5 10, 2020

Community Education and Outreach Efforts on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency


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

Transportation and Clean Energy


COVID-19’s Impact on the Transportation and Energy Consumption Sector Traffic on Highway 101 decreased dramatically during the pandemic. Credit: Don Nolte Many state and regional economies had to shut down beginning in February and March of 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to the Institute for Regional Studies in Silicon Valley, annual GHG emissions in Silicon Valley could decline by an estimated 8 to 21 percent year-over-year, based on measured declines in vehicle miles traveled in March and April. Similarly, global GHG emissions are expected to decrease by 4 to 8 percent this year due [...]

Transportation and Clean Energy2020-10-09T15:32:20-05:00
26 09, 2020

Upcoming Events


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


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


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

Case Studies


Electrification of CalTrain, Bullet Train (High Speed Rail) *  Use of Green Infrastructure * Multi-modal transport that bring additional benefits of health and environment - Complete streets * Blue Planet * CAL FIRE’s Strategic Plan to Limit Wildfire Damage *  San Francisco Airport’s Zero Net Energy Goal  *  Sanger and Chowchilla: Models for Clean Energy Financing *  How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Build Resilience * Safeguarding Highway 101 on Humboldt Bay from Rising Sea Levels * Valley Water’s Multi-Pronged Approach to Safeguarding Water Resources  * The Ohlone-Portolá Heritage Trail *  Smart Sidewalks by Pavegen Systems * Peninsula Clean Energy: Cleaner and Cheaper Energy   [...]

Case Studies2020-08-23T12:47:40-05:00
29 10, 2019



Transportation has significant impact on GHG emissions and air quality. Laying out infrastructure and incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency and transitioning to clean energy can help mitigate GHG emissions. In 2012, the transportation sector contributed to about 61 percent of total GHG emissions in SMC.[1] Solo driving accounts for most of the GHG emissions by this sector.[2] These high levels of emissions can be attributed to the fact that SMC is located in between two major employment hubs, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties.[3] Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more emissions that [...]

29 10, 2019

Indicators Report


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
31 10, 2018

Climate Change Action


This report identifies the key drivers of local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, emergent practices that remove emissions from the air, plans to scale up and fund solutions, and preparations for changes in temperature and weather patterns. Measuring and evaluating the effectiveness of these solutions will guide further action to remove excess carbon from the atmosphere and balance emissions as we move forward. Explore the Report by Topic: Commute Management & Low Emission Transportation ♦ Energy Efficiency & Renewables ♦ Food & Agriculture ♦ Water ♦ Business ♦ Carbon Storage ♦ Eliminate Waste ♦ Resilience Planning ♦ Explore Climate Change Data [...]

Climate Change Action2020-09-02T23:26:00-05:00