Master in Local Sustainability Course – SPRING 2021

The Sustainability Academy’s Master in Local Sustainability Course is a no-cost, 9-week course that will cover energy, waste, water, food systems, climate change, and transportation issues in San Mateo County, as well as the social and environmental justice context of these issues.

This is a great opportunity to meet people in your community with common interests; learn more about the social context of environmental challenges in San Mateo County; and connect with local resource conservation organizations where you can do meaningful (and safe) volunteer work related to the topics we cover in class.

*This course is only available in English. We are working on developing a Spanish language version of this course.

COVID-19 Note: Given the ongoing public health crisis, we will be offering this course via Zoom.

The Sustainability Academy’s Master in Local Sustainability Course will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the following sustainability topics:

  • National and local food systems
  • Climate Change
  • Sea level rise
  • Energy efficiency and conservation
  • Water efficiency and conservation
  • Solid waste management
  • Transportation
  • The course will also focus on the social and environmental justice context of all of these topics


  • HAVE FUN – Make friends and new connections with a common interest, and join us for Academy volunteer appreciation events!
  • GET INVOLVED – Learn cutting-edge resource conservation techniques and theory from local sustainability experts, and learn what you can do to empower yourself and others to promote these activities.
  • GIVE BACK – Educate your friends, neighbors, kids, teachers, and community on the value of conserving resources!


  • After the completion of the course, we require that you volunteer 40 hours of your time using the skills that you learned in the class to promote sustainability in your communities. We will match you with an organization that meets your interests, or support you in pursuing an independent project.  We will ensure that all volunteering options are safe to pursue given COVID-19.
  • Priority will be given to San Mateo County community members, specifically those who live, work, or go to school in San Mateo County.

  • Once you complete both the course and the required volunteer hours, you will receive a certificate of completion as recognition of your commitment to sustainability and your community.
  • You must be 14 years or older to attend the classes.
  • Priority will be given to San Mateo County community members, specifically those who live, work and go to school in San Mateo County.
  • If you need ADA accommodations, please contact us at least five (5) business days prior to the first class you will be attending.


The course will be led by Laura McKaughan with Envirolutions Consulting with local guest speakers and industry experts including environmental leaders at nonprofits, community groups, and government agencies.


Date: Tuesday evenings on the following dates: March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, and May 25
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Zoom


Register for this course here! Registration closes March 8th.

For questions, contact Academy Coordinator, Avana Andrade at or (650) 599-1459


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