Indicator Report

18 01, 2024

Outreach Lead Mollie Carter Joins SSMC to Expand Sustainability Impact with Partners


We are delighted to announce a significant addition to the Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) team–Mollie Carter, our new Communications and Outreach Lead. This strategic hire marks a pivotal moment for SSMC as we expand our efforts to drive sustainability initiatives in the region. Mollie brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to our cause, making her an exceptional individual to join our team as we continue to enable a more sustainable San Mateo County. This hire comes on the heels of our recent announcement that Simona Vallone is taking on a new integrated role leading three of [...]

Outreach Lead Mollie Carter Joins SSMC to Expand Sustainability Impact with Partners2024-01-18T16:17:43-05:00
21 12, 2023

Simona Vallone to Lead SSMC’s New Integrated Program Strategy


Following the recent appointment of our new Executive Director Sarah Hubbard in October, Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) is thrilled to unveil another exciting development within our team and in our efforts to create a more sustainable and just future. We are delighted to announce the expanded role of Program Manager Simona Vallone, who will now lead the planning and implementation for three of SSMC's core programs: Sustainability Dashboard, Indicators Report and the Sustainability Ideas Bank. This is the first time one Program Manager has led all three of these programs and Simona is the perfect person for the job! [...]

Simona Vallone to Lead SSMC’s New Integrated Program Strategy2023-12-21T15:51:42-05:00
26 10, 2023

2023 Indicators Report: The Well-Being of Children, Youth and Families


2023 Indicators Report: The Well-Being of Children, Youth & Families in San Mateo County Creating a sustainable society entails meeting the social, economic and environmental requirements of the present community while safeguarding the ability of future generations to meet their needs. For families with children—26% of San Mateo County’s households—sustainability depends on having access to a complex and interconnected network of services and supports, including child care, education, and physical and mental health care access, all within a safe and healthy environment that includes secure housing and income opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed many vulnerabilities of the county’s [...]

2023 Indicators Report: The Well-Being of Children, Youth and Families2024-03-06T20:26:41-05:00
28 06, 2023

SSMC Expands Ideas Bank


Take a look! We’ve just launched our new, expanded Sustainability Ideas Bank to help local cities and businesses accelerate sustainability. And with the help of 10 new summer interns, we’ll have even more solutions available by the fall. To meet these new members of the SSMC team, click here. Located on our website here, the Ideas Bank shares nearly 80 sustainability solutions from cities and businesses that have proven successful in San Mateo County as well as many other areas. It is designed to make it easier for cities and businesses to address climate change and other sustainability issues by removing [...]

SSMC Expands Ideas Bank2023-06-28T19:11:47-05:00
29 11, 2022

SSMC Releases 2022 Indicators Report on Building Electrification


San Mateo County’s transition from natural gas to electricity to power buildings is the focus of the 26th annual Indicators Report, which Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) unveiled on November 10 at Genentech in South San Francisco. To access the Indicators Report, a 4-page brochure and a video of the Indicators Report Launch event, go to Building electrification is one of the most effective ways to address climate change, said SSMC Program Manager Sarah Cassanego, who created the report with help from dozens of volunteers. She noted that 17 of the 20 cities in the county have limited natural [...]

SSMC Releases 2022 Indicators Report on Building Electrification2022-12-12T14:25:50-05:00
9 11, 2022

2022 Indicators Report: Building Electrification in San Mateo County


2022 Indicators Report: Building Electrification in San Mateo County Reducing carbon emissions in buildings is one of the most effective ways to address climate change, and San Mateo County is leading the way. Almost all of the towns and cities in the county, 17 out of 20, have limited natural gas (which is primarily methane) in new construction. The county itself has gotten on board, too. Along with Santa Clara County, the San Francisco Peninsula has the highest concentration of jurisdictions that have adopted ordinances limiting gas in the U.S. These efforts have been supported and encouraged by [...]

2022 Indicators Report: Building Electrification in San Mateo County2023-10-12T10:21:40-05:00
21 10, 2021

Indicator Report Highlights Solutions for Equitable Housing


Sustainable San Mateo County’s Indicators Report Launch on October 19 focused on the need for affordable, sustainable housing and highlighted strategies that can make affordable housing for all a reality. It was the 25th year Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) has presented in-depth research on one aspect of sustainability in San Mateo County. This year’s report, “Equitable Housing,” includes comprehensive data, the historical context, driving forces, an analysis of the impact of climate change on housing, case studies, policy initiatives and recommendations. Click here to read the full report, the Executive Summary and the brochure. Click here to view a [...]

Indicator Report Highlights Solutions for Equitable Housing2021-10-21T09:31:18-05:00
20 10, 2021

Looking Ahead


A New Approach There are powerful forces in San Mateo County opposed to affordable housing. How can a city move the needle when residents routinely oppose any housing development and lobbyists pressure them to maintain the status quo? “The No. 1 issue is political will,” said Diana Reddy, a longtime affordable housing advocate who was elected to the Redwood City City Council in 2018. Just a few years ago, housing proponents argued that we needed more homes that teachers and nurses could afford. Now the problem of homelessness is so overwhelming that cities are focusing more often on housing [...]

Looking Ahead2021-10-20T16:37:58-05:00
20 10, 2021

Conclusion and Acknowledgments


Conclusion The current housing crisis did not happen overnight. It is rooted in 250 years of shameful local practices, harmful actions and outright racial discrimination. Sadly, profit and resistance from homeowners opposed to change have too often been more important than social equity. It’s time to focus our attention on making more affordable housing available in every city in San Mateo County. For the sake of our quality of life, and to build a mutually beneficial relationship that restores our ecosystems, more housing must be found immediately. ABAG’s alarming Regional Housing Needs Allocation numbers, recent state legislation alleviating some of [...]

Conclusion and Acknowledgments2021-10-20T13:46:01-05:00
20 10, 2021

Impact of Climate Change on Housing


Climate change impacts every aspect of life, and the housing crisis is no exception. In order to solve the housing crisis and make sure homes are resilient, climate change needs to be taken into consideration. Wildfires Due to climate change, precipitation will likely decrease and higher temperatures will increase, elevating the chances of wildfires and their destructive consequences. A significant portion of San Mateo County is located in the wildland-urban-interface (WUI), which is defined as zones where fire-prone forests coincide with human habitation. More than 35 percent of terrain in the county has a high likelihood of fire ignition.29 As [...]

Impact of Climate Change on Housing2021-10-21T17:44:37-05:00
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