Past Presentations

The City of San Mateo holds multiple workshops on sustainability issues. Past topics include energy efficiency, greywater systems, transportation and solar energy. If you weren't able to make it or if you want to review the information, the presentations are now available online.


Native Plants Workshop

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

This workshop provided an overview of the benefits of native and drought-tolerant plants. 

Native Plant Presentation

Native Plant List

Greywater Workshop

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Laura Allen from Greywater Action led a two-part workshop. Part 1 was an overview of greywater systems and Part 2 focused on how to install your own laundry-to-landscape system.

 Greywater Workshop Presentation

Earth Day Taste & Talk Forum:   Driving Towards Driverless

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Watch the video link to Driving Towards Driverless Cars with Lauren Isaac, Director of Business Initiatives at EasyMile.

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to change all aspects of mobility – from driver safety and insurance liability to car ownership and how Americans commute. It has the potential to disrupt both public and private transportation as we know it. This presentation will introduce driverless cars: what they are, when they’re coming, and who is involved. It will also introduce what a driverless society may look like and what we, as a society, should be both excited and concerned about!

Driving Towards Driverless

Earth Day Taste & Talk Forum: Sea Level Rise in San Mateo County

Monday, April 25, 2016

Learn about this serious challenge that is facing San Mateo County and find out about initiatives underway by both the County and by the City of San Mateo to address this issue. Speakers include San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine and staff from the County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability and the City of San Mateo Public Works Department.

City of San Mateo Presentation

San Mateo County Presentation

Measure AA Presentation

Home Greywater Systems Community Seminar

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Alan Hackler, from Bay Maples presented about home greywater systems, including 'Laundry to Landscape,' and other cost effective and environmentally conscious methods you can use to irrigate your garden.

Bay Maples Presentation

Greywater Resources

Sustainable Landscaping Class

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Learn about the Cal Water Turf Removal Rebate Program, which provides a financial incentive for removing your lawn. Discover the benefits of drought tolerant plants as an alternative to your lawn, and create a water-efficient, low-maintenance landscape. Explore ways to create beautiful and sustainable landscape that conserves water, resources, and reduce your utility and maintenance costs.

Cal Water Conservation Programs

Sustainable Landscaping Presentation

The Nuts and Bolts of Going Solar 

Saturday, June 13, 2015 

The City of San Mateo, in collaboration with SolarCity and the County of San Mateo, invites you

to a free seminar on the important considerations that should be made before installing solar

panels on your home or business.

 SolarCity Presentation

Energy Upgrade California Presentation


Water Wise Home Workshop: Create Your Own Water-Wise Home and Landscape

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Presentation by Laura Allen, author of the Water Wise Home. With simple plumbing alterations and smart landscape changes, every home has the potential to create a sustainable water supply with an ecologically productive landscape.

Water Wise Home Workshop Presentation