Energy

5 10, 2020

Community Education and Outreach Efforts on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

2020-10-09T15:23:14-05:00

San Mateo County Office of Education's Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) launched its Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative at the start of the 2017-18 school year. The initiative's vision is for the school communities and leaders to prioritize sustainability integration and environmental literacy for all students. The initiative supports a broad variety of complementary programs and efforts, including: Collective Impact - Campus as a Laboratory for Learning Program: This program utilizes the Collective Impact Approach to bring together school districts and their broader community to “green” one aspect of their school’s [...]

Community Education and Outreach Efforts on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency2020-10-09T15:23:14-05:00
4 10, 2020

Energy and Land use

2020-10-09T15:46:13-05:00

Many renewable energy technologies, such as wind and solar farms, require enormous amounts of land if deployed at scale, putting them in competition with other land uses, including agriculture. Critical factors in siting mega-solar plants are access to sunlight, solar irradiation, available land, market demand, local expertise, land prices and sufficient transmission infrastructure. Factors that slow down siting for large mega-solar plants include insurance, ownership, permitting, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance and zoning problems. The San Mateo County Energy and Water Strategy 2025 provides a detailed strategy of the county's vision to transition to cleaner energy and water use. [...]

Energy and Land use2020-10-09T15:46:13-05:00
4 10, 2020

Renewable Energy Financing

2020-10-09T15:34:17-05:00

San Mateo County is committed to providing financial incentives and rebates to residents who are looking to purchase renewable energy systems and other energy-efficiency upgrades. Available in San Mateo County are programs such as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), a financing mechanism that allows homeowners to install energy efficiency, water efficiency or clean energy projects with no upfront costs; SunShares, an annual, limited-time program that offers discounts on residential solar and EVs; and Bay Area Renewable Energy (BayREN), which offers energy use reduction improvements through partner contractors. A home energy adviser can help residents of detached single-family homes and buildings [...]

Renewable Energy Financing2020-10-09T15:34:17-05:00
26 09, 2020

Upcoming Events

2020-10-05T15:51:13-05:00

October 6: Annual Indicators Report Launch Event 2020 Indicators Report Focuses on Path to Carbon-Free FutureSustainable San Mateo County’s 24th annual Indicators Report will be unveiled October 6 at a free online gathering featuring experts sharing solutions about “The Road to Decarbonization” for the State of California and local communities in San Mateo County. Keynote Speaker: Josh Becker, State Senate Candidate The event will feature State Senate candidate Josh Becker and energy experts David Kaneda of IDeAs Consulting, Sylvia Lee of Facebook and Phillip Kobernick of Peninsula Clean Energy. They will share solutions about “The Road to Decarbonization” [...]

Upcoming Events2020-10-05T15:51:13-05:00
4 09, 2020

2020 Key Indicator

2020-10-19T09:05:03-05:00

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency The Dual-Axis Solar Carport in Burlingame supports up to 600 solar panels. Conventional fossil-fuel energy sources such as coal and natural gas are huge contributors to climate change. Non-renewable electricity and power generation use large amounts of scarce energy and water resources and pollute both the air and water, greatly harming our health and environment. On the other hand, renewable energy generated from sources including sun, wind and tides provides substantial benefits for mitigating climate change and restoring our health and environment. Last year, Sustainable San Mateo County’s annual Key Indicator report [...]

2020 Key Indicator2020-10-19T09:05:03-05:00
27 07, 2020

Indicators Report

2020-10-09T16:55:23-05:00

About the Indicators Report Sustainable San Mateo County has been tracking sustainability progress in the county since 1997 through its annual Indicators Report. This report provides fact-based information on sustainability indicators and local trends impacting San Mateo County’s economy, environment and social equity. Since its inception, the Indicators Report has been welcomed as a credible source of information by governments, businesses, civic groups and nonprofit organizations that use it to set goals, measure progress and prioritize resource allocation. Propelled by the philosophy that “what gets measured, gets managed,” the report presents metrics, success stories and [...]

Indicators Report2020-10-09T16:55:23-05:00
29 10, 2019

Indicators Report

2020-10-05T13:48:34-05:00

2020 Indicators Report Focuses on Path to Carbon-Free Future Sustainable San Mateo County’s 24th annual Indicators Report will be unveiled October 6, 2020 at a free online gathering featuring experts sharing solutions about “The Road to Decarbonization” for the State of California and local communities in San Mateo County. Each year the Indicators Report examines one aspect of sustainability performance in San Mateo County. This year the emphasis is on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The report includes comprehensive data, key challenges and actions, case studies and solutions within San Mateo County. The Indicators Report Launch from 11 a.m. to [...]

Indicators Report2020-10-05T13:48:34-05:00
16 05, 2013

Environment: Climate and Energy

2020-07-29T00:10:31-05:00

Why is this Important? Increased levels of greenhouse gases (GHG) are the primary cause of man-made climate change. While some GHGs enter the atmosphere through nature's carbon cycle, an increasing share now comes from human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. Earth's average temperature has increased 1.4 º Fahrenheit over the last century and is projected to rise another 2-11 º over the next 100 years if we do not curb emissions. The impacts of climate change"altered rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, and more extreme weather events"can already be observed, and Bay lands and coastal [...]

Environment: Climate and Energy2020-07-29T00:10:31-05:00