How to Be an Effective Advocate

There are a multitude of factors that go into becoming an effective advocate for the environment. First and foremost is knowledge—the more you know, the more convincing you can be in your argument on a specific issue. Whether you are championing smart growth or protecting an open space preserve, it is vital for you to know the ins and outs of that issue. Of equal importance is knowing how the process works. The resources on this page are meant to equip you with the skills to effectively advocate in certain situations.

Planning for Change: How to be an effective advocate is a series of workshops that Greenbelt Alliance is currently hosting. The first workshop covered how to write a comment letter for an Environmental Impact Report. The second workshop taught residents how to advocate for sustainable developments in their neighborhoods. The third and final workshop shared communications and social media strategies for effective advocacy.

Understanding the connection between how we use land and the environment is key to figuring out how we can reduce carbon emissions. Green Your City’s Blueprint: A Toolkit for Climate-Friendly General Plans provides clear instructions to influence your local city plans to be more climate-friendly.

Resources for Advocates

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012     

See the presentation from A SMART Step Forward on May 17

Thank you to everyone who attended the May 17 event A SMART Step Forward co-hosted by Conservation Action Fund for Education, the Accountable Development Coalition and the Great Communities Collaborative. (See embedded PowerPoint.) Continue reading

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Monday, January 2nd, 2012     

Planning for Change: How to comment on an Environmental Impact Report

What the heck is an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) besides a huge and complicated document? And why should we as advocates care? Doesn’t the EIR address the sustainability issues that we advocates are concerned with?
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Sunday, January 1st, 2012     

Planning for Change: What makes a development sustainable?

There are countless ways for a development to lighten its load on Planet Earth and nearly as many systems to rate how environmentally friendly a project is (LEED, Build it Green, CalGreen, etc.). How can you sift through all this info and determine if a development will be people- and earth-friendly in your neighborhood? Continue reading

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Tuesday, May 17th, 2011     

Green Your City’s Blueprint: A Toolkit to Make Planning Easier

(Note: This is another in our series of  expert blogs  on TOD highlighting work and research that experts and advocates are doing in the field. Today we have Jennifer Gennari, Communications Director at  Greenbelt Alliance ) Individual actions — bicycling instead of driving, turning … Continue reading

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