Sustainability 101 Webinars

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The Sustainability Academy's webinars provide participants in San Mateo County with a general knowledge and practical skills for conserving resources in your home and work and promoting sustainability in your communities.

The Sustainability Academy (formerly known as the RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy) is designed to train San Mateo County community members about resource conservation and empower them to promote resource conservation in their communities. This no-cost educational program is made available through the County of San Mateo.

Register and participate in any one of our upcoming webinars below!



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Don't Pollute! How to Properly Dispose of Toxics In Your Community

Want to help eliminate pollution in your community? There are many local programs in San Mateo County for eliminating toxic waste properly. This webinar will provide you detailed information on how you can reduce electronic, household hazardous (e.g., oil, paint, etc.) and pharmaceuticals waste..

Thursday, January 12th, 2017


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Live Green and Save Green: Energy Programs that Save Money and the Planet

Want to live green and save green by cutting down on your energy usage? Through this webinar, you will gain an understanding of (1) the various sources of energy we use today; (2) how energy becomes electricity that's distributed through the grid; (3) energy regulations and utility rates in California; (4) the impact of energy use on climate change; and (5) various programs that help you - County residents and business owners - reduce energy use, while saving money.

Thursday, February 9th, 2017


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Adapt to Rising Tides: Take Action Now and Prepare for Sea Level Rise

Learn from climate change communications experts, Climate Access and Dr. Susanne Moser, on effective ways to find common ground and work collectively towards finding solutions to the impacts of sea level rise. This webinar will share results from the Look Ahead San Mateo sea level rise visualization project and will provide tools and methods to assist you in engaging others in taking action and preparing for sea level rise.

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017


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Make Every Drop Count: Tapping in to Local Water Conservation Programs

Want to learn how to help with efforts to conserve water and create healthy waterways in your community? Through this webinar, you will learn about water sources and supply systems in the Bay Area and gain a better understanding about the necessity of our water supply and maintaining water quality through functioning water supply and treatment systems. Gain valuable information on the numerous programs available locally for homes and businesses, including water saving equipment and sustainable lawn care.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017


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Don't be 'Fuel'ish: Transportation Alternatives that Reduce Greenhouse Gas and Your Waistline!

Learn how transportation decisions affect our communities and how individual actions can make a big difference leading to big benefits. Through this webinar, you'll learn better transportation decision-making, how it relates to your health and the economy, and the various transportation mode choices and opportunities. You'll also hear about local transportation programs available in San Mateo County, including programs that the County has implemented in its own operations.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017


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The Goal of These Webinars

GET INVOLVED - Learn all about the latest-and-greatest sustainability topics and what you can do to empower yourself and others to conserve resources in San Mateo County.

GIVE BACK - Volunteer to educate your friends, neighbors, kids, teachers, and community about the value and benefits of resource conservation.

While we do not ask the webinar participants to commit to volunteering your time, we highly encourage all webinar participants to volunteer to promote sustainability in your communities.


To find out more about the Academy, please contact Eun-Soo Lim, our Sustainability Academy Coordinator, at or toll free at 1-888-442-2666.

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