The founders of local start-up, Impossible Foods, were inspired to make a product that would curb meat-lover's carbon footprint and improve biodiversity. At a tour of their facility, we learned that over time the planet's biodiversity has taken a dive as humans and the cattle we harvest represent an increasing amount of terrestrial biomass. In 2016, humans took up 420 million metric tons and cattle, 1 billion tons of biomass, while other animals only represent 90 million tons (Impossible Foods, 2018). In our 2018 Indicators Report on Climate Change Action, we noted the impact of food choices on greenhouse gas [...]
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With our focus on climate this year, we jumped at the chance to learn from a diverse group of leaders, scientists, and activists at the Bay Area Climate Emergency Town Hall. Hosted by the City of Berkeley, which recently declared a climate emergency, the meeting encouraged "accelerated timelines for the elimination of GHG emissions" through an environmental justice perspective that offers pivotal solutions to climate change. Opening remarks by the Mayor of Berkeley, Jesse Arreguin, confirmed that "this is not just an emergency, this is an emergency of our moral obligation to the world." Vice Mayor, Cheryl Davila, welcomed Corrina [...]
Dig in to a lively afternoon of learning about local sustainability projects and how you can make an impact. Local experts will explain the surprising benefits of carbon farming, share accomplishments in renewable energy, and demonstrate the science behind home composting. Thanks to Peninsula Clean Energy, the first 100 registrants will receive a free copy of Paul Hawken's inspiring book "Drawdown". Sign-up here for a chance at your own copy! SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE When: APRIL 28, 2018 / 1-5 PM Where: San Mateo County Event Center, Sequoia Hall (Room 7) Cost: Free! Sustainable San Mateo County is proud to collaborate with [...]
Housing and transportation are two of the largest household expenses, and we had a full house at our Indicators Report Launch event centered on housing and transportation solutions. We shared our newest research and welcomed an expert panel representing local government, businesses, and advocacy groups. Speakers shared ideas to bring communities to together to collaborate on housing and transportation solutions. Peggy Jensen, Deputy County Manager, San Mateo County summarized the findings of the county's Jobs-housing taskforce: the biggest hurdles in the housing crunch are the lack of land, funding, and public support for new housing. Because over 2/3 of housing [...]