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13 12, 2023

Foster City’s Lending Library


Birthday parties are lots of fun, but they can generate a lot of waste as a result of the single-use paper goods people typically use. Inspired by Palo Alto's zero waste effort, the parents' association at The Carey School invested in a party kit with enough reusable supplies for a party with 40 kids. Nilu Motiwala made the kit available for borrowing through her Foster City Buy Nothing Group. The response was tremendous, with many people offering to add more items. That gave rise to the Lending Library. “Many of us had things sitting in our homes that we didn't [...]

Foster City’s Lending Library2023-12-13T15:00:21-05:00
5 10, 2023

How Young People Took Climate Change to Court and Won


How Young People Took Climate Change to Court and Won By Francesca Segrè When Kian Tanner was 14 years old and Sariel Sandoval was 17, they joined a group of 14 other young plaintiffs in suing the State of Montana for violating their constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment. This summer, with the help of Redwood City trial lawyer Philip Gregory, they won an historic climate case, Held v. State of Montana. The judge in the case found that Montana’s ongoing promotion of fossil fuels violated the children’s state constitutional rights while ignoring climate impacts. On October [...]

How Young People Took Climate Change to Court and Won2023-10-17T16:03:13-05:00
29 08, 2023

Free Program Features Young People in Landmark Climate Lawsuit


One of the lead attorneys and two of the 16 young plaintiffs who recently won a landmark climate lawsuit that made international headlines will discuss the case on Tuesday, October 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at a free program presented by Sustainable San Mateo County and cosponsored by Burlingame’s Department of Parks and Recreation at the Burlingame Community Center. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required at Tickets to this event sold out quickly, but you can be placed on the waiting list by clicking on the link above. Called “The Climate Fight of Their Lives,” the program [...]

Free Program Features Young People in Landmark Climate Lawsuit2023-09-28T18:38:58-05:00
22 08, 2023

Overcoming Obstacles to EV Charging Expansion


An expert from Peninsula Clean Energy and researchers from Stanford University will describe innovative ideas for overcoming barriers to building out a much-needed network of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations during a free “Happy Hour” program on Wednesday, August 30, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Hosted by Sustainable San Mateo County, Happy Hours bring community members together to discuss sustainability issues in an informal setting. Pre-registration is required at Speakers during the program, “Overcoming Barriers to EV Charging Expansion,” will be: Phillip Kobernick, Joe Ficalora, Associate Programs Manager at Peninsula Clean Energy, which recently hit the [...]

Overcoming Obstacles to EV Charging Expansion2023-08-29T15:58:15-05:00
28 06, 2023

SSMC Expands Ideas Bank


Take a look! We’ve just launched our new, expanded Sustainability Ideas Bank to help local cities and businesses accelerate sustainability. And with the help of 10 new summer interns, we’ll have even more solutions available by the fall. To meet these new members of the SSMC team, click here. Located on our website here, the Ideas Bank shares nearly 80 sustainability solutions from cities and businesses that have proven successful in San Mateo County as well as many other areas. It is designed to make it easier for cities and businesses to address climate change and other sustainability issues by removing [...]

SSMC Expands Ideas Bank2023-06-28T19:11:47-05:00
28 06, 2023

We’re Hiring!


Sustainable San Mateo County is seeking a full-time Executive Director.. The Executive Director will lead SSMC and be responsible for promoting the organization, fundraising and overall management of our staff, programs and budget. This person will be charged with expanding and optimizing SSMC's operations in order to significantly increase the organization's impact. For details, visit This is an excellent opportunity for someone wishing to interact with sustainability professionals and advance their career in the field. Founded in 1992, SSMC is a well-respected nonprofit with strong connections to leaders throughout San Mateo County. We are committed to diversity, equity and [...]

We’re Hiring!2023-08-07T08:48:54-05:00
12 04, 2023

Big Turnout for SSMC’s Awards Celebration


Nearly 300 people attended Sustainable San Mateo County’s 24th Annual Awards Celebration on March 30 at the College of San Mateo to honor champions of sustainability, bid on auction items and enjoy dinner together. It was the first time the event was held in person since 2019, and attendees greeted old friends with great enthusiasm. San Mateo County Supervisor Noelia Corzo and former Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, who currently serves as SSMC’s vice chair, presented Sustainability Awards to Diane Bailey and Tom Kabat of Menlo Spark for their electrification successes; Redwood High School, a continuation school in Redwood City; [...]

Big Turnout for SSMC’s Awards Celebration2023-04-12T17:20:45-05:00
12 04, 2023

SSMC Seeks Summer Interns


SSMC has a limited number of positions available for college-age summer interns this summer to work on our Sustainability Ideas Bank. Three will be paid a stipend of $800 for 8 weeks of work. Others are volunteer positions with more flexibility. To learn what’s involved, click here. To read what some of our past interns have told us about their experiences, click here and here. A video featuring some Stanford interns is available here.

SSMC Seeks Summer Interns2023-04-28T12:54:43-05:00
12 04, 2023

Program Aims to Empower Youths


In celebration of Earth Day, six local organizations promoting climate action will host “Youth for Climate Policy,” a free webinar designed to show youths how they can effectively influence local government leaders to address climate change. This program will take place on Zoom on Friday, April 21, from 5 to 6 p.m. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required at Presented by Sustainable San Mateo County, and cosponsored by 350 Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Youth Climate Action, Acterra, Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Peninsula Clean Energy, the program will offer practical tips on how to connect with leaders at the [...]

Program Aims to Empower Youths2023-04-13T12:02:33-05:00
29 11, 2022

SSMC Releases 2022 Indicators Report on Building Electrification


San Mateo County’s transition from natural gas to electricity to power buildings is the focus of the 26th annual Indicators Report, which Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) unveiled on November 10 at Genentech in South San Francisco. To access the Indicators Report, a 4-page brochure and a video of the Indicators Report Launch event, go to Building electrification is one of the most effective ways to address climate change, said SSMC Program Manager Sarah Cassanego, who created the report with help from dozens of volunteers. She noted that 17 of the 20 cities in the county have limited natural [...]

SSMC Releases 2022 Indicators Report on Building Electrification2022-12-12T14:25:50-05:00
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