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Sustainable Investing: Current Trends – by Kai Kato

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Rev. Kirsten Snow Spalding of Ceres, the guest presenter at Sustainable San Mateo County’s Virtual Happy Hour on August 27, said current trends influencing sustainable investment include fossil fuel divestment from individual portfolios, engaging with heavy-emitting companies to move them to become more sustainable and focusing on private equity.   Rev. Spalding is Senior Program…
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Fighting Fire with Power: The Importance of Energy Resilience During Wildfire Season

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By Lizzie Avila *** Kirsten Andrews-Schwind, Senior Manager of Community Relations at Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE),* joined us during one of our monthly Happy Hour online discussions on July 29 to talk about energy resilience in the county, a hot topic especially as we move into wildfire season. Last fall PG&E had several public safety…
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Holding Oil Companies Accountable: Takeaways from Stanford Law School’s panel on “The Case for Climate Liability”

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By Calista Triantis **** Local cities and counties are leading the way in holding fossil fuel companies legally responsible for climate change. San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, Santa Cruz County, San Mateo County and Marin County have all joined multi-billion-dollar lawsuits across the U.S. against major oil companies for the impacts of climate change on their…
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Environmental Justice and Youth

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By: Lizzie Avila *** On June 30, we held our fifth Virtual Happy Hour in the midst of racial tensions between police and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others. We think this is a very important time to use this platform to…
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Experts and leaders addressing the “Future of Transportation” in Redwood City

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Peninsula Family Service, a nonprofit serving local families in four Bay Area Counties – including San Mateo County – organized “The Future of Transportation: Clean Energy & Transformation” event as part of its Thought Leader Series.  The May 15, 2019 event was co-sponsored by Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) along with Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE)…
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SSMC Indicators Report Launch Event highlights local successes

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Six speakers offered ideas on reducing carbon emissions at a Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) luncheon on November 1 unveiling the 22nd annual Indicators Report, which focuses on climate change. Sponsored by and Peninsula Clean Energy, the event welcomed over 100 attendees and exhibitors, and was supported by a team of SSMC’s volunteers. The updated…
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Impossible Foods: Lowering the Carbon Footprint with Plant-burgers

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The founders of local start-up, Impossible Foods, were inspired to make a product that would curb meat-lover’s carbon footprint and improve biodiversity. At a tour of their facility, we learned that over time the planet’s biodiversity has taken a dive as humans and the cattle we harvest represent an increasing amount of terrestrial biomass. In…
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Sustainability Conference This Saturday, April 28, 2018

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Dig in to a lively afternoon of learning about local sustainability projects and how you can make an impact. Local experts will explain the surprising benefits of carbon farming, share accomplishments in renewable energy, and demonstrate the science behind home composting. Thanks to Peninsula Clean Energy, the first 100 registrants will receive a free copy…
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Produce & Fish Calendar

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As part of SSMC’s research on our 2016 Key Indicator: Food Systems, our Indicators team created this fun infographic showing the growing and catching seasons for produce and fish in San Mateo County. Fresh off the press, we placed this handout at our County Fair booth and heard it was one of the most popular…
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