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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 Home For All Mobility Workgroup, the San Mateo County Spare the Air Team, and the Food Systems Alliance, among others. She has also recently joined the Leadership Advisory Board and the Half Moon Bay Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Adrienne lives in Half Moon Bay with her husband Leo and dogs Marco and Dora.


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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.


Jane Richards
Jane Richards, Administrator
[email jane (at) sustainablesanmateo (dot) org]

Jane Richards joined Sustainable San Mateo County in July 2017 as their administrator. Jane has been a passionate advocate for sustainability for many years, showcased by her food and environment blog Green Eatz. She recently graduated with distinction with a Sustainability Certificate from UCLA Extension, and has been involved in environmental activism for over a decade.

Jane moved to the Bay Area in 2012, where she took on the role of Metro Ambassador for the non-profit Cleantech Open, a startup incubator for cleantech entrepreneurs. She was quickly promoted to Social Media Chair with further responsibilities in outreach, operations and planning.

Jane hails from the UK where she worked in software development, initially in analysis and programming. She showed her potential as a leader and was soon promoted to project management roles. She then started her own software consultancy, Beach Computers, specializing in financial legacy systems.  After moving to Australia in 2002, she also studied and qualified as a nutritionist, reinforcing her interest in veganism and healthy eating.


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From the 2017 Indicators Report

Annual per capita greenhouse gas emissions in California have dropped by 14% from a peak in 2001 of 14.0 metric tons per person to 12.0 metric tons per person in 2013.

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