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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

Enriching San Mateo County’s South Coast Community

Bottom Line: Puente de la Costa Sur is the only Community Resource Center for San Mateo County’s South Coast communities of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar, and San Gregorio. Puente both advocates for these communities and leverages resources that foster economic prosperity and security, and that promote individual and community health and wellness.

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.

Take Advantage of Local Environmental Education Programs

Bottom Line: Local Environmental Education Programs offer students, teachers, and families a chance to explore their natural world, develop a deep appreciation for our local environment and an understanding of the importance of responsible stewardship.

There are many environmental education programs offered throughout San Mateo County. These incredible programs give students opportunities to observe natural ecosystems, engage in hands-on discovery activities, and receive knowledgeable scientific instruction. These valuable programs lead students to an appreciation of the natural world and an awareness of the importance of responsible environmental stewardship. There is a range of affordable or free environmental educational programs available for student groups, teachers, individuals, and families.

Get the Job You Want, Enroll in a Vocational Program

Bottom Line: The three colleges that make up the San Mateo County Community College District offer over 90 vocational-technical programs to help you get the job you want!

SMCCCD_Vocational ProgramsThe San Mateo Community College District is a three-college district located between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The College of San Mateo, Canada College in Redwood City, and Skyline College in San Bruno serve more than 40,000 students each year and offer the first two years of instruction in a wide variety of 4-year college transfer programs as well as more than 90 vocational-technical programs.

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

JobTrain of Menlo Park

Bottom Line: JobTrain Provides First-Class Vocational Education that Allows Everyone a Chance to Improve Their Lives

JobTrain, a vocational education and job placement program based in Menlo Park, has found a way to help those residents of San Mateo County who need assistance in building a path to a successful career.

Help Make San Mateo County Schools Zero-Waste

Bottom Line: Follow the lead of Atherton’s Laurel School and start reducing waste in the cafeteria while making conservation an every-day practice.

Zero Waste School

In 2007, Sustainable San Mateo County and The City of Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commission recognized Atherton’s Laurel School for their efforts in reducing school waste. With the help of Allied Waste’s Composting for Business program, Laurel School’s Zero Waste efforts have saved more than 11 tons of garbage since 2005. By bringing recycling and composting practices to the school’s cafeteria, the zero waste program makes responsible environmental action part of the students’ daily routine.

Hands-on Learning: Hidden Villa’s Environmental Education Program

Bottom Line: Hidden Villa welcomes school groups to explore its farm and wilderness lands while learning about ecology, organic farming, and stewardship.

Hidden Villa

Hidden Villa’s Environmental Education Program
Hidden Villa’s Environmental Education Program (HVEEP) was founded in 1970 as a hands-on environmental educational experience for young, school-aged children. The program “teaches concepts of ecology, organic food production and environmental education” by providing a direct and guided experience of Hidden Villa’s farm and wilderness land.


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