22 04, 2021



Pathways to Sustainable Communities Pathways to Sustainable Communities was initiated in the Spring of 2016 with the goal to draw lessons from 20 years of research via SSMC’s flagship annual Indicators Report program and its other key sustainability initiatives. This report highlights data and analysis of trends and transition points for the County of San Mateo, derived from historical information plus extensive interviews conducted with subject matter experts from 2016 until 2018. Pathways covers these six broad key sectors: Climate Change Jobs & Housing Habitat and Resources Health and Wellness Transportation Systems Education and Workforce Development It explores [...]

22 04, 2021

Green at Home Tips


Earth Day is Everyday! Practical Tips on what YOU can do at home SSMC's Vice Chair, Robert Whitehair, has compiled a series of no and low costs actions that you can take now to create a positive difference in your home’s energy use, air quality and comfort - while helping the environment (and in some cases, save money too!). It's easy to get started. Collectively, we can make a difference! See the presentation in PDF (PDF 4.8MB)

Green at Home Tips2021-04-22T13:18:01-05:00
7 04, 2021

March Happy Hour


On March 23, for our third Happy Hour of the year, we welcomed sustainability managers from the Cities of Brisbane, Burlingame and Half Moon Bay, as well as a representative from the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability, to discuss sustainability efforts in our county. Adrienne Etherton, sustainability manager for Brisbane, explained how the city adopted a strong reach code ordinance for new buildings in 2019, addressing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, building electrification and on-site solar generation. Brisbane also passed an ordinance requiring most owners of commercial, industrial and residential buildings that are 10,000 square feet or larger to [...]

March Happy Hour2021-04-07T12:17:36-05:00
14 03, 2021

Check Out Our Ideas Bank!


We’ve launched our new, expanded Sustainability Ideas Bank here to help local cities and businesses accelerate sustainability. The Ideas Bank shares nearly 50 sustainability solutions from cities and businesses that have proven successful in San Mateo County as well as many other areas. It makes it easier for leaders to address climate change and other issues related to sustainability by removing the need for staff members to research the feasibility of ideas and for attorneys to draft new ordinances and policies. Instead, they can move quickly to adopt solutions that have already proven successful elsewhere. Nearly all ideas include contact [...]

Check Out Our Ideas Bank!2021-03-17T12:40:22-05:00
12 03, 2021

2021 Celebration


Celebrate This Year's Sustainability Champions We invite you to join us in celebrating the 2021 winners of the Sustainability Awards, Ruth Peterson Award and the Green Building Award at our 22nd Annual Awards Celebration on Friday, May 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. In addition, Peninsula Clean Energy will announce the winners of the first-ever All-Electric Awards that evening. Hosted by former State Senator Jerry Hill, the event will feature inspiring stories about champions of sustainability in San Mateo County, fun and games. Admission is free. REGISTER FOR AWARDS CELEBRATION ON MAY 14 Our Virtual Auction is [...]

2021 Celebration2021-05-13T22:30:10-05:00
12 03, 2021

2021 Awards


Congratulations to Our 2021 Award Winners! Sustainability Awards San Mateo Deputy Mayor Rick Bonilla has been committed to sustainability since volunteering with the first Sierra Club High School Chapter in the nation at Crestmoor High in San Bruno. Rick has devoted much of his professional life to being a union organizer, helping carpenters earn a living wage. He joined the San Mateo City Council in 2015 after serving on city commissions since 2001, and he served as Mayor in 2018. He was instrumental in forming Peninsula Clean Energy so San Mateo County could offer clean, renewable energy. Rick [...]

2021 Awards2021-05-28T20:38:38-05:00
8 03, 2021

2021 Home


A sustainable future for everyone in San Mateo County Imagine a world where the environment, the economy and social equity are in balance, and we’re working together to address the climate crisis and other challenges. That’s the sustainable vision we have for San Mateo County. Join us! OUR PROGRAMS Indicators Report Awards Sustainability Ideas Bank Advocacy MAKE A DIFFERENCE VOLUNTEER DONATE SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER BECOME A PARTNER NEWS & EVENTS [...]

2021 Home2021-05-13T22:28:33-05:00
18 12, 2020

Mindful Holidays: A Chance to rethink the Holidays


In a “normal” year this would be the time to do your last minute shopping, travel to see family,  and start celebrating with big family dinners and parties. But this year has been unlike any other: a global pandemic, social unrest,  the imminent effects of a changing climate and so much more. Although all of these challenges might sound unrelated to you, social, racial and environmental issues are intrinsically connected and this year has brought us the opportunity to start seeing those connections more clearly. So what if we used this Holiday season to recalibrate? To evaluate our priorities? Our [...]

Mindful Holidays: A Chance to rethink the Holidays2020-12-19T13:37:12-05:00
25 11, 2020

Creating Win-Wins with Green Jobs


For our October Happy Hour, we were joined by Justine Burt, Founder and CEO of Appraccel, a local environmental sustainability consulting firm. Justine has worked with organizations including NASA, Costco, and the U.S House of Representatives and brings a wealth of knowledge about green jobs to the table. Fun fact about Justine: She is not only an amazing advocate for the Earth and CEO, she is also a first-time author. Her book, “The Great Pivot”, is a blueprint for creating green, meaningful jobs and advocates for a green recovery to pull us out from the economic recession. It is available [...]

Creating Win-Wins with Green Jobs2020-11-26T12:20:11-05:00
5 10, 2020

Batteries, Bottles and Bags, Oh My!


Sustainable San Mateo welcomed Joe La Mariana, Executive Director at RethinkWaste, to its eighth Happy Hour on the evening of September 30. RethinkWaste is a standalone public agency and a $140M/year operation in the Bay Area. The agency owns and manages the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos. The Center receives all the recyclables, green waste and garbage collected from the 12 local government jurisdictions which formed RethinkWaste more close to 40 years ago. In addition, RethinkWaste advocates for environmental best practices and waste reduction strategies through policy, legislation and education.  Not much was left uncovered by Joe LaMariana [...]

Batteries, Bottles and Bags, Oh My!2020-10-12T09:11:02-05:00
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