Awards & Recognition


Jefferson Award: We are so grateful and honored to have won the Jefferson Award. Jim Fithian, Ana Garcia and Lynn Adams are been rewarded the Jefferson Award medal in demonstration of their dedication and love for the ocean and our community.

Open Space Award: For the first time, the City of Pacifica awarded us with the Open Space Preservation Award to acknowledge the hard work that we do with our beach cleanups and habitat restoration initiatives.
Bay Area Metro Award: We are so proud to have won the Bay Area Metro Award and be part of the “big guys”. It shows how much of an impact we have across all the Bay Area.

Pacifica Magazine: Our Earth Honoree, the Sea Star got featured in the local paper.
Pacifica Magazine: Jeff and Paxton and their never ending battle against plastic got recognized and featured here again, in our local magazine.
Fog Fest: We won the best Float Award with our and crafted cups made out of materials found during our beach cleanups. Our goal was to show that by just bringing your own cup to coffee shops, can help reduce the amount of single use plastic that ends up in the landfill to never disappear.


Sustainable San Mateo: awarded by the San Mateo County of the prestigious Sustainability Award.

Matson: awarded $5000 to PBC for helping to pick up the lost container, styrofoam and bread crate pieces. Read more about it!
Earth Day:  Congressional, State Senate, and State Assembly honors.
Coastal Cleanup Day: Ribbon cutting for Cigarette litter abatement campaign with Susan Hansh, CA Coastal Commission, Chief Deputy Director,  Eben Schwartz, CA Coastal Commission and Marine Debris Program Manager.
Read the City of Pacifica Proclamation
Won reputable CA Coastal Commission: Whale Tail Grant.

Earth Day and Coastal Cleanup Day: The Pacific Beach Coalition received certificates from Jerry Hill and the Certificate of Proclamation from Jackie Speier along with a $3,000 check from Don Horsley, our County Supervisor.

Fog Fest Parade Most Creative Group: The Pacific Beach Coalition was awarded Most Creative Group for the “March of the Bees” which buzzswam down Palmetto Avenue to celebrate the bees and show pride for a cleaner Pacific Coast! The PBC was also received a $100 check.

Chicken of the Sea award (2)

Chicken of the Sea’s Great American Gratitude Award: The Pacific Beach Coalition received a whale of a surprise with an $10,000 award from Chicken of the Sea’s Great American Gratitude campaign celebrating their Centennial which honored 100 individuals, causes and organizations that are making a difference. Check out KTVU’s “Bay Area People.”


Outstanding Community Organization:  The Pacific Beach Coalition received “2013 Outstanding Community Organization” from the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce during its 2014 Awards Ceremony & Installation Dinner. The San Mateo County of Supervisors and Congresswoman Jackie Speier also presented commendations to the Coalition during the ceremony.


 Bay Area Cox Conserves Hero Award:  Pacific Beach Coalition President Lynn Adams received the award and designated  the Coalition as beneficiary of the $10,000 award given to honor environmental volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces. The funds supported the 10th Anniversary of Earth Day of Action in 2014.
Fog Fest Parade Best Walking Group:
The Pacific Beach Coalition was awarded Best Walking Group for the “March of the Sharks” which swam down Palmetto Avenue to celebrate sharks and show pride for a cleaner Pacifica! The PBC was joined by Sea Stewards in a collective effort to educate about shark and marine life protection by keeping litter out of the ocean and off our beaches and streets.


Bay Area’s Top 4 “Cleanup” Nonprofit Groups: NerdWallet recognized the Pacifica Beach Coalition for its work protecting the city’s coast and marine wildlife. “As with any successful movement or organization, the Pacific Beach Coalition is rooted in community action, starting at the individual level.”
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Assemblyman Jerry Hill Honors Pacific Beach Coalition: Assemblyman Jerry Hill honored the Pacific Beach Coalition with the 19th Assembly District’s Environmental Leadership Award for many years of volunteer service in the community. Hill presented the award during “Java with Jerry,” a community gathering on October 27 at Mazzetti’s Bakery in Pacifica. “San Mateo County is rich in natural beauty, and some of its greatest treasures are here in Pacifica, with its more than six miles of beaches and shoreline habitats,” Hill said. “Much of it is staggeringly beautiful, and were it not for some key organizations in the community and their members, those very beaches could well be a staggering mess. Today, I’d like to recognize an organization that has been a great environmental leader, working with the city and residents – that’s the Pacific Beach Coalition.”

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