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Sustainability Academy

The Sustainability Academy is a free education and outreach program designed to raise awareness around sustainability and empower San Mateo County community members with the knowledge and skills to promote sustainability.

“Empowering others to take agency in their lives through experiential education is foundational to implementing a culturally relevant climate change response.”
– Community Member and 2019 Master Resource Conservation Course Participant

Our diverse range of classes is taught by local experts and offer participants access to cutting-edge sustainability information and best practices. This is a great way to get involved with sustainability projects in your community, build leadership skills, and meet new people who share the same interest!

The Sustainability Academy is a County of San Mateo program that is available to our San Mateo County community members – those who live, work, and go to school in San Mateo County. If you need ADA accommodations, please contact us five (5) business days prior to the workshop or first class you will be attending.

Missed a workshop? Catch them here.

Recorded workshops include:

  • Edible Home Gardening Support Community Meetings
  • Home Composting
  • Creative Baking
  • Recycling in the COVID-19 Era

Get to know popular Academy courses and workshops with these introductory videos:

Please visit our waste reduction website for more information about:

  • Curbside composting collection
  • How to start composting at home
  • Backyard composting
  • Worm Composting
  • Grasscycling
  • Community garden partnerships

Follow us on social media @SustainSMC or, if you’ve taken a workshop or course with us, request to join our Facebook group.

Contact our Sustainability Academy Coordinator, Avana Andrade at aandrade@smcgov.org.