Indicators Report

Indicators Report

Living sustainably means that we meet today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable, long-term planning balances a vibrant economy, a socially equitable community, and a healthy environment.



About the Indicators Report

Indicators for a Sustainable San Mateo County provides fact-based information on local trends impacting our economy, environment, and society. Propelled by the philosophy “what gets measured, gets managed,” the Report presents indicators that raise awareness of sustainability in the county and improve our ability to make sound decisions for the benefit of future generations.

The indicators in this Report are used by governments, businesses, civic groups, and nonprofit organizations to set goals, measure progress towards achieving them, and prioritize the allocation of scarce resources. In addition to the indicators, the Report highlights success stories, showcases positive changes that local governments and businesses are making, and presents resources for individuals to take further action.

Each year, we feature a Key Indicator, which provides an in-depth look at a current issue that is critical to the long-term sustainability of San Mateo County. This year’s Key Indicator, Cost of Living, will explore the social relationships within the economy, the impacts on our environment, and options for more sustainable practices.

This Report would not be possible without our sponsors and dedicated team of volunteers, each of whom contributed time and energy to help research, edit, and design the pages. We also thank the local experts who reviewed and commented on draft indicators.


Sustainable San Mateo County gratefully acknowledges the work of its founders, Board and Committee members, and the many volunteers who helped make this year’s report.

Indicators Production Team
Former Executive Director: Adrienne Etherton
Program Manager: Flora Kaplan
Administrator: Jane Richards
Graphic Design: Derrick Chinn
Website: Kevin Wacknov
Printed Materials Design: Ricki McGlashan

Indicators Committee
Chair: David Crabbe
City Reports Coordinator: Bryan Chen
Members: Catherine Brooker, Bernard Bruand, Bill Chiang, Sam Herzberg, Wayne Phillips, Chris Wolken

Catherine Brooker, James Cannon, Jenny Cheang, Derrick Chinn, Shalini Desrouches, Celeste Estrella, Michael Gradus, Elena Guevara, Chelsea Howe, Akuwa Kalu, Matt Koester, Chris Lamm, Lulu Martine, Catherine Nguyen, Amanda Peters, Lucretia Rivera, Cathy Schechter, Zach Wong

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From the 2017 Indicators Report

Between 1989 and 2014, low income wages decreased by 7% and high income wages increased by 27% in San Mateo County.

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‟In the long term, the economy and the environment are the same thing. If it's unenvironmental it is uneconomical. That is the rule of nature.”—Mollie Beattie