February 8, 2018
City Seeks Three Planning Commissioners
Citywide Energy Challenge
Seeking Entries: Student Film Festival
More Recycling Questions Answered
Eight Students Awarded CEC Scholarships
Events Around Town
Community Corner
Link to Full City Calendar
commishCity Seeks Three Planning Commissioners

Are you interested in finding a way to participate in your community? Then consider applying for appointment to the City of Burlingame Planning Commission! The City invites applicants to offer their interest, experience, and enthusiasm in service of their City.
Commissioners offer their ideas and recommendations to the City Council and staff in order to help them to make the finest, most informed decisions in the best interest of everyone living, working, and visiting our community.
The City is seeking to fill three (3) vacant seats on the Planning Commission. The application deadline is Friday, March 16, 2018Click here for the application and supplemental questionnaire.
Kerry Bitner pictured above.
challengeCitywide Challenge to Reach 100% Clean Energy

Switching to Peninsula Clean Energy's ECO100 electricity - 100% carbon free - is a powerful action you can take to help the earth.

275 Burlingame residents and business have switched, including Kerry Bitner of Que SeRaw SeRaw who states in her CEC interview, "100% clean electricity means that I am powering my business sustainably. This aligns perfectly with our mission at Que SeRaw SeRaw:  A plant-based diet is good for both our bodies and our planet - individual health and global well being are intertwined". 

View a list of new  #OptUpBurlingame heroes here.

Are you ready to #OptUpBurlingame?
  • Residents can win prizes, get recognized!
  • OPT UP NOW to lower carbon emissions & drive green tech growth!
  • Contact us to get involved or displayed on our Hero pages
A CEC program, sponsored by PCE, Burlingame, and San Mateo County.
filmfestCEC Invites Students to Enter Film Festival

Students in grades 4 through 12 who live or attend school in Burlingame are invited to enter the first CEC Student Film Fest cosponsored by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC) and the Burlingame Environmental Club of Burlingame High School. CEC is providing cash prizes that will be awarded to student filmmakers in three categories: grades 4-5 ($75), grades 6-8 ($150), and high school ($300).
Students who wish to enter should submit an original video, not more than five minutes in length, on the environmental topic of their choice by March 12, 2018. The final entries will be screened and winners will be announced at the CEC Student Film Fest at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19, in the Burlingame High School Auditorium at 1 Mangini Way. The festival is open to the general public and admission is free.
Students and their parents are invited to learn tips on creating videos at a Film Workshop from 10:15 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 10, in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road. Snacks will be provided. For more information, click here.
The Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame is a group of volunteers whose mission is to champion a more environmentally and economically sustainable community. For more information about the CEC, visit cecburlingame.org or email info@cecburlingame.org.
binMore of Your Recycling Questions Answered


We got great questions about which bins items should go in and listed them below. Curious about other items? Check out the excellent WhatBin page by Recology or send questions to smichael@burlingame.org.
Compost - Green Bin 
  • Cardboard trays in food packaging
  • Chinese take-out boxes
  • Wine corks
Recycling - Blue Bin 
  • Foil cardboard tubes for biscuits - ends can be removed and recycled and cardboard composted
  • Plastic lids on coffee cups

Tip: Recycling items should not be placed into plastic bags. The plastic bags are not recycled and jam the conveyor machines


Garbage - Black Bin 
  • Packaging airbags - or can be recycled at grocery shopping bag kiosks or at the Shoreway Environmental Center
  • Padded envelopes with bubble wrap on inside
  • Styrofoam, including popcorn and cubes - or can be taken to Green Citizen for recycling
  • Black plastic - the Shoreway Environmental Center cannot recycle any black plastic


cecCEC Awards Internships to 8 Students

Eight high school students have been selected to receive paid environmental internships offered by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC) in partnership with the City of Burlingame. All are current sophomores and juniors who live or attend school in Burlingame.
The eight students selected from among 29 applicants are: Gus Brocchini of Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough; Mark Habelt of Serra High School in San Mateo; Jessica Johnstone, Brennan McDonald and Maya Silver of Burlingame High School; Spencer Kishiyama of Design Tech High School on the Oracle campus in Redwood City; Christopher Noll of San Mateo High School; and Grace Zhang of Mercy Hill School in Burlingame.
The program is designed to help motivate and nurture the next generation of environmentalists. The interns will explore, individually or in small teams, the sustainability of their own school's culture and operations, and they will research best practices and innovative programs at other schools. Monthly meetings with mentors will take place during the spring and fall semesters of 2018, and a $300 stipend will be paid to each intern upon completion of the program.
The program is supported by a grant from the Morris S. Smith Foundation.
EventsEvents Around Town
Author Jen Mann
Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Lane Room, Burlingame Main Library
Meet humorist and blogger, Jen Mann, who wrote the book, Working With People I Want to Punch in the Throat.  Enjoy an irreverent evening of observations about the workplace from the perspective of a working parent.  Best to leave the kids at home for this grown-up discussion.
Film Workshop for Students in Grades 4-12
Saturday, February 10 from 10:15 a.m. - Noon
Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library

This film workshop is for students in grades 4 through 12 who plan to enter the CEC Student Film Fest described above. Free snacks, parents welcome. For more information, click on this link
Burlingame Talks Together About Housing
Saturday, February 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Lions Club, 990 Burlingame Ave.

If you haven't already, it's not too late to RSVP for this educational community conversation:
  • Find out what is happening with housing in Burlingame
  • Talk about what mix of housing can help our community thrive
The goal is to reach and engage a broad cross section of the community - especially those who have not been part of housing conversations in the past. This is a family friendly event with food and childcare. It will be a great opportunity for people from different parts of Burlingame to talk, listen and learn together. The kind of housing we have affects the kind of community we live in. Please RSVP at BurlingameHousing.Eventbrite.com.

Food and child care will be provided.
Clean Energy Networking Night
Wednesday, February 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Coconut Bay Restaurant, 1107 Howard Avenue, Burlingame

Come join the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce and Peninsula Clean Energy at Coconut Bay Restaurant for the opportunity to network and enjoy delicious Thai food. The event is an opportunity to connect with members of the local community and to learn more about how Peninsula Clean Energy serves clean energy at lower costs for San Mateo County businesses and residents. If interested, please RSVP or send questions to  aposada@peninsulacleanenergy.com
Arbor Day Celebration
Wednesday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Pershing Park, 138 Crescent Ave., at Newlands Ave., Burlingame

Please join the Beautification Commission and help celebrate Burlingame's thirty-ninth annual Arbor Day Celebration. Staff from Cal Fire, City Council, school students and more, will be participating in the ceremony. The City of Burlingame has proudly been a "Tree City USA" for 39 years - the fourth longest in the State.
Library Speaker Series with Ira Glass
Sunday, March 18, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Reading Room, Burlingame Main Library

The Burlingame Library Foundation, Trustees and staff welcome public radio's Ira Glass, in the historic Reading Room of the Burlingame Library. 

The creator and host of the groundbreaking radio program This American Life will be the inaugural guest at Guess Who's Coming to the Library! Special thanks to our community sponsors, The Sharp Group and Boston Private.
General Admission ticket sales will begin Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. General Admission seats are $20 (limit 2). VIP Premier tickets have sold out. Tickets will be sold online only at  www.burlingamelibraryfoundation.org/events.
First Time Home Buyer Workshop
Thursday, March 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Burlingame City Hall, 501 Primrose Rd.

HEART of San Mateo County has arranged to have a First Time Homebuyer Workshop in Burlingame!  This will be an opportunity to come find out how you may be able use the HEART loan to buy a market-rate home or condo in San Mateo County.
HEART offers down payment loans for qualified first-time homebuyers up to $119,278, which, together with a first 30-year, fixed rate mortgage from Meriwest Mortgage, enables the borrower to finance their first home with 5% down and no PMI (private mortgage insurance).

CommunityCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Seminar: How To Do Business With the State of California
Tuesday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
College of San Mateo

The San Mateo Small Business Development Center will be hosting a free small business seminar on "How to Do Business with the State of California" at the College of San Mateo. You can register online at www.sanmateosbdc.org.

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