They say Earth Day is everyday but last April 22 was truly a day to show the planet we care. I joined a legion of volunteers at the annual Earth Day of Action held for the 13th year by the Pacifica Beach Coalition. Thousands of pounds of trash were removed from beaches from Daly City to Half Moon Bay. It was truly an inspiring day.
Earlier in the month, I had the honor to serve as emcee for the 18th Annual Sustainability Awards. It’s an event held by the non-profit agency Sustainable San Mateo County to honor local agencies and businesses for their efforts to protect the planet. Among the honorees were the Pacifica Beach Coalition and its President Lynn Adams for working to clean up our beautiful beaches along the county’s coast. Their motto is “Make a Splash by Ending Trash.”
Other winners were Sunwork Renewable Energy Projects which helps non-profit agencies become more sustainable with the installation of solar panels and the San Mateo County Parks Department for its stewardship of the county’s 20 parks including San Bruno Mountain. Their mission is to protect the wildlife that call our parks home and to increase access to the parks by some of our inner-city youth. Gilead Sciences won the Green Building Award for a new project on its Foster City campus and the San Bruno Park School District received an honorable mention for engaging its students to care more for the planet by recycling and composting and eating healthy.
Perhaps the biggest honor of the night was presenting the Ruth Peterson Award to one of the agency’s founders, Beth Bhatnagar. Beth helped found the agency along with Ruth in 1992 to help educate our community on the concepts of sustainability – clean air, clean water and the elimination of pollution. She is a pioneer locally in helping to protect this wonderful region we call home and love so much.
It was a fun night that reminded me to turn out the lights if you don’t need them on and to of course conserve water even though they say the drought is over.
David J. Canepa is the county supervisor representing District 5. He was formerly mayor of Daly City and served on the council for eight years and as mayor in 2014. He can be reached at (650) 363-4572 and firstname.lastname@example.org.