Our Commitment to Advancing Racial, Social & Climate Justice

black lives matter

We are witnessing horrific acts of senseless murders, police brutality, and racial injustice against Black people in America. Greenbelt Alliance acknowledges the heart-wrenching pain and outrage. We stand in solidarity with the Black community in the fight for lasting change to cease this country’s perpetual systemic racism, violence, and injustices. My colleagues at Greenbelt Alliance and I have been reflecting on the underlying systems that perpetuate racism—in particular in our own fields… Read More

Climate Smart Steps for Bay Area Cities

climate SMART steps

In the past few years, there has been a change in our understanding of the need for climate protection and equity, alongside widespread awareness of rapidly increasing economic inequality. This new understanding and awareness also include recognition of the growing threat of natural resource scarcity and depletion, influenced by the climate crisis and driven by natural limits alongside a growing population. One of the most important ways to make an impact on… Read More

Affordable Housing Month Debrief

affordable housing month

Last month, Greenbelt Alliance was proud to collaborate with local partner organizations Livable Sunnyvale and the Santa Clara Community Advocates to host educational webinars as part of Affordable Housing Month. The topics covered, “Building Equitable and Resilient Climate Communities” and “Why is El Camino Real Good for Affordable Housing” drew nearly a hundred attendees, many of them local residents motivated to engage in dialogue around what it takes to secure an environmentally… Read More

Wildfire & Greenbelts: Saving Sonoma County

wildfire and greenbelts

Thanks to all of you who joined our most recent webinar highlighting the role that greenbelts and smart growth played in the Kincade Fire. We learned so much from our guests, Town of Windsor Councilperson Deb Fudge and Deputy Fire Chief Matt Gustafson of the Sonoma County Fire Protection District. We don’t want you to miss any of this important content so we put together a summary of the conversation and even… Read More

Rewriting a ‘New Normal’ in Our Response to Climate Change

trail mount tamalpais

So many things in life go through stages. Phases of the moon and changes of the seasons. The pre-during-aftermath of a disaster like a wildfire. We even see coronavirus evolving, mutating like most viruses do.  With respect to our global pandemic, at present I find myself somewhere in between the stages of acceptance of what is happening and attention to what is next. We have critical choices to make. Already we know… Read More

The Value of Public Space

Public Space COVID-19

Thanks to those of you who joined our webinar where we discussed The Value of Public Space with our guest Ghigo DiTommaso from Gehl. In our thirty minutes together, we explored how our relationship to public space has changed due to COVID-19 and how we can use these observations to build a more equitable future. Watch a recording of the webinar here. For those of you who were not able to join,… Read More

Climate & Wildfire Resiliency Update

Sonoma Climate and Wildfire Resiliency Update

As we face another dry winter and a long wildfire season ahead, Greenbelt Alliance is delving deeper into the ways that we can help our growing communities become more climate and wildfire resistant.  Greenbelt Alliance has been advocating for climate-healthy growth within existing cities and towns and the protection of our greenbelts for decades. We are now entering an era when the climate crisis makes this solution a matter of life and… Read More

Fighting the Invisible War

Iron Horse Trail

As the clock chimed twelve times at midnight, we had joyfully celebrated our 2020 New Year. Who would’ve thought then that we would be spending weeks indoors with a viral threat that could crumble the world economy?  Now, we practice social distancing for our loved ones, our communities, and our nation. We take this seriously because we understand that we each play a critical role in the fight against this “invisible” war. … Read More

No Turning Back Now: Increased Regional Coordination in a Post COVID-19 World

The Bay Area prides itself on being at the forefront of innovative policies to foster healthy communities and the current COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. On March 16th, six county health officials made the groundbreaking and life-saving, yet difficult decision to enact a shelter in place ordinance. Within days the rest of the state followed suit and since then, the rest of the nation has moved in that direction. This unprecedented level… Read More

How Public Participation in Local Government Should Change Forever

This unprecedented global pandemic is touching all aspects of our lives. We are observing from home as health care workers are endangered, friends fall ill, and whole sectors of the economy are shut down, with devastating job loss. We also see our local and state elected leaders here in California making critical decisions much more quickly than our political system is used to in order to protect millions of people. These local… Read More