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    April 1 - August 31: CoolCalifornia City Challenge
    Sunday, April 27: CEC Table at Fresh Market
    Thursday, May 8: Bike to Work Day
    Sunday, May 11: CEC Table at Fresh Market
    Wednesday, May 14: CEC Monthly Meeting
    Sunday, May 18: CEC Table at Fresh Market
    Ten Personal Solutions to Global Warming

    The routine decisions that shape our days — what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work — may seem small, but collectively they have a big effect on global warming.

    Americans' per capita emissions of heat-trapping gases is 21 tons—four times the global average and twice that of other countries with a similar standard of living to our own, such as France and Japan. That means we can all make choices that will greatly reduce our global warming impact.

    So here are the Top Ten Things you can do to Help Tackle Global Warming:

    1. The car you drive: the most important personal climate decision.
    2. Make your house more air tight.
    3. Buy and USE a programmable thermostat.

    April 1 - August 31, 2014

    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. 

    Burlingame is a participant in this year's "Challenge".

    Residents are encouraged to sign up for the program at the CoolCalifornia Challenge Registration Page and begin tracking their household energy (natural gas and electricity) and motor vehicle emissions.  Prize money will be awarded to all participating cities based on the number of new registered households at the end of May.

    For the five month period (April-August) Participants in ‘the Challenge’ earn points for reducing their household energy use and transportation emissions. Every point earned by participants counts as a raffle ticket toward local prizes and increases the city’s rank in the statewide standings.

    The Challenge has saved 500,000 lbs of CO2!
    Help us save over 1 million pounds in 2014!

    Next General Meeting

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

    Lane Community Room, Burlingame Main Library

    480 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010

    (Lane Room entrance is on Bellevue Avenue)


    Future Meeting Dates - 2014

    Jun 11;  Jul 9;  Aug 9;  Aug 13;  Sep 10;  Oct 8;  Nov 12;  Dec 10

    2nd Wednesday of Each Month    7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.



    CEC at the Burlingame Fresh Market

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Also: Sunday, May 11 & May 18, 2014

    Park Road between Burlingame & Howard Avenues


    Stop by the Burlingame Caltrain Station Energizer Station

    FREE Refreshments & a Goodie Bag for ALL Cyclists

    7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Geared up for Bike to Work Day!

    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


    Learn more about the Adopt-A-Tree Program


    The 6th Annual Green Street Fair - A BIG SUCCESS!


    for your continued support...

    Astound, Gold Medal Martial Arts, Lyngso Garden Materials,

     Putnam Dealer Group,  TRG Architects

    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 in 2014
    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


    2-Day UnWaste Recyling Event Collected Tons!!!

    Thanks to Everyone who Participated!


    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:  burlingamecec@googlegroups.com

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