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The Office of Sustainability provides educational materials, technical support and helpful resources in the areas of waste reduction and diversion, energy conservation, and watershed and coastal community protection. All available resources are free for all public, private, charter or home-school educators in San Mateo County. Please contact us at sustainability@smcgov.org, subject line: Schools Program, to let us know how we can help you.

Administration Resources

We have a variety of resources for you. Check back often to view new resources or sign-up to receive our email announcements.

FUNDING

The Office of Sustainability offers 4R’s Mini and Mega Grants in the amounts of up to $5,000 and up to $25,000 respectively. The program accepts applications every year in the last weeks of Winter (January through February). Jump to the 4R’s Grants page to find out more application details.

Here is another list of other organizations that have grants that your school or district might qualify for. Check it out below:

GARDEN SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT

The Office of Sustainability Schools Program provides schools in San Mateo County with backyard composting and worm composting bins for their school gardens. If you are interested please email us at sustainability@smcgov.org

Contact the Community Garden Initiative Program to learn about their resources to help you establish or improve a school garden.

Do you need help finding free or discounted supplies for your school garden? If so, check out our Seeds, Plants and Garden Supplies list below:

COMMUNICATIONS MATERIAL

One way we can get students and school staff to reduce waste is by communicating with them on ways to take action and reminding them specifically what goes into the recycling, organics, and garbage (landfill) bins on campus. We can do this through signage and stickers. Check out our collection of posters, signs, and stickers available to you by emailing us at sustainability@smcgov.org.

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