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October 14, 2013

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October 14, 2013

Sustainable San Mateo County works in a number ways to engage and inform residents, businesses and elected official about sustainability. The outstanding annual Indicator's Report is the go to tool for data on the social, economic and environmental health of the county. The annual awards event highlights local achievements, providing motivation and recognition for leaders moving forward on the journey to sustainability. A great resource for information -- thank you Adrienne and Sustainable San Mateo County for what you do.

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2013

July 24, 2009

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July 24, 2009

Sustainable SM County has just developed a new data base of information to help people -- and businesses -- be sustainable in very practical ways. Using the Sustainability Hub, you find out very practical ways to make your garden more water efficient, to find a "green" auto mechanic, to find better transportation options besides driving your own car, and lots more. It's all about making the 3 E's of sustainability -- environment, economy, and equity -- practical to everyday people. And it grows from a history of more than 15 years of doing research on sustainability and recognizing people who do it. And it all started with 6 people who had an idea in the mid 1990s.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

How it has grown in its influence over its lifetime. The first awards event in 1999 was a small luncheon. In 2009 there were 450+ people. And the Sustainability Hub, just launched this year, is really a hit.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Great and dedicated people, both on staff and the volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intelligent and interested in the local community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help people meet energy conservation requirements (California AB32,eg). Grants or loans to low-income people for energy efficiency projects. Work on water conservation for individuals, parks, businesses. Partner w/ others on land use & transit issues.

Ways to make it better...

We had some more volunteers to help out with outreach and the annual event.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial challenge is very big right now. It is working to gain support from more individual donors, in addition to other sources. It also isn't as visible as the "basic needs" organizations right now.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Since the first Indicators Report in 1996, it has had a solid impact on local awareness about sustainability and on local policy. The research it does both on the Report and on the new Sustainability Hub make them both key resources for SM County.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 3, 2009

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July 3, 2009

I am the Board Chair for this nonprofit. We educate about all 3 E's of sustainability - Economy, social Equity and the Environment. We stay true to our purpose, limit ourselves to the County of San Mateo, California, and publish an annual Indicators Report which rates the County on 32 different Indicators. We also have an annual Awards event which recognizes those in our County who are putting sustainability into action. The primary focus is to influence the city councils (there are 20 cities in our county) and the County Board of Supervisors to promote sustainability by recognizing that their decisions today will impact generations to come. We also work with other organizations and the community at large to further these concepts.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the increase of awareness and actions around sustainability throughout the county.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't answer this since I have had a hand in running the organization.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the willingness to participate that the many volunteers have brought to the organization with their intelligent and thoughtful insight and foresight.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

of the highest caliber. With very few exceptions, all were a pleasure to work with. Many have been with Sustainable San Mateo County since its inception in 1992.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its efforts exponentially! It could hire more staff to help with all of the ideas that we come up with.

Ways to make it better...

it couldn't have been better. I have enjoyed working with the dedicated volunteers and small staff in helping to spread the word about sustainability.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding the time and money to do everything we want to do. We have a small staff so rely a lot on volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

that smallness of the staff means that the volunteers realize how much they are needed and participating is its own reward.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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