Green Business Award

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.

2024 Awardee
Coconut Bay, along time anchor restaurant in downtown Burlingame, isrecognized for its long time commitment to composting and reducing plastic foodware. Coconut Bay has replaced over 25,000 plastic bags and 50,000 plastic foodware with compostable paper products! Coconut Bay also offers reusable stainless steel containers for take out food as part of Burlingame’s reusable foodware pilot. Customers can request the containers for their take-out food order. 

Twelvemonth is a plant based, sustainably minded, restaurant. Twelvemonth received a Platinum LEED rating for their renovated building which includes solar panels, rain water catchment systems, and upgraded insulation. The beautifully designed restaurant is committed to offering local, simple, delicious, plant based food which has a lower environmental impact and higher health benefits than other diets.

2023 Awardee

Healthy Horizons Breastfeeding Center, located in Downtown Burlingame, is certified as a Green Business by San Mateo County. The Center has supported Burlingame parents for over 30 years by setting up lactation rooms in local companies, including Meta at Burlingame Point, and helping parents at its Downtown location. Workers on the Avenue, from delivery drivers to retail salespeople, visit the Healthy Horizons Center for a safe place to pump milk during working hours. Healthy Horizons estimates that their workplace lactation rooms have helped avoid about 260 tons of greenhouse gas emission.

Burlingame Point, managed by Kylli Inc. and leased by Meta, has implemented exemplary waste and energy initiatives. Burlingame Point is a certified LEED Gold building, and campus buildings are designed to use 25% less energy than a conventional new building. The campus has an on-site, full-service bicycle shop in which employees can repair their commuter bicycles, and 87 EV charging stations for EV drivers. All take-out foodware is compostable, and the campus is plastic water bottle free. The campus is located by the Bay Trail and offers public art, attractive seating, drought tolerant landscaping, and an onsite café for visitors.

2022 Awardee
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.

2019 Awardee
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.

2018 Awardee
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. 

2017 Awardees
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.

2016 Awardees
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.