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Sustainability Plans

Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College have all developed comprehensive Sustainability Plans through the Participatory Governance process.  These plans – all living documents - help engage the campus communities in a variety of ways and are aimed at helping SMCCCD in “…meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The purpose of the Sustainability Plans is to prepare SMCCCD for some of the largest challenges of the 21st century, to guide the campuses towards becoming more sustainable institutions, and to prepare students for an economy increasingly influenced by the need to mitigate and adapt to the effects of global climate destabilization. 

The campus Sustainability Plans are currently in the process of being updated in 2017. 

Click on the campus sustainability plans below for Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College:

 CANplan  CSMPlan  SKYplan


Storm Water Management Plan

SMCCCD’s Strom Water management Program is designed to address potential issues of quantity and quality of water entering our local storm water system. The District prescribes to a number technical best management practices that are intend to slow, sink and spread ground water on site before discharging to any conveyance infrastructure. Pervious concrete, bioswales, curb cuts and other approaches are all used to effectively mitigate impacts to water quality. 

Maintenance and operational efforts are also employed to address potential issues of overflow, flooding and poor circulation of water from buildings and other infrastructure. Annual maintenance, for instance, is performed to clear storm water inlets of any debris. Drainage issues are addressed on a continuous basis while material handling guidelines protect detritus, chemicals and other potentially harmful materials from entering our local water ways. 

The San Mateo County Community college District Storm Water management program is available at: SMCCCD Storm Water Management Plan  . The District is committed to being a good neighbor and responsible environmental steward.


Water Efficiency Program

The Water Efficiency Program   serves to demonstrate the District’s commitment to water conservation and thereby fulfill the District’s Sustainability plan goals.  It is designed to identify information gaps and guide Program implementation for District staff, faculty, students, and the community.

The Water Efficiency Program Template is similar to the SMCCCD Water Efficiency Program, however it serves as a framework for other districts and/or campuses to create a guide to manage and implement water efficiency measures. 


EV Chargepoint Stations

In 2013 a total of 21 charging stations were installed throughout the San Mateo County Community College District as part of a grant through the California Energy Commission. Since installation the stations have been increasingly popular. Stations throughout the District are frequently occupied by zero emission vehicles.

Increasing the availability of electric vehicle charging is a key strategy to decreasing emissions associated with transportation. Expansion of the current infrastructure is currently planned to begin in summer of 2016. Additional charging infrastructure will double the current capacity at Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College as well as at the San Mateo County Community College District headquarters.

Click on the button below to view a map of the ChargePoint stations at the campuses.  Enter the zip code 94402 (central CSM location).

  Map of ChargePoint Stations


Electronic and Print Flyers

Start a sustainability campaign on your campus! Download these flyers to post on electronic boards or bulletin boards. 

I Want to be Recycled Faucet Water Conservation
I Want to be Recycled 2 Use Water Wisely
I Want to be Recycled 3 Shower Water Conservation