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
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
12 04, 2023

SSMC Seeks Summer Interns


SSMC has a limited number of positions available for college-age summer interns this summer to work on our Sustainability Ideas Bank. Three will be paid a stipend of $800 for 8 weeks of work. Others are volunteer positions with more flexibility. To learn what’s involved, click here. To read what some of our past interns have told us about their experiences, click here and here. A video featuring some Stanford interns is available here.

SSMC Seeks Summer Interns2023-04-28T12:54:43-05:00
18 06, 2020



We are always on the lookout for talented and motivated individuals who want to help maintain and improve our quality of life in San Mateo County. SIGN UP HERE. We’ve listed a few opportunities below, but we can use help in many areas, including social media and database creation, so please contact us if you want to get involved. We also offer internships for students. Committee Opportunities: Indicators Committee Researches and drafts the annual Indicators Report, which examines one critical sustainability issue and how it impacts San Mateo County. The topic for [...]

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