Agriculture and Food

14 02, 2024

2024 Green Building Award Winner: The Nueva School’s Science and Environmental Center


The 2024 Green Building Award, cosponsored by Sustainable San Mateo County, the American Institute of Architects, San Mateo County Chapter and Peninsula Clean Energy, is presented to The Nueva School’s Science and Environmental Center. The Science and Environmental Center, which opened in 2021, supports the school’s evolving mission of sustainability and environmental stewardship as a foundational pillar of student education. It provides a new home for the school’s environmental citizenship program with eight science labs and associated support spaces. The project is designed to be zero net energy/zero net carbon – an all-electric building that models a resilient, low-carbon future. [...]

2024 Green Building Award Winner: The Nueva School’s Science and Environmental Center2024-04-18T15:20:11-05:00
14 02, 2024

2024 Youth Sustainability Award Winner: Kayla Ling


Just 15 years old, this remarkable sophomore at The Nueva School is making waves in the areas of environmental advocacy and social justice through her passion for video storytelling. Her commitment to inspiring others and mobilizing communities has earned her our first-ever Youth Sustainability Award. Kayla is a stand-out leader at her school, where she organizes impactful initiatives for her fellow students in the Environmental Club, including the Eco-Action Raisers event that empowers 300 students and teachers to take tangible action for the environment. She has also served as Nueva’s Social Justice Chair, organizing workshops and guest speakers to enrich [...]

2024 Youth Sustainability Award Winner: Kayla Ling2024-04-18T15:09:26-05:00
14 02, 2024

2024 Ruth Peterson Award to Be Presented to Bernard Bruand


The Ruth Peterson Award, established in memory of a dedicated SSMC leader and given to an invaluable SSMC volunteer, will be presented to Bernard Bruand. Bernard does not shy away from the complex and global nature of climate change and building a sustainable community. He was born in France and graduated from Lyon University with a degree in electronics and electro-mechanics. After working for 40 years with Hewlett Packard in France, Germany, Singapore and California, Bernard retired in 2012 and decided to focus on contributing to society. He had a special interest in sustainability and joined the San Mateo [...]

2024 Ruth Peterson Award to Be Presented to Bernard Bruand2024-02-20T18:08:51-05:00
14 02, 2024

2024 Sustainability Award Winner: Youth Climate Ambassadors


The Youth Climate Ambassadors (YCA) Leadership Program is a first of its kind in California. The program is a knowledge-to-action seven-month long leadership program that provides 9-12th grade students in San Mateo County the opportunity to explore social and environmental issues contributing to the global climate crisis. Over the past five years, 273 students have participated in the program. Participants increase their knowledge on climate change and build communication and other professional skills through a series of 10 workshops and retreats. Their work culminates with a Community Impact Project that is youth-created and youth-led and designed to translate knowledge and [...]

2024 Sustainability Award Winner: Youth Climate Ambassadors2024-04-18T13:57:33-05:00
13 02, 2024

2024 Sustainability Award Winner: Byrd’s Filling Station


As San Mateo County’s first and only grocer focused on the sustainability of each product and the supply chain, Byrd’s Filling Station has reimagined a grocery store without single-use plastics. Since opening in May 2022, it has already eliminated over 100,000 pieces of single-use plastics. Laura Porter started Byrd’s Filling Station to give busy people one convenient place to find effective plastic-free, natural products. The store focuses on organic and/or non-GMO products and reusable or recyclable packaging. It also prioritizes local vendors to ensure a resilient, community-focused supply chain that minimizes greenhouse gas emissions. Byrd’s is a woman-owned business (WBE) [...]

2024 Sustainability Award Winner: Byrd’s Filling Station2024-04-18T13:47:25-05:00
31 01, 2024

The New Sustainability Ideas Bank: Online, Searchable and Downloadable!


Implement new sustainability programs and policies in less time with fewer issues. Doing anything for the very first time is hard. There’s a learning curve. Like when I recently built kitchen cabinets. The first one was a painstaking process to figure out which pieces went together, in what order, which screws to use, how far to drill them in, etc. After the first one, I whipped out five more with ease. The same is true for designing policies and implementing programs to become more sustainable. Establishing a renter equity program, getting people to try an induction cooktop, establishing deconstruction waste [...]

The New Sustainability Ideas Bank: Online, Searchable and Downloadable!2024-02-02T19:03:09-05:00
11 10, 2023

2023 Indicators Report Launch Event


The Well-Being of Children, Youth and Families in San Mateo County Sustainable San Mateo County’s 27th Annual Indicators Report was unveiled on October 26, 2023, at a free in-person event at the CZI Community Space in Redwood City. The report takes an in-depth look at the many factors affecting children, youth and families in our county. Read the press release. Read a summary of key facts in the report. At the event, SSMC’s Indicators Report Program Manager, Simone Vallone, shared some of the key findings and highlights of the Indicators Report, along with recommendations for next steps. Other [...]

2023 Indicators Report Launch Event2023-10-27T10:43:48-05:00
25 10, 2022

2022 Indicators Report Launch Event


Building Electrification in San Mateo County, IR 2022 Launch Event Sustainable San Mateo County’s 26th annual Indicators Report was unveiled November 10 at a free in-person event hosted by Genentech. This year, we took a deep dive into examining San Mateo County's progress on building electrification, with a special look at the existing building stock. SSMC's Indicators Report Program Manager, Sarah Cassanego, shared some of the key findings and highlights of our Indicators Report, along with recommendations for next steps. Read the 2022 Indicators Report Read our press release Watch videos of the Indicators Launch event: Entire program [...]

2022 Indicators Report Launch Event2022-11-30T19:02:52-05:00
3 03, 2022

Turning Organic Waste into Gold


During February’s Happy Hour we unpacked the state’s new composting law (SB1383) with the help of three local experts in the field: Joe La Mariana, Executive Director of Rethink Waste, Monica Devincenzi from Republic Services and Gordon Tong, representing San Mateo County's Office of Sustainability. Monica started off the evening by sharing some historical context on waste management. She explained that each county is supposed to have at least one active landfill within its borders with a minimum of 15 years of waste capacity. San Mateo County has one active landfill site, Ox Mountain in Half Moon Bay, which is [...]

Turning Organic Waste into Gold2022-03-08T14:17:35-05:00
30 06, 2021

Just How Bad Is the Drought?


On June 22, Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency due to this year’s extreme drought conditions. To date, 2021 ranks as the second driest year for California, with 1977 being the driest year on record. Yet San Mateo County hasn’t asked residents to cut back water use. Why? At our June Happy Hour, Tom Francis explained that San Mateo County’s water reserves are in much better shape than many jurisdictions in the state. As Water Resources Manager at the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), Tom tracks water levels closely. He said 85 percent [...]

Just How Bad Is the Drought?2021-06-30T20:33:25-05:00
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