Kirsten Andrews-Schwind, Senior Manager of Community Relations at Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE),* joined us during one of our monthly Happy Hour online discussions on July 29 to talk about energy resilience in the county, a hot topic especially as we move into wildfire season.Last fall PG&E had several public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) in order to prevent wildfires from being started by electrical equipment. The shutoffs affected more than 3 million California residents and caught many by surprise.While PCE has no control over PSPS events or maintaining the power grids, it has committed $10 million toward programs that will help [...]
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Rev. Kirsten Snow Spalding of Ceres, the guest presenter at Sustainable San Mateo County’s Virtual Happy Hour on August 27, said current trends influencing sustainable investment include fossil fuel divestment from individual portfolios, engaging with heavy-emitting companies to move them to become more sustainable and focusing on private equity. Rev. Spalding is Senior Program Director, Investor Network, at Ceres. In this capacity, she engages with a network of over 175 institutional investors with more than $30 trillion in assets under management. Investors in her network include insurance companies, university endowments, banks and pension funds. As Rev. Spalding sees it, there are two [...]
Join us for our 25th Anniversary Celebration! Join us in Huddart Park on October 7 from 2-5pm to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Sustainable San Mateo County. Bring your family and friends and get to know your SSMC community of staff, volunteers and supporters. We'll provide desserts and beverages and there'll be outdoor activities such as volleyball, bean bag toss and hiking. And you'll have the chance to share your memories of SSMC over the years in our video shoot. Register here for your free tickets Founded in 1992 and dedicated to the long-term health of San Mateo County For [...]
The San Mateo County Green Business Program and Sustainable San Mateo County are teaming up to host a celebration and networking event for local sustainability professionals. Join us for a fun evening to meet and mingle with green business professionals, sustainability advocates and others working to make our county and region healthy and vibrant. Devil's Canyon Brewing Company will be serving up their award-winning sustainable beers (and root beer!) and we'll have hors d'oeuvres from local Green-Business-Certified caterers. Exhibitors from around the county will share their products and services to showcase the array of local green-certified businesses. Tickets are $5/person [...]
Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC), a nonprofit operating in the county for over 20 years, is dedicated to the long-term health and vitality of San Mateo County through environmental protection, economic development, and social equity. SSMC has thoroughly analyzed and vetted proposed Measure K and supports its passage. Measure K seeks to extend the sunset date of previously passed Measure A (2012) from 2023 to 2043. It is anticipated that Measure K will raise approximately $85 million/year to support continuation of critical county services, and to address long term infrastructure and social issues facing the county. Specifically, SSMC supports [...]
As part of SSMC's research on our 2016 Key Indicator: Food Systems, our Indicators team created this fun infographic showing the growing and catching seasons for produce and fish in San Mateo County. Fresh off the press, we placed this handout at our County Fair booth and heard it was one of the most popular handouts in the sustainable living department! Since we can't be everywhere and printing lots of copies wouldn't be the most sustainable thing to do anyhow, here it is for your viewing enjoyment. Click the image to view full-size and, if you must, print it for [...]
Join SSMC Board Member, local chef, and winemaker, Dan Peterson for our 8th annual Feast at the Farm fundraiser for Sustainable San Mateo County. Enjoy local farm fresh products paired with exceptional wine. Tour the farm. Meet with local farmers. Experience the stunning beauty of the San Mateo Coast. Saturday, July 23, 2016 - Farm tour starts at 4:00pm with dinner to follow. Potrero Ñuevo Farm - 1045 Tunitas Creek Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. Tickets are $200 until the end of June, and will go up to $250 on July 1st. Just 32 seats available, and [...]
Here at SSMC, we are learning as much as we can about Food Systems for this year's Indicators Report focused on the topic. We are excited to be a small part of a much broader movement across the region and the country to make "good food" the norm. Next week, we're hosting an Indicators Launch & Lunch on Growing Food in San Mateo County, and the evening before our friends at the Burlingame Citizens' Environmental Council are hosting a screening of the documentary "Edible City." We hope to see you at these wonderful events! In the mean time, here's a [...]
Coming to the 2016 Sustainability Awards? Here are some important notes for you! **TICKET SALES ARE NOW CLOSED** You may contact our office at 650.638.2323 to inquire about additional tickets at the door Visit our Awards page for more information about the awards program and this year's winners and sponsors. The Basics: Thursday, March 31, 2016 College of San Mateo, Bayview Dining Room - Building 10 College Center 5:30-6:30 Wine and Beer Reception and Silent Auction 6:30-9 Dinner, Award Presentations, Live Auction, and Raffle Attire: Business/Smart Casual Directions and Parking Information: See our map--parking on campus has changed since last [...]
Recently, we took a team trip to KitchenTown, for research purposes, of course. Our main objective was taste the local food system. And after two hours of arduous studies, we can positively affirm that the local food system is delicious. KitchenTown is essentially an incubator for food startups, where local producers have access to state-of-the-art facilities, expert advice, and a food-oriented community. KitchenTown gives these entrepreneurs the opportunity stay product-focused, rather than waste time and energy on inefficient production processes (such as hand cutting baked goods). Eventually, these companies grow up and move out, making room for new companies to [...]