Past Presentations

The City of San Mateo holds multiple workshops on sustainability issues. Past topics include energy efficiency, greywater systems, transportation and solar energy. If you weren't able to make it or if you want to review the information, the presentations are now available online.

Divesting From Fossil Fuels (Thursday, April 25, 2019)

Learn how you can stop supporting the fossil fuel industry with your banking and investments. Take control of your money's impact. David Elliston shares tips for clean investing.

Divesting from Fossil Fuels

Permaculture Design Workshop (Saturday, April 20, 2019)

Permaculture works with nature instead of against it - saving energy, minimizing waste, and lowering environmental impact. Local permaculture expert Nicholas Hardy discussed how to holistically restore and regenerate the degraded ecology of our local landscapes and watersheds.

Permaculture Design Presentation

Going Zero Waste Workshop (Saturday, April 20, 2019)

What is zero waste? The simple definition is to send nothing to the landfill but the more complex and accurate description is about redefining the system. Kathryn Kellogg breaks zero waste living down into a super simple step-by-step process.

Going Zero Waste Presentation

Native Plants Workshop (Wednesday, September 26, 2018)

This workshop provided an overview of the benefits of native and drought-tolerant plants.

Native Plant Presentation

Native Plant List

Greywater Workshop (Saturday, June 23, 2018)

Laura Allen from Greywater Action led a two-part workshop. Part 1 was an overview of greywater systems and Part 2 focused on how to install your own laundry-to-landscape system.

 Greywater Workshop Presentation

Earth Day Taste & Talk Forum:   Driving Towards Driverless (Tuesday, May 2, 2017)

Watch the video link to Driving Towards Driverless Cars with Lauren Isaac, Director of Business Initiatives at EasyMile.

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to change all aspects of mobility – from driver safety and insurance liability to car ownership and how Americans commute. It has the potential to disrupt both public and private transportation as we know it. This presentation will introduce driverless cars: what they are, when they’re coming, and who is involved. It will also introduce what a driverless society may look like and what we, as a society, should be both excited and concerned about!

Driving Towards Driverless

Earth Day Taste & Talk Forum: Sea Level Rise in San Mateo County (Monday, April 25, 2016)

Learn about this serious challenge that is facing San Mateo County and find out about initiatives underway by both the County and by the City of San Mateo to address this issue. Speakers include San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine and staff from the County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability and the City of San Mateo Public Works Department.

City of San Mateo Presentation

San Mateo County Presentation

Measure AA Presentation

Home Greywater Systems (Wednesday, March 2, 2016) 

Alan Hackler, from Bay Maples presented about home greywater systems, including 'Laundry to Landscape,' and other cost effective and environmentally conscious methods you can use to irrigate your garden.

Bay Maples Presentation

Greywater Resources

Sustainable Landscaping Class (Saturday, September 12, 2015)

Learn about the Cal Water Turf Removal Rebate Program, which provides a financial incentive for removing your lawn. Discover the benefits of drought tolerant plants as an alternative to your lawn, and create a water-efficient, low-maintenance landscape. Explore ways to create beautiful and sustainable landscape that conserves water, resources, and reduce your utility and maintenance costs.

Cal Water Conservation Programs

Sustainable Landscaping Presentation

The Nuts and Bolts of Going Solar (Saturday, June 13, 2015)

The City of San Mateo, in collaboration with SolarCity and the County of San Mateo, invites you to a free seminar on the important considerations that should be made before installing solar panels on your home or business.

 SolarCity Presentation

Energy Upgrade California Presentation

 Water Wise Home Workshop (Wednesday, May 20, 2015)

Presentation by Laura Allen, author of the Water Wise Home. With simple plumbing alterations and smart landscape changes, every home has the potential to create a sustainable water supply with an ecologically productive landscape.

Water Wise Home Workshop Presentation