Questions About Our Work
Greenbelt is a term used in land-use planning which refers to areas of largely undeveloped, wild, or farm and ranch land surrounding or neighboring urban areas. Cities around the world have intentionally protected their greenbelts to ensure a healthy environment and to give residents access to all of the benefits this land brings—including fresh food, recreation, carbon sequestration, etc. The Bay Area’s greenbelt is approximately 3.6 million acres of land outside of cities and towns in our nine counties. This map shows urban land (gray) and greenbelt land (green) in our region.
Read an in-depth description here: What is a greenbelt?
We shape the rules that govern growth around the San Francisco Bay Area so that the right development happens in the right places.
We shape the rules that govern growth by advocating for, providing expertise on, and building support behind public policy and planning which promote conservation and smart growth. Read more about our current campaigns in the Our Work section of the website.
No. We promote good land-use decisions by shaping the policies and plans of counties, cities, and towns. For information on donating land or selling conservation easements, contact your local land trust.
Greenbelt Alliance focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area. However, our experts speak on land-use issues at conferences around the country and many of our policy reports and organizing tools are used by groups nationwide. Check out our research page to find the latest resources for smart growth and conservation activists. Browse our staff directory for speakers on issues that are important to your organization.
Yes! We offer volunteer internship opportunities which we post here when available.
Yes! Greenbelt Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization and gifts are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our tax I.D. # is 94-1676747.
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