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City of San Mateo

Beacon Participant Profile

“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.  Those living and working in San Mateo have always enjoyed a high quality of life.  By focusing our efforts on sustainable initiatives we can better develop, manage, and preserve valuable community assets and resources for years to come.” – City of San Mateo’s Sustainability Website

About San Mateo

  • Incorporated: 1894
  • Population: 97,207 (as of 2010)
  • Location: Approximately 18 miles South of San Francisco in San Mateo County.
  • Area: 15.88 square miles

Climate Action Activities

Climate Action Resources


Agency Energy Savings

  • Silver Level, 8% (2020)

Agency Natural Gas Savings

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Gold Level, 18% (2020)
  • Silver Level, 9% (2015)

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Gold Level (2015)
Case Story

San Mateo Stays True to Its Climate Action Plan

The City of San Mateo joined the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition as a way to jump-start the implementation of its Climate Action Plan, which was formally adopted in 2015. Staff says the competition provides a framework for the city to track its progress in improving energy efficiency in its community.

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