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About the Report

Indicators for a Sustainable San Mateo County is published annually to provide fact-based information on local trends impacting our economy, environment, and society. Propelled by the philosophy “what gets measured, gets managed,” the Report presents indicators that raise awareness of sustainability in the county and improve our ability to make sound decisions for the benefit of future generations.

The indicators in this Report are used by governments, businesses, civic groups, and nonprofit organizations to set goals, measure progress towards achieving them, and prioritize the allocation of scarce resources. In addition to the indicators, the Report highlights success stories, showcases positive changes that local governments and businesses are making, and presents resources for individuals to take further action.

Each year, we feature a Key Indicator, which provides an in-depth look at a current issue that is critical to the long-term sustainability of San Mateo County. This year’s Key Indicator, Food Systems, examines the environmental, social and economic relationships that shape our food choices and sustainable practices.

In 2013 we moved the report online, which has given us the flexibility to update our indicators as data becomes available. We will focus on the Key Indicator for the entire year, with multiple updates and events so that we can delve more deeply into our county’s most pressing issues.

This Report would not be possible without our dedicated team of volunteers, each of whom contributed time and energy to help research, edit, and design the pages. We also thank the local experts who reviewed and commented on draft indicators. Click here for a complete list of volunteers and contributors.

What is Sustainability?

Living sustainably means that we meet today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable planning recognizes the connections between a vibrant economy, a socially equitable community, and a healthy environment.

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