Green Building, CO2 Reduction, Sustainability and other Environmental Programs and Policies
Jurisdictions across the country and world have adopted policies and implemented programs to lessen the environmental – and financial – impacts from private and public building projects. This list is just a snapshot in time of the best examples we know about.
In addition to our San Mateo Countywide Green Building Guidelines, an educational effort within the county, several cities and towns are stepping up with their own ways of encouraging or requiring green building.
The City of San Mateo passed a policy in the Rail Corridor Plan (Policy 6.35) that encourages sustainable development and for future projects within the TOD areas to submit the County's Sustainable Green Building Checklist with their applications. One such project is the new LEED Silver rated, City of San Mateo Public Library.
Sustainable Development Policy
San Mateo Info on Library
RW Info on Library
Portola Valley built a Town Center, opened in 2008, using multiple green building practices. It is one of only a handful of municipal projects in the nation to have won Platinum certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards of the U.S. Green Building Council. The Center has also won numerous other awards. Portola Valley Info
- Most of the cities and towns in San Mateo County have C&D ordinances.
Other Policies in San Mateo County
Wood burning ordinances help both outdoor and indoor air quality. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has a model ordinance used by many cities in the county.
CO2 Emissions Reduction:
San Mateo County made a commitment to work with Sustainable Silicon Valley to reduce CO2 emissions. The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution setting goals for County facilities.
Programs in the Bay Area
Several cities and counties have some kind of green building program. Marin County has the most forward thinking policies.
Marin offers some energy policies that require large homes to meet energy standards of smaller homes, thus reducing the amount of energy consumed by our growing tendency to build bigger and bigger homes. Marin Info
Alameda, San Jose and San Francisco have also been leaders in the area.
San Jose Info
San Francisco Info
- Other Energy and Renewable Policies.
Other Great Programs
Aspen, CO has been innovative and proactive in promoting renewable energy, efficiency and green building. The first program was REMP, the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program and now they have CORE, Community Office for Resource Efficiency. Aspen Info