7 05, 2024

Clean the Air and Get Rebates: How to Replace your Gas Water Heater


Contributed by Gerard Manning and Terry Nagel There are some super deals available right now for replacing your gas water heater if you are income qualified, and bargains for everyone are expected soon. But these pots of money are limited, so it’s important to act quickly. Currently, residents of San Mateo County who make less than $103,000 a year (if they live alone) or $149,100 (for a family of four) are eligible for a rebate of $7,745 on a new heat pump electric water heater, making it free to replace in most cases. You can even get an interest-free loan [...]

Clean the Air and Get Rebates: How to Replace your Gas Water Heater2024-05-07T19:12:29-05:00
25 04, 2024

Summer Internship Positions Now Open


Are you passionate about sustainability and eager to make a tangible impact in your community? Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) is offering an exciting summer internship opportunity that might just be what you're looking for! As a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainability initiatives in San Mateo County, SSMC is inviting college students to join their dynamic team. This internship focuses on expanding the Sustainability Ideas Bank, a vital resource that empowers local leaders to implement innovative solutions addressing critical environmental and social issues. If you're ready to dive into the world of policy research and community engagement, this [...]

Summer Internship Positions Now Open2024-04-26T09:43:55-05:00
15 02, 2024

2024 Awardees


Congratulations to Our 2024 Award Winners! Since 1999, SSMC with our partners, has been recognizing pioneers in sustainability. Awards have been given to 174 individuals and organizations who applied their passions and skills to making our communities, county and world more sustainable. This year marks our 25th anniversary and we are thrilled to announce the 2024 awardees! Our awardees were recognized at our 25th Annual Awards Celebration and Auction on April 10 at the Embassy Suites in Burlingame. Sustainability leaders from across the county gathered to honor our awardees. See the highlights of the event here. Thank you [...]

2024 Awardees2024-05-29T19:05:53-05:00
15 02, 2024



About SSMC's Awards Program SSMC has presented 174 awards to local sustainability champions since 1999. Our Awards Program is an inspiring celebration and “must attend” event that pays tribute to those working to make our region truly sustainable. Our 2024 Awardees were recognized on April 10th at our 25th Annual Awards Celebration and Auction. Read about our inspiring 2024 Awardees Learn about the 2024 Awards Celebration See highlights of our Event See past awardees We recognize leaders in the following categories: Sustainability Awards: The work of Sustainability Award winners must have an impact in San Mateo County on the [...]

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
2 01, 2024

The Role of Green Building Awards in Advancing Sustainability


Applications for SSMC’s 2024 Green Building Award are now closed. The winner will be celebrated at SSMC’s 25th Annual Awards Event on April 10th. Green building plays a pivotal role in advancing sustainability efforts by integrating environmentally responsible practices into the design, construction and operation of structures. The environmental impact of traditional construction methods, including energy consumption, water usage and waste generation, is substantial. Green building, however, focuses on reducing this impact by incorporating energy-efficient technologies, utilizing sustainable materials and implementing resource-conserving strategies. By adopting these practices, green buildings contribute to the overall reduction of carbon emissions, lower energy consumption [...]

The Role of Green Building Awards in Advancing Sustainability2024-01-23T13:23:49-05:00
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
30 10, 2023

Calling All Environmental Heroes


Peninsula Clean Energy is seeking community insights and feedback from environmental advocates to help shape its future customer offerings. You’re invited to share ideas for new products and services during a special webinar hosted by Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) on Wednesday, November 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Zoom.  You can register for this free, virtual workshop at https://bit.ly/EnviroHeroesSMC.  Since 2016, thousands of Peninsula Clean Energy customers have opted up to ECO100, paying a 1 cent per kilowatt-hour premium to receive 100% renewable energy. Peninsula Clean Energy has plans to reach that 100% renewable energy goal for its entire [...]

Calling All Environmental Heroes2023-10-30T11:59:40-05:00
27 10, 2023

SSMC Selects Executive Director


Sustainable San Mateo County is thrilled to introduce you to its new Executive Director, Sarah Hubbard! After previously serving as the Program Manager for our Sustainability Ideas Bank and Dashboard programs, Sarah welcomes this new role with enthusiasm. Her deep understanding of our programs, priorities, and your concerns make her the perfect fit to guide the organization. Sarah's journey as a sustainability and social justice advocate began when she volunteered with the Peace Corps in Uruguay, working on economic development and education projects to enhance the local communities' quality of life. This life-changing experience set the course for her [...]

SSMC Selects Executive Director2023-10-27T13:43:39-05:00
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