Sustainability Program


San Mateo is a progressive community that continuously considers the impact that today’s actions will have on future generations. This is why sustainability is a top priority of the City. It is our goal to preserve the environment, provide economic well-being, and ensure social equity for our residents and businesses. 

Take a look at our different programs and initiatives by visiting the links on the left.

Sustainability Updates

Earth Day Photo Contest!

Earth Day photo contestHow are you celebrating Earth Day this year? What does being sustainable mean to you? Are you environmentally conscious? Do you have a knack for photography? Are you teaching your kids how to be stewards of their community? Show us how you support sustainability in San Mateo by joining our Earth Day Photo Contest! Whether it’s at home, work, school or just walking around town – we’d like to highlight our community’s passion for sustainability.

Three winners will be chosen and receive a “zero waste” kit that includes reusable items you can take on the go!

How to Participate: Send photo entries to by 5 p.m. April 30. Photos will be shared on our social media pages and website. People can help pick the winners by going to our Facebook Page and “liking” your favorite photo in the Earth Day Photo Contest album.

Eligibility: Anyone who lives or works in San Mateo is encouraged to participate. Photos must be your own.

Climate Action Plan update

The City is in the process of updating the Climate Action Plan. Find out more information and updates here.

Receive up to a $100 rebate on a Rain Barrel

Did you know you can receive up to a $100 rebate when you purchase and install a rain barrel to collect rainwater?  The City of San Mateo has partnered with BAWSCA to offer an incentive for residents to purchase a water saving rain barrel.  Find out how to qualify for this rebate.       

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