Christine Kohl-Zaugg
Christine Kohl-Zaugg, Executive Director
[email christine (at) sustainablesanmateo (dot) org]

Christine Kohl-Zaugg is a long-time San Mateo County resident and accomplished sustainability professional with an MS in Environmental Sciences. For 18+ years, Christine has worked in and with the private sector, the government, non-profits and several start-ups, providing strategic and technical sustainability management consulting. Many of her projects included multi-stakeholder partnerships, looking to find innovative and practical solutions to sustainability issues. This included an early “circular economy” project, involving the cement industry and the government, and leading to the development of technical guidelines on waste-derived, alternative fuels. Details on Christine’s professional background can be found on her LinkedIn profile.

A strong proponent of design thinking and solving issues by using a holistic approach, Christine is excited about the opportunity to help shape Sustainable San Mateo County’s impactful next chapter! Christine welcomes your support, ideas and continued commitment to the organization.

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

Flora has always been passionate about social justice and environmental issues. After earning a degree in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, she returned to the Bay Area to work in various fields, including social service, tech, and higher education. Several years ago, she decided to pursue her dream of a career driving sustainability and completed a Master’s degree in Sustainable Management. Through this program she gained expertise in cultural transformation, renewable energy, climate change, food systems, and waste management. At that time she also served as the Environment and Natural Resource Fellow at a national nonprofit conference where she harmonized corporate and nonprofit partners to craft panel discussions on global water security, reforestation, ecological economics, life-cycle analysis, and sustainable design. After contributing research to the Sustainable San Mateo Indicators Report for 7 years, she became the Program Manager in 2015.

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From the 2017 Indicators Report

The cost of living in the Bay Area has grown over the past 20 years and is now over twice the national average. It has risen by nearly 50% in the past 10 years.

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‟The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them.”—Paul Hawken