thirdBurlingame Places Third Statewide
Thank you and congratulations Burlingame CEC and residents!

The City of Burlingame earned third place statewide in the CoolCalifornia challenge, a competition that pitted city against city as residents took action and tracked their efforts to reduce their carbon footprints. Out of 22 cities vying for the title of "Coolest California City," Claremont captured the top spot earning 2,443,779.  The cities of Long Beach and Burlingame earn the title of "Cool California City," finishing second and third, with 1,223,158 points and 770,114 points, respectively.

The 147 Burlingame residents who participated earned a total of 770,114 points by engaging in energy and water saving activities. Nine residents garnered more than 10,000 points. CEC board member Jeff Londer earned an amazing 87,810 points followed by Lisa Happich and Jeff DeMartini.
Collectively, the 22 participating cities engaged nearly 3,200 households to take energy savings actions to reduce their carbon footprint. In total, the participants reported that they completed actions that will save 5,638 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the energy saving actions' lifetime, equivalent to removing more than 2,500 California homes from the grid or over 1,100 automobiles from the road for a year.

All participating cities will receive a portion of a $150,000 prize based on the percentage of their points that will be used to support local sustainability projects. Claremont, Long Beach and Burlingame will be honored on April 21 at the Green California Summit in Sacramento.
earthdayEarth Day is Tomorrow
Take action and celebrate our planet

With Earth Day tomorrow, Friday, April 22, we all have a chance to do a little extra to support the planet we live on. Try out these actions:

1. Walk, bike, carpool, ride transit, or drive electric. Cars are the biggest source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area. is challenging San Mateo County commuters to rethink their commute and win some prizes along the way. Sign up and explore commute alternatives like biking, carpooling, and taking transit.
The upcoming Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 12th, is an opportunity to try out your commute by bike. Stop by at one of the local energizer stations on your bike ride to work.

2. Use less plastic by choosing reusable over disposable. For example, replace bottled water with reusable bottles. Our tap water is among the cleanest in the nation, straight from Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite; while bottled water is unregulated and creates waste.

3End junk mail. Besides being an inconvenience, junk mail is wasteful from the trees it uses to the waste it creates. Opt out of receiving catalogues and register with DMAchoice to help control what gets sent to you.

4Recycle e-waste. Electric devices thrown away pollute the environment and should be recycled. Green Citizen in Burlingame offers business recycling pick-up and drop-off recycling for anything that plugs into the wall or runs on batteries.

5Be water efficient. Burlingame successfully reduced water consumption by 29% over the last year. Keep up the great work by exploring water efficient landscaping with graywater, updated sprinklers nozzles, and drought tolerant landscaping.

Update your sprinkler nozzles with free water efficient nozzles offered by the City. The
Sprinkler nozzles use up to 30% less water and are a quick, low cost, and low effort way to get your landscaping to be more water efficient. Sign up for the program here.

To go a step further in your water efficient landscaping, attend an upcoming workshop on Water-Wise Irrigation and Landscaping.

6. Be energy efficient. Burlingame reduced its energy use over the last ten years. Total energy use from electricity and natural gas decreased by 9% and greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 14%. Burlingame can also boast that it has almost 300 sites with solar power. More than half of the sites were installed in just the last three years. Check out the infographic from PG&E for more information.
Interested in energy efficiency upgrades or solar? Explore the PACE financing programs offered in Burlingame which allow property owners to pay for energy efficiency and solar projects as part of their property tax bills. Learn more here.

7. Improve your recycling skills. Are you a recycling master or novice? Test your knowledge and learn what waste goes where.
Also, the City would like to understand your satisfaction with our waste collection services. Please go online and complete the survey.

8. Check out these Earth Day inspirations
    Commute rush hour in Copenhagen
commuterJoin the Commuter Challenge
Five more weeks to join and win prizes!

With Earth Day tomorrow, reminds those who commute to, from or through San Mateo County to choose a "green" transportation option, then join the 2016 Commuter Challenge and be rewarded.

During the months of April and May, commuters who choose transportation modes other than driving alone are eligible to win weekly prizes and one of five grand prizes. By signing up at, participants who use public transit, shuttle, carpool, vanpool, bicycle, walk or telework can participate in the 2016 Commuter Challenge.

"To date, Commuter Challenge participants have logged 11,531 trips, travelled over 224,000 miles, and saved 114,600 pounds of CO2," reported John Ford,'s Executive Director. "With five more weeks to go, and upcoming events like Earth Day and Bike to Work Day that underscore the importance of clean air and our environment, we are confident that more San Mateo County commuters will join this year's challenge and be part of the traffic solution," he added.

For this week, those who sign up at and log their commute trips before midnight on Sunday, April 24, will be eligible to win one of five prizes, such as a $40 REI gift card, Goal Zero Recharger and Fitbit Blaze. For more details, visit
summertimeSummertime in Burlingame
No better place to "stay"cation

There is no better time to "stay"cation than summertime in Burlingame thanks to the Parks & Recreation Department and the support of our local business partners.
Summer is nearly upon us and with it three fantastic Burlingame summertime traditions. Mark your calendars for some great free family fun! 

  1. Music in the Park summer concerts are held EVERY Sunday in July from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Washington Park and brought to you by Veolia Water.
  2. Movies in the Park are hosted on July 29, August 26 and September 16 at sunset at Washington Park, courtesy of Putnam Subaru.
  3. Finally, there are still a few highly coveted spots available for our CPRS Award winning Family Campout on Friday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. through Saturday, August 27th at 10:00 a.m. in Washington Park. This event requires registration and payment of a nominal fee of $20 per person for BBQ, s'mores and a pancake breakfast! To register, click on this link Family Campout. For more information call (650) 558-7300.
wheelsBPL Wheels is Rolling Out
New Library outreach program

The Burlingame Public Library is launching a mobile outreach bike outfitted with the latest technology available in our new Tech/Media Lab!  The bike will register new library patrons, check-out books, and provide technology demonstrations!  For more information about the outreach bike, please visit the BPL Wheels website.  Our first stop will be at the Off the Grid food truck festival next Tuesday, April 26.   We hope to see you there!"
communityparksYou Can Help Our Community Parks!
Parks build community

In recognition and celebration of Earth Month, the National Recreation and Parks Association is offering every community, including our community, an opportunity to enter a random drawing for a chance to win $20,000 to support park restorations and renovations. Follow this link Parks Build Community  and click "Let's Get Started." Nominate your favorite Burlingame park when you register.  Is it Washington? Village? Pershing? Cuernavaca? After that, you may help select parks from across this great nation to receive grant funding (3 parks are eligible in San Francisco).
Thanks for helping us build better community here in Burlingame! Now, go outside and play!
EventsEvents Around Town
Hazard Mitigation Public Hearing
TONIGHT at 5:30 p.m.
Board of Supervisors Chambers, 400 County Center, Redwood City

The County is hosting a presentation and public hearing for the updated Hazard Mitigation Plan for all of San Mateo County.  Everyone is welcome.  Come hear how the County identifies and manages local hazards and provide feedback.
Youth Advisory Committee Fundraiser
Friday, April 22 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
at the Burlingame Recreation Center
Next Friday, Burlingame's Youth Advisory Committee (Y.A.C) will be hosting their annual fundraiser, Mission ImPASTAble, to help raise money for the Youth Scholarship Fund and assist with future Y.A.C programming. Join us at the Burlingame Recreation Center for a delicious pasta dinner with all the trimmings.
Tickets are $8 pre-sale, $10 at the door and $5 for kids. The Parks and Recreation Foundation will be selling drinks. Tickets to the event are available at the Recreation Center now! For more information contact Nicole Rath at (650) 558-7308.
Surviving an Active Shooter Presentation
Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road

Officers from the Burlingame Police Department will explain what to do in an active shooter situation, and they also will answer questions on general safety issues. Free. Open to all. Presented by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network.
The two BPD speakers, Corporal Jason Orloff and Inspector Jeff Schoenstein, also will answer questions on other safety issues, including home burglaries, car thefts and traffic calming in neighborhoods. Both are members of the North Central Regional SWAT Team and currently detectives with the Burlingame Police Department.
Water-Wise Irrigation Landscaping
Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Lane Room, Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Road

Master Gardener Julie Montanari will explain how to change a conventional irrigation system into one that saves water and money, and she'll offers tips on selecting water-wise plants, rain water storage and gray water. Sigalle Michael, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Burlingame, will invite residents to sign up for a new program that offers free sprinkler heads that use up to 30 percent less water than traditional ones.
All attendees will be invited to participate in a free raffle. Those who walk, bike, use public transportation or share a ride to the program will be eligible for an additional drawing. 
Refreshments will be served. This program is presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC) and is co-sponsored by the City of Burlingame, the Burlingame Public Library and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. Admission is free. To learn more about CEC, visit
May 7 Bocce Ball Tournament
Registration is now being accepted

Registration is now being accepted for the Burlingame Parks & Recreation Foundation's bocce ball tournament to be held in Washington Park on Saturday, May 7.  The $20 per player entry fee ($60 for a team of up to 6 players) supports the Foundation's efforts to raise funds for improvements to Burlingame's Parks facilities, create new recreation programs, and provide scholarships for Burlingame youth.  To register, contact the Parks & Recreation office at 650-558-7300 or click here.  For more information about the tournament, contact Randy Schwartz at 650-520-3541 or
Two Auditions Left for Burlingame Idol
April 25 and May 2 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Burlingame Parks & Recreation, 850 Burlingame Avenue

There are only two weeks left to audition for Burlingame Idol. The search is on once again for talented Burlingame idols.  This contest is now in its eighth year. The five categories include: 5-10 yrs. old; 11-14 yrs. old; 15-18 yrs. old; 19-39 yrs. old; and, 40 yrs. and over. Most needed are the 5-10 and 15-18 year old categories. For just a $50 entry fee, you can find out if you have what it takes to be a Burlingame Idol. All local Bay Area talent is welcome to compete but you must come prepared with a memorized song and CD/karaoke accompaniment. For more information, call (650) 697-6936 or email  
CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Open House & Resource Event
April 29 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
County Veteran Services Office, 400 Harbor Blvd, Bldg B, Belmont

Drop in to San Mateo County's first Veterans Open House and Resource Event.  If you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran, don't miss the opportunity to connect with agencies that are dedicated to serving you! Learn about education, employment, VA benefits, and other opportunities! BBQ lunch hosted by American Legion and Central Peninsula Church. 
Three Innovative Art Programs for Kids
Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame 
Your Brain on Drawing, Grade levels: 3, 4, and 5
April 27- June 8
Crazy Color Capers, Grade levels: 1 and 2
April 28 - June 9
Adventures in Maker's Land, Grade levels: 5, 6, and 7
April 29 - June 10
For registration information and to learn more contact or visit The Museum also houses a building of working artist studios, where 29 visual artists work and exhibit their creations in painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and fiber art. Museum Hours:  11am to 5pm Wednesday through Sunday.  Admission free.

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