9 03, 2022

Climate and Environment Forum


Several candidates running for the Congressional seat currently held by Jackie Speier participated in a forum on environmental and sustainability issues on April 6. They are competing in the Primary Election taking place June 7; the two top vote-getter will advance to the General Election in November. Congresswoman Speier will be stepping down at the end of 2022. Sustainable San Mateo County was one of the co-sponsors of the Climate and Environment Forum, which was hosted by the Citizens' Climate Lobby. Click here to watch the candidates debate sustainability issues Event Sponsors:

Climate and Environment Forum2022-04-21T14:01:02-05:00
3 03, 2022

Turning Organic Waste into Gold


During February’s Happy Hour we unpacked the state’s new composting law (SB1383) with the help of three local experts in the field: Joe La Mariana, Executive Director of Rethink Waste, Monica Devincenzi from Republic Services and Gordon Tong, representing San Mateo County's Office of Sustainability. Monica started off the evening by sharing some historical context on waste management. She explained that each county is supposed to have at least one active landfill within its borders with a minimum of 15 years of waste capacity. San Mateo County has one active landfill site, Ox Mountain in Half Moon Bay, which is [...]

Turning Organic Waste into Gold2022-03-08T14:17:35-05:00
5 10, 2021

2022 Call For Nominations


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. NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED! Check our press release here. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION SOON! We welcome nominations, including self-nominations, for our Sustainability Awards as well as the Green Building Award, which is awarded jointly by SSMC and the American Institute of Architects, San Mateo Chapter (AIASMC). The Ruth Peterson Award is presented at the discretion of SSMC’s Board of Directors. Read [...]

2022 Call For Nominations2021-12-15T17:40:59-05:00
1 10, 2021

In Vogue: Sustainability in the Fashion Industry


Our August Happy Hour explored sustainability in the fashion industry. We were pleased to have Gary Barker, Eszter Csicsai, and Emily Schneider speak at the Happy Hour and share the ways they are working toward a more sustainable fashion industry - from sustainable hangers to metrics that compare products' sustainability to resale opportunities. Gary Barker is the Director of Sustainability at Nexgen Packaging and founder of Ditto Sustainable Brand Solutions, a B-corporation recently acquired by Nexgen Packaging. Ditto has developed sustainable ways to improve hangers' impact on the environment - which is surprisingly large. He said 100 percent of wooden [...]

In Vogue: Sustainability in the Fashion Industry2021-10-01T14:29:56-05:00
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 Celebration2022-04-14T12:55:39-05:00
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
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