Accelerating Climate Resilience

Forwarding Policies that Build Climate Resilience Now

The Challenge: The Bay Area is vulnerable to climate change, and our low income and communities of color are disproportionately impacted. Many communities just don’t have the resources, staff, funding, or incentives to take action. 
The Solution: Greenbelt Alliance is delivering innovative nature-based policy solutions for how we use our land and grow our cities to be more resilient, living with the power of nature in an equitable way. This is our plan…


We’re developing planning guidance, innovative policy strategies, and key partnerships that will bolster capacity and support local and regional efforts to implement equitable, climate-resilient land-use decisions.


Educate local, regional, and state government leaders on the climate-resilient land-use policies to prioritize, including nature-based solutions to wildfire, flooding, and drought, and prioritizing low-income communities of color who face the most serious impacts of climate change with the fewest means to adapt. For example, we released The Critical Roles of Greenbelts in Wildfire Resilience, a groundbreaking white paper that presents original research and an assessment of case studies that identifies four types of greenbelts that play a role in reducing the loss of lives and homes in extreme wildfire events while increasing overall resilience in communities and across landscapes. We also launched the Resilience Playbook, a guide for accelerating equitable adaptation to the climate crisis in the Bay Area. It offers a holistic approach to advancing solutions that address overlapping environmental, economic, and social challenges. The Playbook brings together curated strategies, recommendations, and tools to support local decision-makers and community leaders wherever they are in their journey.

Advocate for incorporating adaptation measures and innovative policy solutions into ongoing and future planning efforts, and the meaningful involvement of all people in these environmental and land-use decisions. Greenbelt Alliance is in a unique position to activate community members who already have an interest in sustainability, climate change, and environmental justice, around climate-smart housing initiatives. By working together with climate justice leaders, housing advocates and environmentalists side by side, this powerful group of stakeholders can play a transformative role in building the thriving, equitable region we need. We are doing this through our Advocacy Workshop Program, which includes an interactive session where attendees gain a base-line understanding of the local planning processes that address housing and climate needs. We also mobilize community members to take action on local policies—leveraging their voices and voting power to target key decision makers in order to a) approve climate-resilient plans and policies and b) hold elected officials accountable for implementing adopted policies.


Collaborate with various agencies, sectors, jurisdictions, and diverse community-based organizations to unlock regional coordination in planning for climate impacts. We are leading a coalition of grass roots and nonprofit environmental organizations along with leaders in Contra Costa, providing detailed suggestions that reflect our vision for a climate resilient future that should be implemented in the County’s General Plan and Climate Action Plan updates.


Greenbelts & Wildfire Research

We have released original research documenting the role of greenbelts as policy tools for wildfire resilience.

Resilience Playbook

We are creating easy-to-use guidelines documenting climate-resilient land-use policies and template language to build capacity for cities and counties in their local planning.

Innovation in Wildfire Policy

We are conducting policy analysis on best practices and cutting-edge, market-based approaches to unlock bold policy solutions to wildfire mitigation and resilience.

Regional Wildfire Collaboration

We are connecting with stakeholders across the region to discuss coordinated plans to address Bay Area wildfire planning and resilience.

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Zoe Siegel

Remove Newark Area 4 from the Newark Housing Element

Newark has a once in a decade opportunity to make pivotal progress on climate change and fair housing by developing a comprehensive housing strategy that builds housing in existing neighborhoods while  protecting valuable open space along the shoreline as wildlife habitat and a flood buffer to protect the community from sea level rise.  Newark recently

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Let’s Transform a Former Arts College Into Homes

Oakland is amid a severe housing shortage, displacement, and affordability crisis. It is essential that every community do its part to create more well-designed and well-located homes to alleviate our region’s housing shortage. At 5212 Broadway, formerly the California College of the Arts campus, we have an opportunity to create 510 of these new homes that we

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