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Free Program Features Young People in Landmark Climate Lawsuit

One of the lead attorneys and two of the 16 young plaintiffs who recently won a landmark climate lawsuit that made international headlines will discuss the case on Tuesday, October 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at a free program presented by Sustainable San Mateo County and cosponsored by Burlingame’s Department of Parks and Recreation at the Burlingame Community Center. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required at The free tickets for this event are gone, but you can be placed on the waiting list by sending your name and email address to Called “The Climate Fight [...]

Free Program Features Young People in Landmark Climate Lawsuit2023-09-12T22:16:16-05:00

Overcoming Obstacles to EV Charging Expansion

An expert from Peninsula Clean Energy and researchers from Stanford University will describe innovative ideas for overcoming barriers to building out a much-needed network of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations during a free “Happy Hour” program on Wednesday, August 30, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Hosted by Sustainable San Mateo County, Happy Hours bring community members together to discuss sustainability issues in an informal setting. Pre-registration is required at Speakers during the program, “Overcoming Barriers to EV Charging Expansion,” will be: Phillip Kobernick, Joe Ficalora, Associate Programs Manager at Peninsula Clean Energy, which recently hit the [...]

Overcoming Obstacles to EV Charging Expansion2023-08-29T15:58:15-05:00

How Cities Shape Global Sustainable Development

The recently published U20 2023 Communiqué to G20 leaders highlights the importance of collaborative action in addressing global sustainability challenges. It also underscores the significance of organizations like Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) and their efforts to connect with and support initiatives like G20 and U20, which bring together leaders from around the world to discuss critical issues. By empowering local communities and promoting sustainable practices, SSMC contributes to the goals outlined by G20 and U20, reinforcing the critical role of cities in addressing sustainability challenges. Understanding G20 and U20 The Group of Twenty (G20) is an international forum that [...]

How Cities Shape Global Sustainable Development2023-07-11T16:03:18-05:00

SSMC Expands Ideas Bank

Take a look! We’ve just launched our new, expanded Sustainability Ideas Bank to help local cities and businesses accelerate sustainability. And with the help of 10 new summer interns, we’ll have even more solutions available by the fall. To meet these new members of the SSMC team, click here. Located on our website here, the Ideas Bank shares nearly 80 sustainability solutions from cities and businesses that have proven successful in San Mateo County as well as many other areas. It is designed to make it easier for cities and businesses to address climate change and other sustainability issues by removing [...]

SSMC Expands Ideas Bank2023-06-28T19:11:47-05:00

We’re Hiring!

Sustainable San Mateo County is seeking a full-time Executive Director.. The Executive Director will lead SSMC and be responsible for promoting the organization, fundraising and overall management of our staff, programs and budget. This person will be charged with expanding and optimizing SSMC's operations in order to significantly increase the organization's impact. For details, visit This is an excellent opportunity for someone wishing to interact with sustainability professionals and advance their career in the field. Founded in 1992, SSMC is a well-respected nonprofit with strong connections to leaders throughout San Mateo County. We are committed to diversity, equity and [...]

We’re Hiring!2023-08-07T08:48:54-05:00

Watts Next? Sparking Electrification for All

Our highly interactive June 7, 2023 Happy Hour brought our community together to explore how to shape the future of home electrification in San Mateo County. This was a unique opportunity for the general public and interested parties to share their ideas and input for making home electrification easier, less expensive, and faster. Our thanks go to Peninsula Clean Energy for sponsoring this free event. See recordings from this event. Speakers: Tony Willcox, a San Mateo County resident and Peninsula Clean Energy 2023 All-Electric Leader Award winner Bio: Tony Willcox is a mechanical engineer with 25 years in startups spanning [...]

Watts Next? Sparking Electrification for All2023-06-21T19:54:54-05:00

Youth for Climate Policy

The powerful combination of Earth Week events and student empowerment has continued to sustain a global movement toward a more sustainable future. On April 21, 2023, nearly eighty students from across the Bay Area joined together for “Youth for Climate Policy,” an online  Earth Day event aimed at empowering the future generation of leaders to promote climate-friendly policies at the local government level. Organized by Sustainable San Mateo County and cosponsored by five local environmental organizations (350 Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Youth Climate Action, Acterra, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and Peninsula Clean Energy), the event brought together State Senator Josh Becker, [...]

Youth for Climate Policy2023-06-22T09:50:23-05:00

Big Turnout for SSMC’s Awards Celebration

Nearly 300 people attended Sustainable San Mateo County’s 24th Annual Awards Celebration on March 30 at the College of San Mateo to honor champions of sustainability, bid on auction items and enjoy dinner together. It was the first time the event was held in person since 2019, and attendees greeted old friends with great enthusiasm. San Mateo County Supervisor Noelia Corzo and former Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, who currently serves as SSMC’s vice chair, presented Sustainability Awards to Diane Bailey and Tom Kabat of Menlo Spark for their electrification successes; Redwood High School, a continuation school in Redwood City; [...]

Big Turnout for SSMC’s Awards Celebration2023-04-12T17:20:45-05:00

SSMC Seeks Summer Interns

SSMC has a limited number of positions available for college-age summer interns this summer to work on our Sustainability Ideas Bank. Three will be paid a stipend of $800 for 8 weeks of work. Others are volunteer positions with more flexibility. To learn what’s involved, click here. To read what some of our past interns have told us about their experiences, click here and here. A video featuring some Stanford interns is available here.

SSMC Seeks Summer Interns2023-04-28T12:54:43-05:00

Program Aims to Empower Youths

In celebration of Earth Day, six local organizations promoting climate action will host “Youth for Climate Policy,” a free webinar designed to show youths how they can effectively influence local government leaders to address climate change. This program will take place on Zoom on Friday, April 21, from 5 to 6 p.m. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required at Presented by Sustainable San Mateo County, and cosponsored by 350 Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Youth Climate Action, Acterra, Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Peninsula Clean Energy, the program will offer practical tips on how to connect with leaders at the [...]

Program Aims to Empower Youths2023-04-13T12:02:33-05:00
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