Applications for SSMC’s 2024 Green Building Award are now closed. The winner will be celebrated at SSMC’s 25th Annual Awards Event on April 10th. Green building plays a pivotal role in advancing sustainability efforts by integrating environmentally responsible practices into the design, construction and operation of structures. The environmental impact of traditional construction methods, including energy consumption, water usage and waste generation, is substantial. Green building, however, focuses on reducing this impact by incorporating energy-efficient technologies, utilizing sustainable materials and implementing resource-conserving strategies. By adopting these practices, green buildings contribute to the overall reduction of carbon emissions, lower energy consumption [...]
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Sustainable San Mateo County’s 2023 Indicators Report reveals some surprising facts about pressures that are making life difficult for families in the county. At a Launch Event attended by 80 people on October 26, speakers described how county agencies and local nonprofits are still struggling to keep up with the increased demand for services triggered by COVID-19. “We learned a lot through the pandemic,” said keynote speaker Mike Callagy, county executive for San Mateo County, when the virus “highlighted the disparities we had, especially with families and kids.” Among the examples he cited in our county, “one of the richest [...]
Peninsula Clean Energy is seeking community insights and feedback from environmental advocates to help shape its future customer offerings. You’re invited to share ideas for new products and services during a special webinar hosted by Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) on Wednesday, November 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. You can register for this free, virtual workshop at https://bit.ly/EnviroHeroesSMC. Since 2016, thousands of Peninsula Clean Energy customers have opted up to ECO100, paying a 1 cent per kilowatt-hour premium to receive 100% renewable energy. Peninsula Clean Energy has plans to reach that 100% renewable energy goal for its entire [...]
Sustainable San Mateo County is thrilled to introduce you to its new Executive Director, Sarah Hubbard! After previously serving as the Program Manager for our Sustainability Ideas Bank and Dashboard programs, Sarah welcomes this new role with enthusiasm. Her deep understanding of our programs, priorities, and your concerns make her the perfect fit to guide the organization. Sarah's journey as a sustainability and social justice advocate began when she volunteered with the Peace Corps in Uruguay, working on economic development and education projects to enhance the local communities' quality of life. This life-changing experience set the course for her [...]
The recently published U20 2023 Communiqué to G20 leaders highlights the importance of collaborative action in addressing global sustainability challenges. It also underscores the significance of organizations like Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) and their efforts to connect with and support initiatives like G20 and U20, which bring together leaders from around the world to discuss critical issues. By empowering local communities and promoting sustainable practices, SSMC contributes to the goals outlined by G20 and U20, reinforcing the critical role of cities in addressing sustainability challenges. Understanding G20 and U20 The Group of Twenty (G20) is an international forum that [...]