11 08, 2020

Holding Oil Companies Accountable: Takeaways from Stanford Law School’s panel on “The Case for Climate Liability”


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 communities. This spring the 9th Circuit allowed these lawsuits to continue in state court rather than federal court, where oil companies are usually favored. A ruling in favor of the cities and counties would not only financially mitigate the infrastructure these communities need to adapt but [...]

Holding Oil Companies Accountable: Takeaways from Stanford Law School’s panel on “The Case for Climate Liability”2020-09-02T13:58:14-05:00
11 08, 2020

Environmental Justice and Youth


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 examine the relationship between environmental issues and racial and social inequities and to encourage honest conversations about this topic. Our guest speaker was Lilian Chang, a rising senior at Mills High School and the Chair of the Environmental Justice Committee of the San Mateo County Youth [...]

Environmental Justice and Youth2020-08-11T13:33:47-05:00
18 06, 2020



Ready to join our team of volunteers? We are always on the lookout for talented and motivated individuals who want to help maintain and improve our quality of life in San Mateo County.We’ve listed a few opportunities below, but we can use help in many areas, including social media and database creation, so please contact us if you want to get involved. Committee Opportunities: Indicators Committee Researches and manages the Indicators Report program, which explores sustainability issues impacting San Mateo County. Research, writing, graphic design, database management and data visualization skills desired. Meets [...]

12 06, 2020



We invite you to volunteer with SSMC. Volunteers do research, plan our programs and events, meet with local leaders to help drive sustainability policies and more! Click here to discover volunteer opportunities. 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 learn more. We are excited to hear how we can work together. There is currently one part-time contractor job opening with SSMC.Administrative AssistantProgram Manager [...]

11 06, 2020



Meet Our Leadership Team Our Board of Directors, Advisory Council and staff have many years of experience in managing programs and shaping policies that advance sustainability. Click on each name to learn more. SSMC Board of Directors Terry Nagel is a veteran journalist who was elected to the Burlingame City Council in 2003 and served 12 years, including three terms as mayor. During her first term as mayor, she appointed a Green Ribbon Task Force that created the city’s first Climate Action Plan. After the plan was adopted in 2009, she [...]

9 06, 2020

Join Us


At Sustainable San Mateo County, we are grateful for the support of volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours to conceive, plan and execute our programs. They also join us in advocating for change. Operating funds come from individuals, businesses, government agencies and foundations. Here’s how you can get involved with SSMC. Join us! Volunteer SSMC volunteers help do research, plan our programs and celebrations, meet with local leaders to help drive sustainability policies – and more! Click on the green button to learn about specific opportunities. LEARN MORE Donate [...]

Join Us2021-02-23T15:05:13-05:00
9 06, 2020



Sustainability is a shorthand term for viewing the relationship between our actions today and their effect on the future. Living sustainably means that we meet today's needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable planning recognizes the interconnections between the environment, economy, and society. A disruption in any one area affects the health of the other two. Discussions of sustainability often cite the three 3E’s: Environment, Economy, and social Equity. At Sustainable San Mateo County, we focus on how all these areas affect the health of our region. About [...]

8 06, 2020



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 ADVOCACY NEWS & EVENTS [...]

1 06, 2020

Food for Thought: Zoonotic Diseases and the Link to our Food Systems


What is going on with our food systems? This was a question that was brought up in one of our monthly Happy Hours and we think it is an important question to put into focus. A food system is defined as the path that food travels from field to fork. It includes the growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consuming, and disposing of food. In short, its lifecycle. It also includes the inputs needed and outputs generated at each step. The recent coronavirus has given us a lot to think about because it is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it [...]

Food for Thought: Zoonotic Diseases and the Link to our Food Systems2020-08-11T13:34:58-05:00
22 04, 2020

COVID Q&A with Supervisor Dave Pine


A Q&A with San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine kicked off SSMC's second virtual happy hour Thursday night, April 16. He addressed questions on the County's public health and economic responses to COVID, and what it will take to get back to normal. "Time has taken on a whole different pace during this COVID crisis. It feels like we've all been immersed in this for many years," reflected Supervisor Pine. "I'm looking forward to a time when we'll get back to normal and can get back to some of our core work on sustainability and climate change efforts but right [...]

COVID Q&A with Supervisor Dave Pine2020-06-08T17:55:43-05:00
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