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Adrienne Etherton, Executive Director
[email adrienne (at) sustainablesanmateo (dot) org]

Adrienne Etherton has served as the Executive Director of Sustainable San Mateo County since September 2011. Her passion for sustainability and continual quest for knowledge made her a great fit for the organization. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has worked in design, construction and logistics. After moving from the Midwest to San Mateo in early 2008, Adrienne refocused on sustainability, studying Architecture at UC Berkeley’s [IN]ARCH summer institute, as well as photovoltaics, environmental science, energy efficiency, and green building, earning LEED AP and NABCEP Entry Level Solar certifications. Locally she has participated in the San Mateo Leadership program (class of 2012) and the inaugural Healthy Communities Leadership Academy (now known as the Community Advocates Leadership Academy). Through her role at SSMC she participates in a number of countywide collaborations such as the Sea Level Rise Policy Advisory Committee, the Grand Boulevard Initiative’s Community Leaders Roundtable, the San Mateo County Spare the Air Team, and the Food Systems Alliance Policy Committee, among others. Adrienne lives in Half Moon Bay with her husband Leo and dog Marco.


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Flora Kaplan, Indicators Program Manager [email flora (at) sustainablesanmateo (dot) org]

Flora Kaplan has managed research projects and educational events for over a decade. Her expertise in social movements, clean tech, renewable energy, and wastewater treatment was enhanced through a Master’s degree in Sustainable Management. This program inspired her to shift her focus to food systems and manage sponsorship relationships for a local food festival. As the Environment and Natural Resource Fellow at a national nonprofit, she harmonized corporate and nonprofit partners to craft panel discussions on global water security, reforestation, ecological economics, life-cycle analysis, and sustainable design. Flora’s interest in sustainability bloomed while studying Sociology and culture change at UC Santa Cruz. She has contributed research to the Indicators Report since 2007 and began managing the program in Fall 2015.

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From the 2014 Indicators Report

The county’s population is expected to grow by 185,000 before 2040.

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