Burlingame Green Fair – The annual Burlingame Green 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 has been on hiatus since 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.