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.