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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.


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


Our staff is comprised of experienced sustainability and environmental literacy educators ready to lead lessons for small groups, green teams, environmental clubs, classrooms or the entire school. We specialize in differentiating our approach to accommodate all grades, learning styles and EL learners in topics ranging from but not limited to:

  • The 4R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot-Compost
  • Resource Conservation
  • Municipal Waste Management Issues
  • Zero Waste Principles
  • Plastic Pollution Prevention
  • Worm and Backyard Composting

In addition to facilitating lessons for students, Schools Program staff can also assist you with the following:


Our free resources are often just an email away. Contact us for any of the following:

  • Free Worm Bins and Backyard Composting Units
  • Free Pound of Red Earthworms (for Worm Composting Bins)
  • Free 4R’s Games Classroom Sets
  • Loaned Classroom Re-Use Kits (Recycled Paper Making, CD Spinners, Pizza Box Solar Ovens)
  • Energy Efficiency Toolkit (Available to borrow from any San Mateo County Library)

Check out the list below of other organizations that provide free or discounted supplies for  schools:


The Office of Sustainability previously offered 4R’s Mini and Mega Grants in the amounts of up to $5,000 and up to $25,000 respectively. Jump to the 4R’s Grants page to view past 4R’s Grant recipients.

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


Check out our collection of posters, signs, and sorting stickers. Email us your requested signage at sustainability@smcgov.org.

Couldn’t find what you were looking for? Tell us how we can improve what we offer:

  • Let us know what resource tools will help you.