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The City of Brisbane and its residents care deeply about a wide variety of issues surrounding sustainability.  Work is being done by the government, citizens, and businesses to lower the environmental impact of our activity and preserve natural habitat.  Some initiatives in this area include:

Energy Efficiency

Water Conservation & Quality

  • Brisbane is among the lowest per capita water uses in San Mateo County
  • Brisbane is actively involved in the County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program, to keep urban runoff that is polluted from flushing into storm drains and discharging into the Bay.  Click here to view a staff interview and learn more about the program.
  • At City Hall, a rain garden and bioswale were installed when the building was renovated
  • Landscaping has been done to minimize damage to the Bay and minimize water use
  • Several ordinances govern water conservation (see under Governance below)
  • [inline:Rain Barrel Guidance.pdf=Information provided on rainwater harvesting via rain barrels]
  • The City participates in water efficient appliance rebate programs through BAWSCA

Waste and Recycling

  • The City, in cooperation with SSF Scavengers provided services and programs that resulted in diverting 77% of the waste generated by residents and businesses, exceeding the State's goal of 50% waste diversion.  
  • Brisbane works with the County's RecycleWorks program to provide information of sustainable landscaping, native, and drought tolerant gardening.  BAWSCA also provides tools and landscaping classes for Water Wise Gardening
  • Backyard compositing is promoted through offering the County's compost and worm bins to residents at a reduced cost.
  • Reduce use of plastic water bottles. Read this article drafted by the Open Space and Ecology Committee 
  • South San Francisco Scavenger - Mattress Recycling. No charge for disposal of up to 4 mattresses / box springs. Must be brought in alone to Blue Line Transfer Station, or click here to see how to schedule a free pick up.
  • Recycle your electronics or Number 6 Styrofoam at Green Citizen. See www.greencitizen.com for details.

Habitat Protection

  • Open Space Acquisition programs are in effect
  • Vegetation management and habitat maintenance of City owned open space
  • Habitat Restoration Day
  • Lagoon Cleanup Day

Public Education

  • Articles
  • Day in the Park Festival
  • Schools
  • Volunteer stewardship Workdays (Habitat Restoration Day)

Other Programs and Initiatives

Environmental Policy

The Brisbane City Council has adopted ordinances and resolutions to support environmental sustainability in our community.

  • [inline:greenbuildingordinance.doc=Green Building Ordinance]
  • [inline:construction-and-demolition-debris-ord.doc=Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Ordinance]
  • [inline:water-conservation-ordinance.pdf=Landscaping Ordinance]
  • [inline:indoor-water-conservation-ordinance.pdf=Indoor Water Conservation Ordinance]
  • [inline:stormwater-resolution.pdf=Integrated Pest Management Resolution]


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