Office of Sustainability (4000D)


The Office of Sustainability helps the County of San Mateo and its communities adapt to our changing environment by providing services and resources that inspire new ideas and solutions. The Office is committed to building a community that fulfills the needs of everyone today and in the future.

Department Headline Measures

Daily Garbage Disposal Rate Per Person in Unincorporated San Mateo County

Percent of Progress Toward Countywide GHG Emissions Goal

Budget Summary

FY 2017-18

  • Total Sources: $23,366,734
  • Total Requirements: $31,208,831
  • Net County Cost: $7,842,097
  • Funded FTEs: 22.00

FY 2018-19

  • Total Sources: $27,453,123
  • Total Requirements: $35,623,536
  • Net County Cost: $8,170,413
  • Funded FTEs: 25.00

Program Results

Percent of Sea Change SMC Listserv Emails Opened

Number of Events and Outreach Presentations Conducted

Number of Energy and Water Saving Library Kits Borrowed from Libraries Countywide

Tons of Solid Waste Materials Collected Curbside for County Service Area Number 8

Administrative Measures

Percent of Customer Satisfaction Rating Services as Good or Better

Percent of Performance Goals Met

Percent of Office of Sustainability Employees Rating Experience Working for County as Good or Better

Percent of Employees Meeting the 20 Hour Annual Training Requirement

Percent of Employee Evaluations Completed Annually

Fiscal Year 2015-17 Highlights

  • Launch of Peninsula Clean Energy, a Community Choice Aggregation program in San Mateo County
  • Completed a draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the Bayside and north of Half Moon Bay
  • Home for All Initiative implemented to ensure housing solutions that fit our diverse community
  • Paid out over $1 million in energy efficiency upgrade rebates to over 1,400 dwelling units
  • Provided 71 energy and water savings toolkits to 31 libraries in the county
  • Reached over 11,000 students and teachers through the schools program

Fiscal Year 2017-19 Priorities

  • Release a groundwater assessment and recommendations for the San Mateo Plain Sub-Basin
  • Oversee the development of a green infrastructure plan to capture, store, and treat stormwater
  • Continue to lead and coordinate the Home for All initiative
  • Complete the Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the coast south of Half Moon Bay
  • Develop an environmental purchasing policy and battery recycling / purchasing program
  • Update the Unincorporated and Government Climate Action Plans

Links to Program Reports

Author: Jim Eggemeyer, Director, Office of Sustainability     Contact Email:     Date Updated: 02/08/2019