2020 Indicators Report Focuses on Path to Carbon-Free Future

Sustainable San Mateo County’s 24th annual Indicators Report will be unveiled October 6, 2020 at a free online gathering featuring experts sharing solutions about “The Road to Decarbonization” for the State of California and local communities in San Mateo County.

Each year the Indicators Report examines one aspect of sustainability performance in San Mateo County. This year the emphasis is on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The report includes comprehensive data, key challenges and actions, case studies and solutions within San Mateo County.

The Indicators Report Launch from 11 a.m. to noon on Zoom will feature keynote remarks by State Senate candidate Josh Becker, a public policy innovator who has been a champion of renewable energy.  He will discuss new energy initiatives proposed at the state and local levels and offer insights on how to accelerate our path to a carbon-free future.

Becker will join a panel with experts David Kaneda, principal at IDeAs Consulting, and Phillip Kobernick, program manager at Peninsula Clean Energy and Sylvia Lee, Technical Lead of Facebook’s climate program. Kaneda is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable electrical design, lighting and lighting, energy efficiency, renewable energy and storage. Kobernick leads key transportation electrification initiative at Peninsula Clean Energy and has been working on innovative ways to move California and local communities to sustainable energy. Lee is a  global expert on climate and water and has worked with renowned international organizations on resilience-building projects.

The event is free of charge, but attendees are required to register in advance. Register here for the event.

State Senate candidate Josh Becker

Keynote Speaker: Josh Becker, State Senate Candidate

Josh is a recognized leader in the clean energy community nationally.  He started his career at ICF International, a DC-based environmental consulting and engineering firm. There he helped launch the first Clean Air Marketplace conference for the EPA in 1992 and consulted on environmental compliance for various companies including General Electric.

After earning joint degrees from Stanford’s Business and Law schools, Josh was a Board Member of the CleanTech Open- the nation’s largest clean energy business plan competition

He’s the Founder and longtime Chair of the non-profit organization Full Circle, and has been a project lead for the group’s Energy/Environment grantmaking. Full Circle helped launch Imagine H2O which encourages innovation, entrepreneurship, and competition in the water sector. Josh also co-founded Cleantech for Obama (CT4O). This organized the leaders in the clean tech business community behind Obama. They raised $1.6M and ran a media and messaging operation to benefit the campaign. He then organized many of the same leaders for Secretary Clinton and co-founded the Clean Economy Network to rally green business leaders to fight for effective clean energy policies.

Josh co-founded New Cycle Capital, a pioneering firm investing in companies with a social mission. New Cycle was a seed investor in companies such as: OPOWER, Renew Financial, People Power, and TerraPass. As of October 2018 households supported by OPOWER Energy Efficiency programs had reached more than 20-terawatt hours (TWh) in cumulative energy savings. This would be enough energy to power San Francisco homes for 10 years and represents the power of entrepreneurship for efficiency/clean energy.


David Kaneda, PE, FAIA, LEED Fellow and Principal at IDeAs Consulting

As an internationally recognized expert on sustainable electrical design, lighting and daylighting, building energy efficiency, renewable energy and storage, David Kaneda has been the Electrical Principal for over 40 – net zero energy building designs, 9 – AIA COTE Top 10 award winners and 18 – LEED Platinum Certified buildings. For over three decades he has collaborated on designs for electrical systems for many of the greenest buildings in the US. He is a Professional engineer, a Fellow in the AIA and a LEED Fellow and was the electrical Principal for the IDeAs Z Squared office; the first net zero energy commercial office building in the United States as well as many notable buildings. David has published several research papers on sustainable electrical system design. He serves on the General Services Administration (GSA) Green Building Advisory Committee and many other green building-related professional, educational and non-profit Committees and Advisory Councils.

Phillip Kobernick, Programs Manager, Peninsula Clean Energy

Phillip leads key transportation electrification initiatives including fleets and infrastructure innovation at Peninsula Clean Energy. Prior to joining PCE, Phillip was the Logistics Services Manager for Alameda County, overseeing operational programs, including the municipal fleet of 1,200 vehicles. During his time at Alameda County, he developed the clean transportation program, including overseeing a joint procurement of electric vehicles and charging stations across 10 agencies, growing the County’s green fleet program to hundreds of hybrid and electric vehicles and nearly 200 EV charge ports, pilot testing advanced energy controls for EV fleets, and a comprehensive clean commute program to reduce drive-alone trips. He has a BA from UCLA.

Sylvia Lee, Technical Lead, Climate Program, Facebook

Sylvia Lee is currently the technical lead for Facebook’s climate program. Previously, she built the climate and water resiliency portfolio at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Sylvia began her career working as a consulting engineer on the design and construction of water projects in the United States and the United Kingdom. She went on to serve as the Associate Director at the World Economic Forum’s Environmental Initiative in Switzerland, where she helped raise global awareness of climate and water as key global risks. She was also on the World Bank’s South Asia team that focused on climate resiliency and transboundary water challenges. Sylvia is an engineering graduate of McGill University and MIT.

 Join us for an invigorating discussion on San Mateo County’s path to decarbonization.

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Download the full Indicators Report 2020 here