How to contribute to a cleaner San Mateo

Almost everyone living in San Mateo contributes to the suffocating smog. Painting, driving, even the kind of consumer products used can release emissions that create air pollution. During the summers, due to warmer temperatures, this becomes a bigger hassle than ever. Fortunately, everyone can do their part to help keep the air clean. Here are some solutions that can keep the atmosphere healthy:

Driving less

Cars are a major cause of air pollution. Before getting into a vehicle to get groceries, or even traveling to work, think of other alternatives of transportation. Can the destination be reached by biking, walking, or using public transit instead of driving alone? If a person leaves a personal car home one day a week, he/she prevents about fifty pounds of air pollution annually from being produced. This also applies to those who are physically impaired and cannot take normal cabs. Using a non-medical transportation van rather than one’s own van is extremely beneficial to the environment.

Vanpool / Carpool

Whether driving to the gym, work, a baseball game or the beach, finding a carpool partner is a great idea. One can take turns driving or can hire a car jointly. Some counties and employers also have a Guaranteed Ride Home program that offers car or taxis vouchers to carpoolers/vanpoolers and transit-takers. There are also several non medical transportation providers that offer the facility of van pooling.

Refuel a vehicle in the evening and avoid topping off

Putting gas in a vehicle emits VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in the air. During the day, these compounds mix with NOx or oxides of nitrogen in the air, burn in the heat of summer, and form low-level ozone.

Refueling during the evening reduces the likelihood of VOCs to form in ozone.

Working from home or Telecommuting

Why commute at all if telecommutes can be arranged? Office goers and business men can easily save a lot of money and time by doing so. Whether they plan to do this full-time or one day a month, they sure will make a difference to the environment.


Cold engines tend to pollute a lot more than warm engines. Hence, whenever feasible, it’s good to perform all errands together in one trip to reduce cold starts.

Avoid any consumer spray products

About forty five tons of pollution is caused by spray products alone in the Bay Area. These aerosol products comprise of furniture polish, hairspray, cooking sprays, air fresheners, bathroom cleaners, antiperspirants, hobby craft sprays and insecticides. When choosing consumer products, one must consider buying other forms instead. Sticks, solids, and gels are friendlier in comparison to others.

Use water-based paints

Oil-based paints and varnishes contain a high quantity of VOCs that tend to evaporate in the atmosphere and produce smog. Water-based paints are also easy to remove from hands and brushes.


One must use thick fluid during barbecue as lighter fluid tends to go up in smoke, creating half-ton of smog every day. Making use of a chimney briquette or an electric starter gets a quicker start.

Banning gasoline power from lawn and garden chores

Gasoline-powered mowers produce more pollution than forty new cars. It’s best to put off lawn care and then get a good workout by pushing the classic hand mower.

Such small steps towards a better tomorrow are sure to make a big difference. If we cut down on our traveling or use environmentally friendly non medical transportation vans and taxis then we will be adding value to the environment. There are several providers in San Mateo that offer such services at competitive prices to ensure everyone can afford them.

Events Happening In San Mateo during January

San Mateo holds a variety of events every month to keep its visitors and residents busy. There is something that caters to people of all ages and tastes. Here is a list of activities happening in San Mateo in the month of January:

Interesting activities and events for Children:

Family story time (at children’s area, Book Bubble):

The event is to be held in January 2014 and will comprise of songs, rhymes and stories for kids under the age of three. Children will be accompanied by participating adults.

Family Pajama story time (at Hillsdale library):

The affair will include finger plays and stories oriented for primary grades and older preschool.

Toddle Story time (at Marina library):

The event will be held in January 2014 and will comprise of rhymes and stories for kids, while accompanied by adults.

Baby and Me Lapsit (at children’s area, book bubble):

On January 23rd, Infants of age 1 year or less can enjoy bounces, music, rhymes on the laps of adults accompanying them. It is to promote learning skills among children.

Poetry & Essay Contest (at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center):

This essay and poetry contest is set to take place on January 15. For registration, kids need to pick up an entry form at the center. Children up to grade four can create poems or short stories while grades five to twelve, can write a poem or an essay. The main aim of the contest is to promote creativity.

Events for Adults:

Movie night, January 16 (at San Mateo Senior Center)

The Senior Center will be featuring a 1950’s hit movie every Thursday at around one in the noon all January. Movies that may get featured include: On the Waterfront, starring Eva Marie Saint, Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger, Lee J. Cobb.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

In the afternoon of January 18, birthday celebration of Dr. King will begin. The day is also recognized as a national holiday. Guest Speakers, music, entertainment and announcement of the poetry/essay awards winners will be the order of the day.

Getting to The events:

San Mateo is located conveniently near south of San Francisco, and forty minutes from San Jose at the north. Sacramento, the state capital of California, is only a few hours drive. There are also three airports within thirty minutes of San Mateo. To travel locally, one can get mass transit such as buses or yellow cabs. One can also use rail services to travel to just about anywhere within Northern California.

However, people with disabilities, who cannot travel through normal vehicles, can hire non medical transportation vans. These automobiles come equipped with state of the art wheelchairs as well as attendants to take care of the traveling individual. Drivers are also fully trained and know how to deal with special cases. They are well versed with the shortest routs around town to ensure that clients reach their destination on time.  There are several companies in California that offer non medical transportation facilities. To search for a reputable company one can browse through the World Wide Web. Most providers have a presence online. In fact, they have fully functional web sites that even offer online booking. By reading testimonials and reviews of the particular service provider one can easily narrow down to a good provider.
San Mateo is certainly a great place to be during January. There is always something going on to keep the children and adults busy. Whether it’s revering the classics or getting recognized for one’s talent, San Mateo never disappoints anyone!