Green Your City’s Blueprint: Creating a Climate-smart City Plan

There are many steps you can take each day to lighten your impact on our planet. Recycling, shopping with canvas bags, using energy-efficient appliances, and more add up to make a difference. But fighting climate change takes more than individual action; we need our communities to consciously consider their effect on the climate too.

An actionable step cities can take is to create a climate-smart city plan. So help you navigate the jargon-filled city and land-use planning world, we’ve created the Green Your City’s Blueprint guide, outlining everything for you in a way that’s much easier to understand. Green Your City’s Blueprint is an accessible and clear guide to help you do your part. So dive in! With this toolkit, you will be able to jump into the planning process and play a vital role in making your city’s General Plan truly climate-friendly.

How do we become a more climate-smart Bay Area? The answer is a fresh approach to planning our cities.


Green Your City’s Blueprint will teach you how.

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Latino Service Providers is a Greenbelt Alliance partner and we are honored to spotlight the women-led organization with a special interview this Women’s History Month. Alayza Cervantes found her passion to serve the Latino community while studying psychology and Chicano Studies at UC Davis. Born in Sonoma County as a first generation Mexican American, she

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What’s a General Plan & How Can It Impact Our Climate?

There’s no better way to get involved in making your city truly climate-friendly than influencing its General Plan. You’re probably asking yourself, “what is a General Plan?” Before you can jump in and inspire a fresh new approach to city planning, let’s cover the basics. What’s the Plan? Fundamentally, a General Plan must organize information

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Land-use Map: A Tool to Fight Climate Change

A city’s General Plan is made up of goals, policies, and elements. However, these plans must also contain a land-use map. This is exactly what it sounds like, a map that outlines how land within a city’s borders can be used—open space, industrial, residential, commercial, mixed-use, etc.  Getting the land-use map right is probably the

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The Critical Role of Greenbelts in Wildfire Resilience

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At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt 2017

Over six years, we cut the region’s land at risk of development by 20%. But in the hottest housing market in decades, are the Bay Area’s growth policies and plans still stopping sprawl? We have the answer.

Questions about the Green Your City’s Blueprint guide or want to get in touch to find out more about how you can get involved in your city’s General Plan? Contact us today!

Photos: Francisco Delgado (top) & Charles Magnuson (bottom) via Unsplash

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