Dear Sustainability Friends,

After a successful Virtual Auction (thank you to all of you who came and supported us!) we are now looking forward to having you join our
21st Annual Awards Celebration next Friday evening, July 10, from 6:30-7:30PM. This year, it will be a virtual event. Come and help us celebrate our 2020 Award winners and learn about their many exemplary achievements! You can click here to pre-register (required). The event is free and open to all!
See sustainability in action!
Join us on July 10 to celebrate our 2020 Awardees

You can learn about all our Award winners in our press release  here . Our thanks go to the many sponsors who made this event possible - most of them who have been steady and important supporters for many years.

Time to celebrate!
Christine Kohl-Zaugg & the whole SSMC Team

Rebates to accelerate Local Energy Resiliency

Peninsula Clean Energy's board of directors just approved a program to help homeowners and commercial buildings take advantage of state rebates to install solar and backup battery systems at a discount. The batteries will be used to help power homes after the sun goes down, an important step in greening the grid. The batteries can also be used to help power buildings during power outages. 

Peninsula Clean Energy is also launching a program to donate portable backup batteries to renters in high fire-threat areas who rely on electricity to power a medical device.

More details will be released soon! Sign up for the Peninsula Clean Energy email newsletter, and be the first to find out.

About Peninsula Clean Energy:
Peninsula Clean Energy launched in October 2016 as California's fifth Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program and is the official local electricity provider for San Mateo County. Peninsula Clean Energy has the goal of providing 100 percent greenhouse gas-free power by 2021. Find out more at
Meet our summer Interns

"Clockwise: SSMC's new interns Alyssa Horng, Calista Triantis, Etaash Patel, Kai Kato, and Lizzie Avila"

Meet the SSMC summer interns! We are excited to welcome Alyssa, Calista, Etaash, Kai and Lizzie, a group of high school and college interns helping SSMC achieve its mission of making San Mateo County more sustainable.
While they will be working on a variety of projects at SSMC throughout the summer, they have started by helping out with the Sustainability Ideas Bank, which lists sustainability solutions for businesses and cities that have been successfully implemented elsewhere. Learn more about each of the interns below.
Alyssa Horng is a rising 11th grader at The Nueva School in San Mateo. She is interested in ecology and the social sciences, and she is excited to learn more about the factors that drive environmental policy. She wanted to work at SSMC because of its focus on not only the environment but also the intersection of sustainability and social equity. 
Calista Triantis , who will be a sophomore at Stanford University this fall, is majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Earth Systems, with the goal of supporting environmental and housing justice initiatives in the Bay Area and beyond. She's excited to learn from and take part in the ways SSMC connects cities and businesses with practical and equitable sustainability approaches, and she hopes to witness how change can be realized at these levels.
Etaash Patel , who will be a 12th grader at The Nueva School this fall, says SSMC appealed to him because of his interests in economics, public policy and environmental action. He is looking forward to learning how novel ideas can be used to make a real difference in the world. 
Kai Kato , a rising junior at Stanford University, is studying Political Science with a minor in Computer Science. While his academic interests lie mainly in foreign relations and international cooperation, he is just as dedicated to the implementation of solution-oriented policies in local communities. Kai hopes to help SSMC make it easier for the county to transition to a more sustainable future.
Lizzie Avila is a lifelong environmentalist and self-describe "granola" with a special passion for environmental justice in low-income communities. This fall she will be a sophomore at Stanford University, where she is majoring in Earth Systems and pursuing minors in both Biology and International Relations. Lizzie is excited to work with SSMC this summer because of its commitment to sustainability at the intersection of the environment, the economy and social equity.

June Happy Hour: Environmental Justice & Youth

On June 30, we held our fifth Virtual Happy Hour on "Environmental Justice & Youth" in the midst of racial tensions between police and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others. We think this is a very important time to use this platform to examine the relationship between environmental issues and racial and social inequities and to encourage honest conversations about this topic.

Lilian Chang, a rising senior at Mills High School and the Chair of the Environmental Justice Committee of the San Mateo County Youth Commission (SMCYC) kicked off the Happy Hour with a thought-provoking and inspiring presentation on the work she has done through SMCYC in high schools around San Mateo County, with the goal of uniting school efforts against climate change.

You can read our blog here to learn more about our discussion and key insights.

Our thanks go to interns Lizzie and Alyssa, as well as the social media team (Jiana and Monica) for their help in making this happen!

Looking forward to seeing you at our July Happy Hour (more information coming up soon).
Upcoming Events

Check our e-calendar here for a full list of upcoming events! 
Please check directly with the organizer for the latest status. 

Some Highlights:
  • July 10, 6:30-7:30PM: SSMC's 21st Virtual Awards Event. Join us to celebrate our 2020 winners. Click here  to pre-register (required).
  • July 15, 10:15-11:30PM: Moving Forward with Carbon Pricing. Organizer: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. More information and register here
  • July 16, 10-11:30AM: Resilient Trees for a New Climate. Organizer: Canopy. Learn more and register here.
  • July 17, @ 11AM: Climate Justice: The California reality and what you can do. Organizer: The Climate Center. Learn more and register here .

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Check out our 2019 Impact Report HERE