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El Camino Real: A Historic Perspective

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The path of El Camino Real (Spanish for “the Royal Road”) was blazed by Padre Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan friar who founded a mission in Baja California as well as the first nine of 21 Spanish missions between San Diego and San Francisco. The route of El Camino Real changed due to weather, travel…
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2015 Key Indicator: Water

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This year our key indicator is water. That means we will be highlighting ongoing issues about conservation efforts, water supply, and how we assess our water usage levels throughout the year. Water is required in many aspects of our daily life – everybody is affected. Climate change is changing our traditional weather patterns. We are…
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2015 Award Winner Greencitizen: The E-waste Tsunami

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by Nathanael Horton GreenCitizen is pioneering a business model that tackles the electronic waste crisis. They are one of the honorees being celebrated at our March 26th Sustainability Awards Dinner. Ticket sales run until March 19th, so get yours now at sustainablesanmateo.org/awards Our e-garbage is pooling up. This county and adjacent principalities are host to…
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2015 Award Winner Devil’s Canyon: Fermenting Bonds Between People

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Brewing alcohol is an ancient technology and cultural tradition. Before convenient technologies like refrigeration, irradiation, vacuum sealing (canning) – it was difficult to preserve food calories for long periods of time. One method of saving grains is dry storage. Another is fermentation. Early techniques were crude – beer and wines were rude to the taste,…
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Calm Down! Completing our Streets

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All images are sourced from the City of San Mateo’s Sustainable Streets Plan @ http://sustainablestreetssanmateo.com/downloads/ In my first blog post I mentioned that the City of San Mateo is slated to redevelop its streets over the coming years. I feel compelled to write in more detail about these improvements as a cyclist and pedestrian. I…
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Announcing the 2015 Award Winners!

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2015 Award Winners to be honored at a benefit dinner on Thursday, March 26, 2015 Sustainable San Mateo County’s 16th Annual Sustainability Awards celebrate two local businesses and a nonprofit community resource center for outstanding commitment to sustainable practices and exemplary conduct with regards to the three “e” principles: Economy, Equity, Environment. Sustainability Award winners…
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On gazing upwards & looking forward

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When we speak about sustainability, we do so with emphasis on long term thinking. There are some things worth preserving – like our natural heritage – that require planning on an inter-generational timescale. One of the quintessential symbols of the Northern Californian natural landscape are redwood trees. Their grandeur and majesty are obvious to anyone…
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Unpacking a Cubicle for Xmas

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Hi there. This is my second blog post and first of the new year. One of my tasks as communications intern at SSMC has been to setup a work space. Over the Xmas break I cleaned our cubicle space at the Bovet Professional Offices. I took some before and after photos: There are hundreds of…
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A note from Nathan

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Hi there, my name is Nathan. I’m a communications intern here at Sustainable San Mateo County. I’ve been a long time San Mateo resident myself and am currently an undergraduate student studying philosophy and marketing. I’ve always wanted to work with an environmental advocacy organization. What particularly attracted me to SSMC is the successful fulfillment…
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Be an energy- and water-saving HERO with new HERO program

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Currently in Menlo Park, and starting later this year in Foster City, and early 2015 in Redwood City, Woodside, and the unincorporated portions of San Mateo County, local residents will have an opportunity to be energy- and water-saving heroes, thanks to local elected officials in these areas and the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)…
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