About SSMC’s Awards Program

SSMC has presented 174 awards to local sustainability champions since 1999. Our Awards Program is an inspiring celebration and “must attend” event that pays tribute to those working to make our region truly sustainable.

Our 2024 Awardees were recognized on April 10th at our 25th Annual Awards Celebration and Auction.

Read about our inspiring 2024 Awardees

Learn about the 2024 Awards Celebration

See highlights of our Event

See past awardees

We recognize leaders in the following categories:

  • Sustainability Awards: The work of Sustainability Award winners must have an impact in San Mateo County on the three E’s of sustainability: Environmental impacts, social Equity and Economic vitality. Nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, educational institutions, individuals and youth (individuals or groups) are eligible. For the first time this year, we are presenting a Youth Sustainability Award.
  • Green Building Award: This award is given to a building in San Mateo County that promotes green, sustainable design and construction and a commitment to electrification or decarbonization efforts. It recognizes the architect, builder and owner of the building. This award is sponsored by SSMC, the American Institute of Architects’ San Mateo County Chapter and Peninsula Clean Energy.
  • Ruth Peterson Award: Established in memory of a dedicated SSMC leader, this award is given to a volunteer who has given outstanding service to SSMC.

To see all previous award winners, click here.

Thanks to our 2024 Awards Sponsors



Community Sponsor

Bohannon Foundation | Community Bank of the Bay | Joe Cotchett | Caltrain |
David & Nancy Crabbe | Mark Olbert & Barbara McHugh |
Port of Redwood City |
SamTrans/San Mateo County Transportation Authority |
San Mateo County Sustainability Department | South San Francisco Scavenger| Wilson Meany

Neighborhood Sponsor

David Amann | Donna & Eric Colson | DES Architects + Engineers | Environmental Risk & Financial Solutions |
Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc. | Jerry Hill | Kaiser Permanente |
George & Rhonda Kreitem |
Terry & Jim Nagel | Recology | Republic Services |
RethinkWaste | Silicon Valley Community Foundation | Sims Metal


Joanna Cui | Warren Dale & Georgi LaBerge | Good City Company | Grassroots Ecology | Kirsten Keith | Patricia McBrayer |
MidPen Housing Corp. | Lisa Diaz & Michael Nash | Petra Silton | San Mateo County Office of Education

Special Contributors

Bernard Bruand
Guy Cummins
Ricki McGlashan
Dan Peterson
Bill Schulte
The Daily Journal

To add your business or organization to this list