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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

E-Waste Reduction for a Healthier Environment

Bottom Line: GreenCitizen is a company committed to creating a cleaner environment by addressing the growing electronic waste crisis.

Convert Your Car to Biodiesel

Bottom Line: Almost any diesel engine car can go biodiesel with little or no modifications.

biodieselAlmost any diesel car can run on biodiesel without major modifications. Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. These blends are sold using a system called the “B factor,” which denotes the percentage of biodiesel contained within a petrol/bio mix. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.

Only diesel engines can run on biodiesel. All engines that run on #2 diesel can also be run on biodiesel. This means, home furnaces, generators, half-trucks, homestead tools, fishing boats, etc.

Accelerate the Effectiveness of Your Green Team

Bottom Line: Green Teams can make organizations more sustainable and businesses more profitable.

Some employees respond to our current sustainability challenges and opportunities by becoming intrapreneurs, regardless of their role or positions. These intrapreneurs start green teams in their organizations to make them more sustainable and–for businesses–more profitable.

San Mateo Acting Responsibly Together (SMART)

Bottom Line: The City of San Mateo has a new program, called SMART, it encourages citizens and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.


SMART’s goal is to reduce the City’s carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. To accomplish this, several programs have been created.

Sustainability and Energy for Public Agencies – Where to Start

Bottom Line: Get help jumpstarting sustainability at your public agency with this guidebook.


Sustainability is a simple idea with big implications. With all the information and ideas floating around, figuring out how to move towards your sustainability goals may seem overwhelming.

Let Acterra Help You Green Your Home

Bottom Line: Green@Home HouseCalls help fight climate change by saving residents energy and money while reducing climate changing CO2 emissions. Trained volunteers meet with residents in their homes to install simple energy-saving devices and create home energy conservation plans.


Did you know that U.S. households produce 21% of the country’s global warming causing emissions? That means that smart choices at home can really make a difference! Green@Home helps communities take action to reduce global warming by making their homes more energy efficient. “HouseCalls” are available to all residents of participating cities whether you rent or own.

Buy Local San Mateo

Bottom Line: Buying locally keeps dollars in the local economy, creates local jobs, and reduces a variety of environmental impacts.

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Why Buy Local?

Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life.

Help “Spare the Air” in San Mateo County

Bottom Line: The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has the resources to help us maintain San Mateo County’s healthy air quality.

Help Spare the AirHave you got a fireplace? Do you know what effect wood smoke has on our air quality? Do you know who’s most at risk to poor air quality?

Visit Your Local Biodiesel Filling Station

Bottom Line: Fill your car with high quality biodiesel at Autpoia Biofuels, a Biodiesel Filling Station and Eco Store located in downtown San Mateo.

Austin Mader-Clark, an avid walker, cyclist, airplane pilot and passionate advocate for alternative, non-petroleum-based fuels, challenges others to “fill their tank and save the world” with her innovative new approach to making alternative fuel available in a centralized and convenient location. On Earth Day 2008 she opened Autopia Biofuels located at 1025 South Railroad Avenue in downtown San Mateo.

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