SUSTAINABLE SAN MATEO COUNTY

aka SSMC   |   San Mateo, CA   |  www.sustainablesanmateo.org

Mission

To drive impactful action on economic, environmental and social equity issues that leads to sustainable practices and improves the long-term health of San Mateo County.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Christine Kohl-Zaugg

Main address

2955 Campus Drive #110

San Mateo, CA 94403 USA

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EIN

48-1265207

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) is a well-respected, established nonprofit, which has been in existence for almost three decades. Our organization was one of the first sustainability-focused nonprofit organizations to serve all of San Mateo County. Founded in 1992 by a group of San Mateo County residents to build awareness of the need for sustainability, SSMC was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2002. Over the years, SSMC has established close relationships with key players and partners in the sustainability sector, including cities and other local governments, the business community, other nonprofits and academia. These connections have enabled SSMC to advance a variety of projects, programs and other efforts that are consistent with the organization’s mission: “to drive impactful action on economic, environmental and equity issues that leads to sustainable practices and improves the long-term health of San Mateo County.”

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Indicator Report

Since 1996, Sustainable San Mateo County has been reporting on the sustainability issues in San Mateo County as they relate to the 3 E's of Sustainability; the environment, social equity and the economy.  The facts presented from approximately 33 different indicators have helped guide decision makers within the County towards a more vibrant and sustainable community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Green Business Award 2008

San Francisco Business Times

Green Award 2010

San Mateo Chamber of Commerce

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to advance and accelerate sustainability adoption within San Mateo County - and beyond!
We believe education, information, partnerships and calls for action are the key in reaching this goal. We work in collaboration with other like-minded local government agencies, businesses, nonprofits and academia to make this happen.

Our core programs are:

1. The Indicators Report, which has measured sustainability progress by the County and its local cities annually since 1997.
2. The Sustainability Awards, which have honored sustainability champions every year since 1999. During the last 21 years, SSMC has presented more than 150 awards to deserving organizations, businesses and individuals. This “must attend” event has consistently seen strong numbers of up to 300 attendees in the last few years, including many local government and business leaders and sustainability advocates from dozens of nonprofits.
3. The Sustainability Ideas Bank, a compilation of sustainability solutions for cities and businesses that have been implemented successfully locally, throughout the U.S. and overseas. It shares solutions with local leaders, tailored to their needs, to help them accelerate the implementation of impactful sustainability projects and policies on the ground.

In addition, SSMC has been hosting monthly Virtual Happy Hours and occasional Roundtables with sustainability leaders to discuss current issues and ways to address them. We also engage regularly with a broad range of stakeholders from local government, the business community, other nonprofits and academia to advance policies, ordinances, projects and programs that are consistent with our vision and mission. We consistently look for opportunities to partner with like-minded organizations to collectively magnify our impact in the communities we serve.

2.5 FTE staff (Executive Director, Executive Assistant and Program Manager for the Indicators Report program). In addition, the organization relies upon an active, hands-on Board of Directors and a core group of ca. 20 hard-working volunteers - many of whom have been with the organization for a long time.

Over the last two years, we have added two new, successful programs: the Sustainability Ideas Bank and our monthly virtual Happy Hours. In addition we continue to strengthen our collaborations and partnerships with like-minded organizations, like e.g. Spare the Air San Mateo County and AIASMC (the American Institute of Architects, San Mateo County). We are proud to have been one of the first organizations to have joined the Campaign for Fossil Free Buildings in Silicon Valley (FFBSV) and to have been instrumental in empowering our cities to come up with strong, local green building codes. We will continue to expand our core programs and explore starting new ones with a single goal in mind: helping our local governments, businesses and individuals on their path to becoming more sustainable. The time to act is now!

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SUSTAINABLE SAN MATEO COUNTY

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Terry Nagel

No Affiliation

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Georgi LaBerge

William Schulte

No Affiliation

Seamus Murphy

Caltrain, SamTrans, San Mateo County Transit Authority

Kirsten Keith

No Affiliation

Barbara McHugh

No Affiliation

Verónica Escámez

Casa Círculo Cultural

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/11/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Disability

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