City is regularly recognized for its services and programs. Some of the City's most recent awards are listed below.
Cupertino Block Leader Receive 2010 Helen Putnum Award
The Cupertino Block Leader Program received a 2010 Helen Putnam Award from the League of California Cities for Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics and Community Involvement. The annual Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Program honors outstanding achievements in delivering the highest quality and level of service in the most effective manner possible. The award is given annually in 11 categories. The League of California Cities is a member organization that represents California's incorporated cities. 350 residents volunteer as Cupertino block leaders.
First Place in National Programming Competition
The City of Cupertino received first place in the category of public and community meetings and honorable mention for public affairs programming at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Government Programming Awards in 2007. We receive second and third place in the same categories in 2008.
Cupertino regularly competes with some of the largest cities in the nation, most recently Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In 2006, Cupertino received an honorable mention in the public meeting category. This year the city came in first place, beating Denver and Washington D.C.
In this year's competition, NATOA reviewed 1,200 individual entries from 180 agencies across the nation and Canada. Awards categories cover a variety of programming including, among others, community events, documentary, public affairs and public service, interview/talk show, performing arts, sports, election coverage and children’s issues.
Entries were rated upon criteria that consider the diversity of local government production facilities by recognizing the value of effectiveness and creativity. Winners were recognized at NATOA’s Government Programming Awards Banquet on October 5, 2007, in Portland, OR. "We are thrilled to receive this acknowledgment," said David Knapp, Cupertino City Manager. "This award is a great demonstration that our city staff, and our community, share the same high standards for public communication."
Cupertino General Plan receives American Planning Association Award
The City of Cupertino received a 2007 award from the Northern Section of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association for Comprehensive Planning, Small Jurisdiction, for the Cupertino General Plan. The award was accepted by Steve Piasecki, Director of the Community Development Department, Ciddy Wordell, City Planner, and the consulting team of Planning Resource Associates.
The Cupertino General Plan is the blueprint for Cupertino’s future. A comprehensive review of the General Plan was undertaken from 2000 to 2005, and included the participation of a 74-member General Plan Task Force, who met weekly for four months to make recommended changes to the City Council. The General Plan provides a model format for other cities seeking a highly usable, reader-friendly general plan document. The policies follow a logical order, and the maps and charts are purposely simplified and printed in color so they are easy on the eye and easy to follow. The concise format greatly enhances the effectiveness and usefulness of the plan. The General Plan since its adoption has proven to be an invaluable resource to the public and decision makers alike.
City Facilities Awarded 2008 Green Business Awards
Six businesses and three City government facilities were honored for their work to become green businesses, by the City Council. They are the first to become official “green” businesses in Cupertino.
The Green Business Program is a successful partnership of environmental agencies and utilities that assist, recognize and promote businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. To be certified "green," participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste.
This year’s certification recipients are Clutter Pros, The Driving Machine, EarthCare Landscaping, Intero Real Estate Services, Mattsson Web Solutions, Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, City of Cupertino City Hall, City of Cupertino Community Hall, and City of Cupertino Library.
Some of the measures taken by these businesses to become green are: replacing incandescent bulbs with fluorescent lamps, purchasing recycled content paper and toner cartridges, purchasing energy efficient appliances, installing water saving toilets, insulating pipes, mulching landscape areas to save water and installing drought resistant plants, participating in the Spare the Air program, utilizing integrated pest management practices, and using safe cleaning product. The program is open to any business or government agency in the county. For more info call, (408) 282-3180.