Alameda County Advocates Preserving At Risk Wetlands

Greenbelt Alliance’s signature At Risk is the definitive research on the Bay Area’s farms, ranches, and natural areas at risk of being lost forever to sprawl development. In an effort to bring these lands to the public view, we have real life stories told by the dedicated local residents who fight to keep them free from sprawl.

At Risk 2017: Values of At Risk Lands

When considering the significant impact that development has to open spaces and agricultural lands, we must consider the values these lands provide to the Bay Area.

Jeremy Madsen on Smart Land-Use Policies to Benefit Water Resources

CEO Jeremy Madsen spoke about San Mateo County’s water supply and how to sustain it over time in a panel discussion with experts. Learn more here.

2016 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

California’s 2016 legislative session ended on September 30th with many successes for Greenbelt Alliance’s endorsements, but also with some disappointments. Here’s an overview: Signed Into Law AB 2031 (Bonta) allows cities to issue bonds for construction of new affordable homes based on the revenue stream of “boomerang funds,” which are funds received by cities and counties after the dissolution of redevelopment. This allows cities to build more homes faster to address the… Read More

What Is A Greenbelt?

Contra Costa County hills

Those of us who live in the Bay Area are lucky to have access to a 3.6 million-acre greenbelt that provides us with fresh food, clean air, and great places to hike. Greenbelt Alliance works to protect these lands from unsustainable sprawl development. But exactly what is a greenbelt?

What Is Smart Growth?

Photo: Clint Sharp via Flickr

Smart growth can make our region more climate-friendly, affordable, and economically competitive, while protecting our farms, forests, and watersheds.

Being Smarter About Land Use Can Help Fight Against Drought

By now, you would have to have been living under a very dry rock to not know the things we should all be doing to save water — let your lawn go brown, wash your car less, take fewer and shorter showers, flush less if you dare. But there is one thing that cities and counties across the Bay Area and around California can do to save water that has not gotten a lot of attention–be smart about land use. For three reasons, smart decisions about how communities grow and develop are also smart water decisions.

Sunnyvale’s Plan for El Camino Real

This summer, the City of Sunnyvale kicked off its El Camino Real Corridor Plan update, an opportunity to improve upon an award-winning plan and to create a more vibrant neighborhood along the corridor.

Plan Bay Area: A Smart Investment for Our Future

Photo: David Yu via Flickr

Randal O’Toole—a Cato Institute fellow and avowed opponent of smart growth—recently wrote a diatribe against Plan Bay Area in Forbes. O’Toole wants to impose his growth vision on our region, which calls for opening the floodgates for sprawl development on natural and agricultural lands. Here’s our response.

Three of the Coolest Women in Sunnyvale

The women of Sunnyvale Cool (from left to right: Margaret, Barbara, and Janani)

Profound change often comes at the hands of volunteers. In Sunnyvale, the historic block of Murphy Avenue by the Caltrain station remains a charming, bustling shopping and dining district due to the tireless efforts of one such woman, Ann Hines. Today, her legacy lives on through a committed group of environmental advocates who call themselves Sunnyvale Cool.