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NEW Public EV Charging Stations in Burlingame: EV Charging
Green Programs on Hot Topics: Green Programs

Wednesday, July 8, 2015: CEC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, July 19, 2015: CEC at the Fresh Market

Wednesday, August 12, 2015: CEC Monthly Meeting

Thinking about installing solar on your home

but don’t know where to start or think it’s just too expensive?

Peninsula SunShares is here to help!

The City of Burlingame is partnering with local nonprofit
Vote Solar
& neighboring communities throughout San Mateo County to launch

a solar group discount program for homeowners.

Next General Meeting - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

7:00PM - 8:45PM

Lane Community Room, Burlingame Main Library

480 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010

(Enter on Bellevue)


2015 Meeting Dates - 2nd Wednesday each month (except Nov)

Aug 12,  Sep 9,  Oct 14,  Nov 4,  Dec 9


CEC at the Burlingame Fresh Market

Sunday, July 19, 2015

9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Park Road between Burlingame & Howard Avenues

Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade: Homeowner Workshop in Menlo Park

Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade

The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) now offers new programs and rebates for single family homeowners in the Bay Area who make energy-efficient home improvements.Homeowners can be eligible for incentives from $1,000 to $3,150 with an Energy Upgrade Californi® Home Upgrade and incentives from $1,000 to $6,500, plus a $300 home energy assessment rebate, with an Advanced Home Upgrade. In addition, a free Home Upgrade Advisor can provide direct one-to-one assistance to help homeowners through every step of the upgrade.

The County of San Mateo is part of BayREN, a collaboration of public agencies representing all nine counties within the San Francisco Bay Area. BayREN draws on the experience and expertise of Bay Area local governments to design and implement effective energy savings programs. For more information, visit www.bayareaenergyupgrade.org.

It's Raining! Capture Rainwater to Save Water, Prevent Pollution & Get a $50 Rebate

The San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program is sponsoring a Rain Barrel Rebate Program in light of the current drought. Rain barrels are great for capturing rainwater to irrigate landscape, and they also help to prevent urban runoff pollution. 1,000 square feet of roof surface can capture 625 gallons of water for every 1 inch of rainfall, that's over 11,000 gallons from one home per year! Here's how to participate to receive a rebate of up to $50 for installing a rain barrel to conserve water:


Thanks! to Everyone Who Took the Challenge
Burlingame finished in 7th place with 373,000 points
We earned $2,851 for Green Projects in Burlingame!

The CoolCalifornia City Challenge is a statewide competition engaging thousands of households in cities across California to save energy, reduce their carbon footprints and help build more vibrant and sustainable communities.


For 36 Consecutive Years,

Burlingame has been Honored as "Tree City USA"222

Learn more about the Adopt-A-Tree Program


The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is a coalition of the nine San Francisco Bay Area Counties implementing large scale, cross-sector energy management strategies on a regional level. BayREN was approved as a pilot by the California Public Utilities Commission in November 2012.

Access the latest Dashboard here.  Past reports will be archived at www.bayren.org/about.  The dashboard will be updated on the website monthly.

Energy Upgrade California Single-Family Home Upgrade

Home Upgrade is experiencing rapidly increasing uptake as a result of recently reported program design changes, County local outreach efforts, and increased contractor recruitment.  This 3-pronged approach of program improvements, local outreach and increased contractor participation had yielded record breaking uptake in the month of September, exceeding 100 Home Upgrade reservations in one month.  BayREN currently has nearly $1.6 million in incentives reserved or paid for both Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade Assessment Incentive projects. Learn More.


Water Conservation - What You Can Do


In 2008, and for the first time in California since 1991, the Governor proclaimed a statewide drought and called for implementation of numerous measures to reduce water consumption. And, by most accounts, the Bay Area will continue to experience conditions that warrant a greater emphasis on water conservation. The following are some tools and information that can help you conserve water and save money. The City also provides this flyer with useful tips.

  • Take advantage of the rebates that the City provides for purchase of low-flow toilets and water-saving washing machines.
  • Learn to read your water meter so you can track your consumption.
  • Know where your house water valve is located so you can turn your water off in case of an emergency.

In the Kitchen and Laundry Rooms

  • Don't leave the water running - turn off the tap while washing dishes, fill the sink or a dish pan to wash and rinse dishes.
  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks - even a small leak from worn washers can waste more than 50 gallons of water per day.
  • Equip faucets with aerators.
  • Upgrade to an efficient clothes washing machine - wash only full laundry loads.

In the Bathroom

  • Check your toilet flapper for leaks - add food coloring to toilet tank and if dye appears in the bowl, your toilet is running.
  • Install low-flow shower heads - today's efficient models still produce great water pressure.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn the water off while brushing your teeth.
  • Replace your old toilet - toilets are the largest water user in the home.
  • Do not use your toilet as a wastebasket.

Around your Property

  • Plant drought-tolerant species.
  • Water lawns only when needed, but water long enough to deep-soak grass roots - a light sprinkling sits on the surface & evaporates easily.
  • Water during the cool part of the day to reduce evaporation.
  • Place mulch around trees and plant to slow evaporation (and inhibit weed growth).
  • Install shut-off nozzles on all garden hoses.
  • Sweep sidewalks and driveways instead of hosing them down.
  • Don't water the pavement - position sprinkler heads to water lawns and gardens, not the pavement surrounding your landscape.
  • Check for broken sprinkler heads and irrigation tubing at least once a month.
  • Don't let water run while washing the car.

Additional water saving resources see:

  • The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Water Conservation Website has up-to-date information on water supply conditions for the SFPUC and its wholesale customers (e.g., Burlingame), as well as tips for saving water.
  • The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) Water Conservation Website presents detailed information on local water conservation programs (e.g., rebates for water-efficient fixtures) that Burlingame residents may be able to take advantage of.
  • The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Drought News site presents up-to-date information on water supply conditions throughout the state.
  • The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Drought Response Map shows you what other communities throughout the state are doing in response to the drought. 
  • The Save our Water website has lots of water conservation information including lists of the little changes you can make in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room that collectively add up to a lot of water savings. The site also includes video testimonials by real people taking real action to save water.
  • A tour through the H2O House can help you assess the water saving opportunities in each area of your home.

  • City of Burlingame - What residents can do at home to save water

6th Annual Green Street Fair - A BIG SUCCESS!

The 2013 Fair was a wonderful event for our community
with more than 65 vendors and 4,000 attendees!

take a look at the photos!
You Tube

The Fair is on hiatus
The CEC is seeking additional partnerships and volunteers to help organize future fairs. Please email us at burlingamecec@googlegroups.com if you are interested in volunteering or co-hosting future fairs.

Please contact us for more information

Green Street Fair


Learn more about what we've been up to since our inception in November 2009
CEC Summary 
Honeybees are a vital link in our food chain
Bees now face many threats, leading to high declines in bee colonies year after year nationwide, including here in San Mateo

A petition is being circulated by The Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo County to show support for simplifying and standardizing codes and ordinances about beekeeping throughout San Mateo County.   The Bay Area has a patchwork of uneven rules on beekeeping and some towns ban it outright.   

Our intent is to make our county bee-friendly. 

Please support our efforts to convince our local governments to lead the way in providing solutions by reforming antiquated policies.

To sign our petition to make San Mateo a bee-friendly county, please copy and paste this link:

Or visit the website for the Beekeepers Guild of San Mateo County and click on "Help the Honeybees! Sign Our Petition."
Share this information with your community in San Mateo County and ask them to support our efforts.

Mollie Stone's Community Card

Mollie Stone's will donate up to 5% to the CEC

and, it's FREE!

Ask for the short Community Card Application Form at any Mollie Stone's Market

Fill it out designating "Acterra, CEC Burlingame" as the group you wish to support

(In Part 1 write in "Acterra, CEC Burlingame" in the space provided under "Other")


Find Out What's Green in Burlingame!

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Membership is FREE and members are all ages, including teens and retired residents.

We are always open to new ideas!

For more information about CEC, come to our next General Meeting or email info@burlingamecec.org



Mail a Check to:  Acterra/CEC, P.O. Box 117926, Burlingame, CA 94011-7926

CEC - Burlingame is a fiduciary program of Acterra, a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Acterra is consistently rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator. 88% of all Acterra/CEC donations directly benefit local green programs in neighborhoods included in the 94010 & 94011 Zip Codes.


Contact CEC: info@cecburlingame.org
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