Green Business Award
Burlingame initiated it's Green Business Award program to recognize businesses that go above and beyond to conserve resources and protect the environment while saving money in the process.
Nuts for Candy, a family run specialty shop selling candy and gifts on Broadway. The shop is going on its 28th year and has made a tremendous effort to reduce its energy use and waste. Owned by John and Nora Kevranian, the two have taken many small steps that together make quite an impact, including: replacing the 15,000 plastic bags they use a year with compostable paper bags; recycling 98% of all waste; and not automatically printing out receipts. Nuts for Candy is also a certified California Green Business.
Proterra, headquartered in Burlingame, manufactures American-made, zero-emission, electric buses that are being used in transit agencies across the country. Every time a diesel bus is replaced with a Proterra electric bus, 230,000 pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions are avoided.
Dewey Land Company is a local developer with over 25 years of regional development experience. They have completed the office building project 225 California Drive, 240 Lorton Avenue, and the repositioned office building located at 1450 Chapin Avenue. The 225 California Drive office building is a LEED Gold certified building, the first in downtown Burlingame! The project is designed to be both water and energy efficient, encourages use of public transportation, and offers preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles.
Alvin's Coffees and Teas is a local family owned coffee roaster that holds its operations to the highest environmental standards. The company uses an innovative coffee roasting process to reduce waste, avoid wood burning, and save water. Alvin's Coffees and Teas powers its operations with 100% renewable energy through ECO100 - a Peninsula Clean Energy program available to all residents and businesses.
San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront is a premier hotel in Burlingame's Bayfront that is an environmental leader in hotel management. From retrofitting its lights to LEDs, providing electric vehicle charging stations, and offering e-news subscriptions over paper newspapers for guests, the hotel is committed to reducing its carbon footprint.
Que SeRaw SeRaw is a unique local take-out eatery off Broadway that serves raw vegan food made from local and organic ingredients. Their mission is to provide delicious food that has a low environmental impact. They also compost all food scraps, exclusively use recyclable or compostable packaging, and enrolled in Peninsula Clean Energy ECO100 to receive 100% renewable energy.
Putnam Automotive is the City's renowned dealership along California Drive. Putnam worked with San Mateo County Energy Watch to upgrade the outdoor lighting to LED lights in all their facilities, including the Mazda/Subaru, Nissan, Volvo, Toyota, Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge, GM, Fiat dealerships. They received $47,000 in rebates and are saving $5,000/month in electricity bills - a 30% drop. Putnam also recycles close to 95% of their waste and is exploring using tablets in their service shops to eliminate paper use.