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December 06, 2006

Contact: Dianne Anderson
San Mateo County RecycleWorks
(650) 599-1485

San Mateo County Wins California's Highest Environmental Honor

Redwood City, Calif. - A San Mateo County program that teaches children how they can protect the environment in fun and creative ways has received the state's highest environmental honor from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The program, RecycleWorks, began as tool to teach recycling and composting but has grown to include a Web site for kids and numerous educational tools for students and teachers.

RecycleWorks was honored Tuesday night at the 2006 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards in Sacramento. The awards program is California's highest and most prestigious environmental honor.

On hand to receive the award for San Mateo County were Jill Boone, former RecycleWorks programs manager, and Dianne Anderson, RecycleWorks greenbuilding coordinator.

"Through its innovative, educational programs, RecycleWorks recognizes the creative resource that families in San Mateo County provide in being the incubator for their own future's environment. It's truly exciting to think that tomorrow's solutions may be beginning here today," said San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Jerry Hill. "I'm proud that San Mateo County continues to be in the forefront of addressing environmental concerns."

The award was given for the innovative and collaborative work RecycleWorks has done over the years to educate children and families.

A long-running schools program has offered presentations, technical assistance and the Teachers Edition newsletter for years, reaching thousands of students and teachers. Resting on this strong foundation, RecycleWorks has provided several creative opportunities for families and children to be engaged with their local environment and environmental messages.

A Green Dollhouse Exhibit consisted of fun and creative dollhouses designed and built by professional architects and student design teams to introduce and reinforce the ideas of building with environmentally friendly materials. The dollhouses are built with recycled, rapidly renewable, nontoxic and sustainable forested products, utilize the sun's heat and light and take advantage of natural ventilation and energy and water conservation principles.

The dollhouses have been featured at Coyote Point Museum in San Mateo and have also been displayed in Sacramento and New York.

The "Habitats" project consisted of a poster - San Mateo County, a Great Place to Live - that featured many local habitats, the parks where they are found and the animals that live there. RecycleWorks developed a game for teachers to use to reinforce and supplement the information in the poster. Natural Connections, in English and Spanish versions is a pamphlet that introduces parents to activities and destinations that will involve them in the natural environment.

RecycleWorks KIDS is a section on the Web site designed to help kids make the connection between the consumption of paper and our local natural resources. This site, although focused on the resources and animals of San Mateo County, has become popular across the U.S. and many teachers use RecycleWorks KIDS as part of their lesson plans.

More information on RecycleWorks and the Green Dollhouse Project can be found at and

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