What more can be said about the year 2020: record-breaking, unprecedented, simultaneous trials and tribulations coupled with progress and hope like we have not seen. At Greenbelt Alliance, 2020 was a year of reimagining what’s possible and charting a new course, welcoming new team members, and strengthening our commitment to the resilience of Bay Area
WHY GREENBELT ALLIANCE
The Bay Area has a major problem: we aren’t ready for climate change. So Greenbelt Alliance is rising to the challenge by educating people, advocating for bold change, and collaborating to address the climate crisis.
Over Greenbelt Alliance’s 60-year history, we have stewarded this region’s beautiful natural landscapes while promoting the growth needed for thriving communities for generations to come. As a result, today, almost 3.3 million acres of the Bay Area’s nine counties are protected open spaces.
Today, we are leveraging our expertise in land-use policy advocacy and regional collaboration to realize a climate-resilient Bay Area. To us, this looks like communities and people thriving in the places they live, work, and play. Staying safe during climate disasters. Connecting with open spaces in new and powerful ways. Suffering less and recovering quickly after the next wildfire, flood, or drought. All thanks to equitable solutions drawing on the powerful role of nature.
The path toward this future is complex and more urgent than ever. At Greenbelt Alliance, we focus on data-driven and innovative policy solutions fostering much-needed regional collaboration to plan and invest in resilient communities.
Why we do what we do
At Greenbelt Alliance, we believe that local and regional policy decisions must prioritize attention, sustained resources, and solutions for the Bay Area’s low-income communities of color most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. These are also communities that have traditionally been excluded––deliberately––from large scale investment and planning decision-making.
We believe that advancing equitable climate resilience is part of advancing our society’s call for racial justice. Which is why Greenbelt Alliance is increasing our focus on ensuring our most vulnerable communities are centered in regional and local efforts to build climate resilience. We will drive our climate advocacy placing equity and anti-racism front and center.
Just as Greenbelt Alliance works to create a better Bay Area, we also strive to better ourselves as an organization. To guide that continued improvement, our staff and Board of Directors have identified and adopted the following values. They reflect who we are as an organization, what we foster in our team members, and the internal standard we use to measure our work.
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On Thursday, February 6, 2020, the Caltrain Board of Directors unanimously approved a highly anticipated policy requiring at least 30% of homes built on Caltrain land—not used for railroad operations or improvements—to be affordable. It also mandates that housing developments must be built at a minimum density level of 4 stories at 50 units per
Update: On September 8, the Bishop Ranch CityWalk Master Plan appeal was denied and the San Ramon City Council approved the project. We are thrilled that the Master Plan is moving forward—providing 4,500 (675 affordable) new homes to the Bay Area! Greenbelt Alliance is pleased to endorse the CityWalk Bishop Ranch Mixed-Use Master Plan in