Office of Sustainability: Climate Change / Adaptation (4020P)

Program Outcome Statement

The Climate Change Program works to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ensure that the County is actively preparing for climate change impacts


The Climate Change and Adaptation Section aims to mitigate the effects of climate change through substantiated local actions. Additionally, through adaptation planning, the Section strives to increase the resiliency of valuable assets, protect vulnerable populations, and conserve natural resources.

Story Behind Performance FY 2017-18 Mid-Year Update

The Office of Sustainability is responsible for reducing the County's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its own operations as well as from the unincorporated community. The California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) mandated that all governments reduce their GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Through its Government Operations Climate Action Plan (GOCAP), which aims to reduce emissions from the County's operations and facilities and the Energy Efficiency Climate Action Plan (EECAP), which aims to reduce emissions in the unincorporated County areas, San Mateo County is committed to mitigating the progression of anthropogenic climate change.

Percent of Progress Toward Countywide GHG Emissions Goal

Percent of Sea Change SMC Listserv Emails Opened

Percent Increase in Green Business Certified in San Mateo County Compared to Average Percent Increase in Certifications Across the Nine Bay Area Counties

FY 2017-18 Priorities

  • Complete an update to the Government and Community Climate Action Plans
  • Complete countywide sea level rise vulnerability assessment
  • Develop planning tools and resources for reducing impacts from sea level rise and other climate change impacts
  • Continue to expand the Green Business Program, especially in under-served communities

Author: Hilary Papendick, Resource Conservation Program Manager Contact Email: Last Updated: 01/29/2018