Countywide greening program unveiled

A program poised for launch next year promises to guide each Peninsula city to environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Designed by Sustainable San Mateo County and aided by a grant from Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Pathways to Sustainable Cities will combine greening efforts around the county into one plan, set goals for each city and measure their progress, said Tyler Hammer, executive administrator of Sustainable San Mateo County.

Hammer unveiled the details of the program Tuesday at a one-day conference at the Green Building Exchange in Redwood City that focused on climate change, energy efficiency and green technology.

While individual city governments have instituted environmentally friendly measures, “there’s been no cohesive vision of how they fit together,” Hammer said.

Program staff and volunteers will provide city officials with sample policies to reduce emissions and encourage green business practices and help city leaders track their progress in meeting 12 goals and benchmarks.

Pathways to Sustainable Cities builds upon Sustainable San Mateo County’s annual environmental report card it issues throughout the Peninsula, Hammer said.

San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill said Sustainable San Mateo County’s partnership with PG&E, which was also announced Tuesday, will expand the smaller organization’s reach beyond government and into the business community.

“We’ve just touched the surface of business involvement,” Hill said.

tbarak@examiner.com

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