Office of Sustainability

FY 2015-17 Performance Report


Department Mission Statement

To help the County of San Mateo and its communities adapt to our changing environment by providing services and resources that inspire new ideas and solutions all the while building a community that fulfills the needs of everyone today and in the future.

Daily Garbage Disposal Rate Per Person in Unincorporated San Mateo County

Percent Below 2005 Countywide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Benchmark 


Cost Per Capita

Percent of Employees Rating Their Experience Working for the County as Good or Better


FY 2015-17 Highlights

  • Completed Phase 1 of a Countywide Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment.
  • EnergyWatch Program on track to double the energy efficiency savings goals for calendar year 2015.
  • Launched the SMC Employee Commuter Bus Pilot Program by offering North County, East Bay, and South Bay routes.
  • Provided support and financing for the formation and launching of Peninsula Clean Energy, a Community Choice Aggregation program.

FY 2015-17 Highlights Cont.

  • Jobs/Housing Task Force and successful launch of Home For All initiative.
  • San Mateo County first county to receive the Beacon Award in 2015 from the Institute for Local Government (ILG) for Sustainability Best Practices. 
  • Countywide City Partnerships through RICAPS (Regional Integrated Climate Action Planning Suite) tool, BayREN, Countywide recycling, and Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) Programs.
  • STEP:  The Sustainable Transportation Encouragement Program grant funding ($963,000) for North Fair Oaks area and Redwood City School District community and school-based education.

FY 2017-19 Goals

  • Continue to collaborate with County Departments and other stakeholders to address water management and conservation issues.
  • Improve and increase networking and partnerships with public and private stakeholders to support education, outreach and volunteerism.
  • Develop Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Policies for the County and regionally to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Create an environment to facilitate a healthy and active lifestyle for all members of our communities.

FY 2017-19 Challenges and Priorities

  • Complete the Countywide Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the South Coast, including Pescadero.
  • Leverage other Agency funding sources as a match to County funding for stormwater runoff compliance.
  • Expand grant-funded energy-water nexus program directed at disadvantaged communities.
  • Commuter Bus Communication Outreach
  • Commute Alternatives Program 2.0:  Improvements and Enhancements
  • Home For All Implementation
  • Quality of Life in North Fair Oaks - Illegal Dumping, Emergency Services, Etc.
  • Coastside Stormwater Compliance TMDL Plan(s) - Partnership with RCD/Measure A Funding?
  • Expand Community Engagement and Education for Solid Waste and Recycling


Ongoing Measure A

  • Groundwater Basin Assessment - in FY 2014-15, Measure A funds were allocated to study the San Mateo County groundwater sub-basin.
  • Middlefield Road Streetscape Project - in FY 2014-15, Measure A funds were allocated for improvements along this corridor.
  • Resource Conservation District Loan - in FY 2015-16, Measure A funds were allocated as a one-time loan to complete several projects around water supply infrastructure and drought response.
  • Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science Pilot (YESS) - In FY 2015-16, Measure A funds were allocated for a program to teach high school students about sea level rise. 

New Measure A

  • Active Transportation Coordinator - in FY 2016-17, Measure A funds were allocated to partially fund a limited term active transportation coordinator.


FY 2016-17 Budget - General Fund

Office of Sustainability

  • Total Sources: $10,650,266
  • Total Requirements: $16,672,939
  • Net County Cost: $6,022,673
  • Funded FTEs: 15

FY 2016-17 Budget - Non-General Fund

Solid Waste Management

  • Total Sources: $10,147,748
  • Total Requirements: $10,147,748
  • Net County Cost: $0
  • Funded FTEs: 6

FY 2016-17 Budget - Non-General Fund

County Service Area, Office of Sustainability

  • Total Sources: $6,167,290
  • Total Requirements: $6,167,290
  • Net County Cost: $0
  • Funded FTEs: 0


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