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Is your house good for solar?

Bottom Line: If you’re thinking about going solar, knowing that your home and solar are a good match makes the shopping process even easier. Here are the top five questions and answers that will help you determine whether solar is right for your home (read on, it might surprise you).

Zero-emission school buses to reduce costs and clean up the air

The Electric Vehicle (EV) School Bus project is an ambitious, innovative project currently underway in California. It is the largest EV school bus demonstration in the nation that to deploys Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology. The school buses are currently being repowered in Poway, CA by Transpower, USA and will be deployed in Torrance, Kings Canyon and

Making Wine Production in San Mateo Sustainable

Bottom line: Sustainable wine production can offer significant environmental benefits.

Be an energy- and water-saving HERO with new HERO program

Bottom Line: the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program makes it easy to finance energy- and water-saving home improvements.

Inspiring Children Through Sustainable Living

Bottom Line: Susty Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization that inspires and challenges elementary students to adopt and promote sustainable lifestyles.

Teaching Social Justice

Bottom Line: Reach and Teach is a peace and social justice learning company dedicated to transforming the world through teachable moments.

BAWSCA Lawn Be Gone Program – Rebates For Lawn Conversion

The Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) Lawn Be Gone Program offers rebates ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, to approved customers that convert water thirsty lawns to water efficient landscapes. To be eligible for a rebate, the Lawn Conversion Project must not be started before approval and receipt of a Notice to Proceed

The HEAL Project

Since 2006, the HEAL Project has been educating over 3,200 students within San Mateo County on the importance of good health, a sustainable environment, locally grown agriculture as well as key learning fundamentals. Their long-term goal is to be able to deliver a garden-based education to all children within the district. They follow within a

Purchase Local Food, Support the Local Economy, Win an Award

Bottom Line: San Mateo County Farm Bureau, Visitors Bureau and Harbor District Team Up to Encourage Use of Locally Grown (and Caught) Products.

Purchase Local Food, Win an AwardWe are fortunate to live in California with so many fresh food options, grown right here in our backyard. So why should be purchase food grown out of state (or country) that has to be trucked or shipped thousands of miles? Purchasing locally grown foods benefits the local economy, saves energy, preserves the environment and reduces CO2 emissions. The “San Mateo County: As Fresh as it Gets” Awards program recognizes local restaurants, hotels and caterers that make it a point to buy and serve produce from local San Mateo County growers, seafood caught off of San Mateo County’s coastline, local goat cheese and beer and wine made in the county. A corporate category was added this year to recognize companies making an effort to serve their employees or students the freshest local fare.

Promote Healthy Fisheries With “Seafood Watch Guide”

Bottom Line: You can make a difference! Before buying seafood, consult the seafood watch guide to be certain your meal comes from a healthy marine population.

Seafood Watch GuideSeafood is the only food source that is still actively hunted by humans on a large scale. Once it seemed the ocean would supply an endless bounty of seafood, but today, we are discovering its limits. Off New England, cod were once so plentiful that boats had trouble pushing through them. Now the cod are nearly gone, and a centuries-old fishing tradition is ending. Other overfished species include sharks, bluefin tuna and many kinds of West Coast rockfish. When one kind of fish is no longer plentiful, fishermen must move on to new species.

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