A Community Comes Together in Silicon Valley

At Greenbelt Alliance, we’re dedicated to getting growth right in the Bay Area. That means safeguarding our farms and forests from sprawl development and creating thriving neighborhoods within our cities and towns. But good growth decisions don’t emerge automatically. It takes people coming together and getting engaged in decisions about how their communities grow. Fortunately, there are inspiring examples of this happening around the Bay Area and Greenbelt Alliance is playing a… Read More

Novato Backs Strong Growth Boundary

On a unanimous 5 – 0 vote, the Novato City Council recently finalized the ballot measure to renew the city’s existing urban growth boundary for 25 years on the November 7, 2017 ballot. Greenbelt Alliance, Marin Conservation League, and Sierra Club deliberated with Mayor Athas, councilmembers, and city staff late into the evening at the July 11 public hearing to fine-tune the ballot measure through a productive and positive exchange. The evening… Read More

Introducing the Bay Area Greenprint: A Blueprint for Conservation

With so much innovative technology and trailblazing research, the Bay Area is drowning in data. But a dataset is only as good as its interpretation. Greenbelt Alliance has worked collectively with The Nature Conservancy, Bay Area Open Space Council, American Farmland Trust, and GreenInfo Network to harness data to help practitioners make better land-use decisions that incorporate natural and agricultural values. After over two years of collaboration and endless iteration with experts… Read More

Two Big Victories for Coyote Valley

Coyote Valley, south of San Jose, has experienced many environmental victories and some defeats in the decades-long battle between dooming it to sprawl versus restoring its natural and working landscape. Advocates defended this 7,400-acre valley of farmland, wildlife, and crucial water resources from the sprawl that hit the South Bay in the 1960s, but it could still be lost to unnecessary development radiating from San Jose, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy today. Greenbelt… Read More

Investing in Your Legacy Through Greenbelt Alliance

Andy and Sara Barnes speak with passion about their city living experience. “It’s a privilege to live in a dense city like San Francisco and have access to exceptional open space and cultural amenities in surprising quantities,” offers Andy, Greenbelt Alliance’s former Board Chair and a currently active Board Member. He and Sara co-chaired our annual fundraiser, Savor the Greenbelt, in 2015. In addition to being active and generous current supporters of… Read More

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