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
2 10, 2020

Nomination Criteria


Eligibility and Criteria for Awards Sustainable San Mateo County’s annual awards are highly coveted by those committed to advancing sustainability. They recognize an extraordinary commitment to the long-term health of our planet, for ourselves and future generations. We welcome nominations, including self-nominations, for Sustainability Awards as well as the Green Building Award, which is awarded jointly by SSMC and the American Institute of Architects, San Mateo Chapter. The Ruth Peterson Award is presented at the discretion of SSMC’s Board of Directors. Read on to learn more about the eligibility and criteria for each award. Nominations must be submitted [...]

Nomination Criteria2020-11-01T18:37:39-05:00
2 10, 2020

2020 Awardees


Congratulations to our 2020 Award Winners! Sustainable San Mateo County recognized 11 sustainability champions during its 2020 Virtual Awards Celebration on July 10, 2020. San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, who has been a consistent champion of local and regional sustainability since his election in 2011. He was instrumental in launching Peninsula Clean Energy, the county’s clean energy provider, and the new Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District. He played a key role in the passage of Measure AA, a nine-county Bay Area parcel tax that funds shoreline restoration projects. He spearheaded the adoption of [...]

2020 Awardees2020-10-06T12:36:43-05:00
26 09, 2020



We invite you to volunteer with SSMC. Volunteers do research, plan our programs and celebrations, meet with local leaders to help drive sustainability policies and more! Click here to learn how to become involved. Your contribution to SSMC will help drive sustainability in our 20 cities and the county. Donations are tax-deductible. Click here. Have an initiative in mind and looking for collaboration? Together, we are stronger! Click here to contact us. We are excited to hear how we can work together There currently are no job openings with SSMC. [...]

22 09, 2020

Fighting Fire with Power


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 power shutoffs (PSPS) in order to prevent wildfires from being started by electrical equipment. The shutoffs affected more than 3 million California residents and caught many by surprise.While PCE has no control over PSPS events or maintaining the power grids, it has committed $10 million toward programs that will help [...]

Fighting Fire with Power2020-10-05T16:37:07-05:00
22 09, 2020

Making Investments Sustainable


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 Director, Investor Network, at Ceres. In this capacity, she engages with a network of over 175 institutional investors with more than $30 trillion in assets under management. Investors in her network include insurance companies, university endowments, banks and pension funds. As Rev. Spalding sees it, there are two [...]

Making Investments Sustainable2020-09-25T12:48:35-05:00
22 09, 2020

My Summer Internship with SSMC


Centralized or decentralized? Purple pipes or potable reuse? Five weeks ago, this would have sounded like the oddest game of “Would You Rather” I’d ever played. But learning about the conversations Bay Area cities, organizations and engineers are having about the future of our water supply has felt like being introduced to a new world! This summer I’ve been conducting water sustainability research for Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC), a nonprofit partnering with local cities and businesses to further environmental, economic and social sustainability. I’m one of four interns working to expand SSMC’s Sustainability Ideas Bank, a database of sustainability [...]

My Summer Internship with SSMC2020-09-22T15:24:11-05:00
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
3 09, 2020



Annual Reports 2020 Annual Report Our Annual Reports provide a snapshot of SSMC’s key accomplishments each year. They highlight some of our positive impacts on the ground; recognize our many volunteers, supporters and sponsors; and inform local community members about our key initiatives and projects. Read the PDF (14.9 MB) 2020 Impact at a Glance (PDF version 348KB) 2019 Annual Report Click on the link below to read the 2019 Annual Report. Read the PDF (8.8MB) Indicators Reports 2020 Indicators Report: Renewable Energy and [...]

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