Since 1989, we’ve taken stock of the Bay Area’s open space protection accomplishments and what’s left to do in our signature report, At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt. This report is the definitive research on the farms, ranches, and natural areas at risk of being lost forever to sprawl development. Read more.
We’re producing original research that will guide regional conservation and land-use advocacy, that will in turn create policies that incorporate climate risks and adaptation measures, while avoiding development in high-risk areas.
Educate the Bay Area on its unique “resilience hotspots” capable of providing maximum climate resilience benefits. These hotspots are areas that are already at the greatest risk of climate hazards. They’re also areas that provide opportunities to both increase equitable access to green spaces and harness nature-based solutions that help our most vulnerable communities prepare for, and respond to, climate change. Coyote Valley, 7,400 acres of greenbelt lands between San Jose and Morgan Hill, is a prime example of a resilience hotspot. We’ve been fighting for decades to protect this area’s critical natural resources, which we identified in our signature At Risk report as a place in severe danger of being developed.
Advocate for equitable conservation and land-use policy solutions that prioritize areas of greatest resilience benefits. For years we have advocated for the establishment and protection of Sonoma County’s Community Separators—the greenbelt lands between the county’s cities and towns. In 2016, we celebrated a major win when over 80% of voters passed Measure K, renewing voter protections for community separators for another 20 years.
Collaborate with frontline communities most vulnerable to climate impacts throughout the region to develop policy implementation recommendations and, together with regional experts, heighten coordination among public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community members. We did this when we partnered with Resilient by Design, an exciting year-long project that drew attention to climate impacts, especially sea level rise, and resulted in potential responses for areas around the region. We coordinated regional tours and worked with one of the project’s teams, Team Common Ground, on a design study of the San Pablo Baylands and the Highway 37 corridor.
Reports & Research
The Bay Area is at a tipping point in its relationship to wildfire. There is huge potential for the region, and other places across the Western US, to accelerate greenbelts as critical land-use tools to bolster wildfire resilience.