Menlo names environmental award-winners


The five winners of Menlo Park's annual environmental quality awards have been announced.

Boy Scout Troop 109 won in the cultural/historical category for restoring the signage along the Great Spirit Path in Bedwell Bayfront Park, and creating a permanent orienteering course in the park. Eagle Scouts Daniel and Philipp Kopisch led the effort.

In the heritage tree category, the Sharon Park Homeowners Association won for its dedication to caring for more than 200 heritage trees in their gated neighborhood at the west end of Sharon Park Drive.

The Dailey Method, an exercise studio at 3528 Alameda de Las Pulgas, got top honors for resource conservation. Owner Erin Paruszewski renovated the studio with the goal of making it as green as possible by using high-efficiency lighting, bamboo towels, energy-saving hand dryers, and other features.

Two pairs of homeowners received awards. Bobbie and Joseph Carcione won for sustainable landscaping improvements at 1817 Oakdell Drive. The couple created a Victorian-style garden, complete with bocce ball courts and vegetable beds for the community.

Finally, Chris and Trudy VanIngen won in the architectural category for home improvements at 1835 Oakdell Drive that earned the home a place among the top five green-rated houses in California, according to Build It Green's rating system.

The winners will receive their awards at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The meeting starts at 7 p.m at 701 Laurel St.

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