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2012 Indicators Report for a Sustainable San Mateo County

2012 Indicators Report for a Sustainable San Mateo County

Ecologic Institute coordinated the work for the new 2012 Indicators Report for a Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC), Ecologic Institute in San Mateo took on the role of Report Coordinator and Editor. Supported by more than 40 volunteers, among them students from Mills High School in Millbrae and students of urban and regional planning at San José State University, the report was developed and produced in a six month timeframe and can be downloaded free of charge from the website of Sustainable San Mateo County.

New in the 2012 Indicators Report are a stand-alone 8-page summary of the report, the integration of GIS-based information, an increased focus on the inclusion of local solutions and success stories, and an overall strengthened system-oriented presentation of the indicators according to the three pillars of sustainability. Overall, the report provides current information on 43 indicators, including energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, environmentally friendly transportation, water resources and quality, solid waste generation, poverty, income inequality and many more.

And although the report is focused on San Mateo County, it puts the indicators into a meaningful context by providing comparisons with neighboring counties, the state of California and the United States. The local character of the report is further supported by a survey of actions towards sustainability in the 20 cities and towns in the county.


Tanja Srebotnjak, Cathy Schechter, David Crabbe, Tom Rounds, Ricki McGlashan, Barbara Lee, Patrick Wooliever, Barbara Lee 2012: 2012 Indicators Report for a Sustainable San Mateo County. Ecologic Institute, San Mateo, California.

David Crabbe
Tom Rounds
Ricki McGlashan
Barbara Lee
Patrick Wooliever
84 pp.
Table of Contents


Executive Summary

Community Health
   Our Changing Demographics
   Access to and Affordability of Health Care
   Disease Management

   Economic Growth and Diversity
   Housing Affordability
   Income Distribution
   Jobs and Unemployment

Social Equity
   Child Abuse
   Child Care

   Agriculture and Food
   Air Quality
   Energy Use
   Green Building
   Greenhouse Gas Emissions
   Land Use
   Parks and Open Space
   Pesticide Use
   Solid Waste
   Water – Bay and Ocean Water Quality
   Water – Supply and Demand

Economy at a Glance

Social Equity at a Glance

Environment at a Glance

Cities, Towns and the County Updates

Cities and County at a Glance
   Atherton und Belmont
   Brisbane und Burlingame
   Colma und Daly City
   East Palo Alto und Foster City
   Half Moon Bay und Hillsborough
   Menlo Park und Millbrae
   Pacifica und Portola Valley
   Redwood City und San Bruno
   San Carlos und San Mateo City
   South San Francisco und Woodside
   San Mateo County und San Mateo County College



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