2013 Awards | Sustainable San Mateo County

2013 Awards

In honor of Ruth Peterson
14th Annual Sustainability and Green Building Awards
Education–The Root of Sustainability
Featuring President, Redwood City School Board Shelly Masur as Emcee and State Senator Jerry Hill as Auctioneer

Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 5:30PM-9PM
South San Francisco Conference Center


Award Recipients

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2013 Sustainability Award Recipient Summaries

Ruth Peterson Award: Rosalyn Koo

A life-long volunteer and social activist, Rosalyn Koo served on the Board of Directors of Sustainable San Mateo County from 2006 through 2012. As a long-time friend of Ruth Peterson’s, Roz was essential to the development of SSMC during these years, making connections and providing ideas, advice, and generous financial contributions. She has made a career out of providing assistance to low-income seniors, serving on the Board of Self-Help for the Elderly for the past 25 years and leading the agency through phenomenal expansion. Roz has received many awards for community service including her induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame in San Mateo County.

Bruce Greenstein, Skyline College, San Bruno

Bruce Greenstein is an environmental science professor at Skyline College where he inspires his students to become leaders of energy-efficiency, green-business entrepreneurship and building performance. Professor Greenstein created the Solar & Building Science Learning Center at Skyline College to educate, train, and rejuvenate the green-economy workforce so they may address our current and future energy challenges, greenhouse-gas emission reduction goals, and overall quality of life for our community. (Watch video)

Sonrisas Community Dental Center, Half Moon Bay

At Sonrisas Community Dental Center, young children to seniors on the San Mateo County Coast, who lack access to dental care because of under or no employment, pregnancy, or homelessness, receive free dental education and free or significantly reduced cost treatment. Serving 1,200 patients through 4,100 visits in 2012, Sonrisas aims to restore dental health to people in need through preventative education while empowering individuals to take control of their oral health and live happier, more productive, pain free lives. (Watch video)

RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching), Redwood City

RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) in Redwood City provides teachers, educational staff, and community groups with donated educational materials from San Mateo County businesses and residents. Founded in 1994, RAFT’s goal is to inspire, engage, and educate children with hands-on learning. Their 1,500 members have served 95,000 children in various educational programs throughout the area. (Watch video)

Recology San Mateo County, San Carlos

Recology San Mateo County’s motto of “Waste Zero” is reflected throughout their collection services to 93,750 residences and 11,000 businesses in San Mateo County. A 100% employee-owned company, Recology encourages customers to recycle and compost before sending residual waste to the landfill. In addition, they practice sustainable procurement, energy conservation, and provide a living wage for their employees. (Watch video)

2013 Green Building Award Recipient Summaries

Lower and Middle School Project, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton
Owner: Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton; Architect: WRNS Studio; Builder: Herrero Contractors, Inc.

The Sacred Heart Schools project is an excellent example of effectively applying sustainable design strategies to a school campus. The result is a beautifully integrated campus that is composed of unique buildings, each of which responds sensitively to its individual programmatic requirements and site opportunities. The simple and attractive interpretive exhibits for the greywater and stormwater are especially noteworthy and appropriate for a school campus. (Watch video)

Shoreway Environmental Center, RethinkWaste/SBWMA, San Carlos
Owner: RethinkWaste/SBWMA; Architect: J.R. Miller & Associates; Builder: SJ Amoroso, Inc.

The Shoreway Environmental Center establishes a high bar for sustainable recycling and material handling facilities in San Mateo County. Residents of the Peninsula can all be proud of its successes, including its LEED Gold certification; its inspirational Educational Center that offers free student and public tours; the super efficiency of the Materials Recovery Facility, which is powered almost entirely by on-site photovoltaics; and how it reflects and communicates the agency’s core sustainable goals and values. (Watch video)

636 El Camino, MidPen Housing, South San Francisco
Owner: MidPen Housing Corp.; Architect: BAR Architects; Builder: Devcon Construction, Inc.

Revitalizing an area along El Camino, this 109 unit workforce housing development exemplifies South San Francisco’s commitment to the vision of walkable, sustainable development along the “Grand Boulevard,” a pedestrian oriented, transit-rich El Camino Real. Ranging from three to five stories, the development provides retail frontage enlivening El Camino along with several mid block courtyards for residents to enjoy and children to play safely. Solar panels and solar hot water are only a few of the sustainable features of the creative addition to this South City neighborhood. (Watch video)

Thank You

Thank You to our 2013 Sponsors:


Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Bohannon Development Company, David Crabbe Architect, Herrero Contractors Inc. & WRNS Studio, Lyngso Garden Materials, MidPen Housing, Recology San Mateo County, South San Francisco Scavenger, Universal Paragon Corporation, Skyline College, Edible Silicon Valley, San Mateo Daily Journal, Boston Private Bank and Trust Company, RethinkWaste (SBWMA), Rosalyn Koo, Bill Schulte

Thank You to our Awards Committee and Volunteers:

Kara Anderson (Awards Committee Chair), Adrienne Etherton, Nancy Crabbe, Ricki McGlashan, Joanne Bruggemann, Jim Schwandt, Tammy Del Bene, Dan Peterson, Afsoon Shahrdar, Tanya Shatara, and Darryl Yip

Updated 4/2/2013

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