Jeremy Madsen, CEO
At Greenbelt Alliance, we address how the Bay Area grows.
Our job is to make sure that the right kind of development happens in the right places and to prevent development where it does not belong: on our greenbelt of spectacular farms, ranches, and natural areas. The national elections that took place this past November created a lot of uncertainty and, for many, anxiety. Our local results, where Greenbelt Alliance was a leader, provide hope. It is with Greenbelt Alliance’s leadership in these uncertain times that the Bay Area can be a shining example, for the country and the entire planet, of the sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive world so many of us want to see. I encourage you to read our 2016 Annual Report to see the results of the work you helped make possible. Without the generosity of people like you, Greenbelt Alliance simply would not be able to be the leader we are.2016 Annual Report
Featured In 2016
“The efforts to protect these magnificent places are often driven by the people who are closest to them, and that’s why the work Greenbelt Alliance has done for the past 59 years is so important. It’s impossible to imagine what the Bay Area would be like without those who started this movement to save our farmland and our hills and all the members and volunteers who continue to do their part.”
-Senator Barbara Boxer, CA 1993-2017
Winning Approval of Good Growth
To ensure that the Bay Area of the future is sustainable and inclusive, we need more people saying “yes” to the right development in the right places. That’s where Greenbelt Alliance’s Endorsement Program comes in. Since the 1980s, we have endorsed new homes and neighborhood projects and plans that enhance residents’ quality of life—without sprawling into the Bay Area greenbelt. Together, the plans we endorsed in 2016 include over 6,700 new homes near transit and downtowns—not on our greenbelt—which is more than the total number of homes in the City of Emeryville. Read More
Choosing Agriculture Over Sprawl
In the last 30 years, the Bay Area has lost 217,000 acres of agricultural land to sprawl development—a total area equivalent to seven San Franciscos. Greenbelt Alliance is providing creative solutions to stop sprawl from consuming our local farms and ranches. In 2016, we wrote HomeGrown: Tools for Local Farms and Ranches, which is a call to action for local decision-makers to support local agriculture. Many decision-makers are now stepping up to protect farms and ranches. Two standout decisions came from the Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCos) in Contra Costa County and Santa Clara County. Read More
Ballot Wins Across the Bay Area
While at the national level the 2016 election created uncertainty and anxiety, here in the Bay Area we have a lot to celebrate. Our local ballot measure results proved that voters want our communities to be environmentally sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive. See all of the results here and read about the Greenbelt Alliance-led Measure K win in Sonoma County which tripled the amount of land protected as “community separators” in Sonoma County. Now, 53,576 acres of the county’s rich agricultural land and beautiful landscape will be protected from sprawl and subdivision for another two decades. Read More
Past Annual Reports
Contact Chief Financial Officer & Director of Administration Ed Lee with questions.