At Sustainable San Mateo County, we are grateful for the support of volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours to conceive, plan and execute our programs. They also join us in advocating for change. Operating funds come from individuals, businesses, government agencies and foundations. Here’s how you can get involved with SSMC.

Join us!


SSMC volunteers help do research, plan our programs and celebrations, meet with local leaders to help drive sustainability policies – and more! Click on the green button to learn about specific opportunities.


If you can’t give your time – and even if you can – we’d appreciate your donation to SSMC. Your contributions enable us to share sustainable solutions with more residents and local leaders and accelerate sustainability on the ground. Learn about donation opportunities, including how to donate a portion of your purchases on Amazon Smile or eScrip.


By sponsoring our Indicators Report Launch, Sustainability Awards or other programs, you will receive community recognition as a sustainability supporter. We’ll acknowledge your generosity in our newsletter, on our website, in printed materials and during our programs.


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Attend Events

Browse our Calendar to learn about upcoming events that we and other like-minded organizations offer.

Become a Partner

We believe strongly in the power of partnerships. If you are advocating for a sustainable policy or you are seeking partners for a new sustainability initiative, let us know. Email

Donna Colson photo

“The team at Sustainable San Mateo County is the gold standard in supporting local environmental
work. They provide elected officials with critical data and ideas to help us meet our climate action goals
and have been a wonderful partner in our work to ‘green’ San Mateo County. Please join me in
supporting this organization so we can continue our journey of holistic environmental research and

Donna Colson, Council Member and Former Mayor, Burlingame

“What I most like about Sustainable San Mateo County is how they gather the best examples of
environmental projects and present them in a way that I can take back to my city to implement. Most
elected officials are part time and some of us represent small cities with small staffs, so having a group
like SSMC really helps reduce our research time so we can spend more time implementing projects to
help our environment.”

Ann Schneider, Vice Mayor, City of Millbrae

“We’ve worked with SSMC the past five years (since we started up) and have a tremendous amount
of respect and appreciation for the organization. We look forward to attending the awards ceremony
every year; it is a joyous celebration of the amazing sustainability work done locally and a great way to learn about different projects and efforts in the region. SSMC was a founding member of the Campaign for Fossil Free Buildings in Silicon Valley, and their participation is a big reason for the success of the campaign.”

Diane Bailey, Executive Director, Menlo Spark and Founder, FFBSV