Seventeen years ago, I came to the San Francisco Bay Area with a passion for places—natural landscapes, farms and ranches, and cities and towns. I also had a passion for public policy and a firm belief that policies, plans, and funding decisions—when done right—can ensure we treat the places we live, work, and play in ways that create a sustainable, equitable, and thriving metropolitan region of which everyone can be proud. When… Read More
The Bay Area greenbelt is full of green infrastructure, natural systems that help make our cities and towns more resilient to the effects of climate change.
As leaders of the Bay Area’s business and environmental communities, we urge the leaders of Mountain View to fully embrace the 9,850-home vision of the North Bayshore Precise Plan with the flexibility necessary to make a complete neighborhood a reality.
With the release of At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt, Greenbelt Alliance took a comprehensive look at one of these challenges—what will happen to the Bay Area’s iconic farms, ranches, and natural landscapes if we as a region get growth wrong.
It is the kind of work we do at Greenbelt Alliance that will show our nation and the world that—despite the rhetoric out of Washington—the communities we live, work, and play in can be environmentally sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive.
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.
It is rare for any of us to get a chance to take a break to relax, refresh, and re-energize. But over the last three months, I got the chance to do just that due to an award for the O2 Initiatives program. Each year, O2 Initiatives provides a very select handful of nonprofit organizations with funding to allow the organization’s executive leader to take a three-month sabbatical while other key staff… Read More
Yesterday at polling places throughout the region, Bay Area residents continued 2014’s trend of voting for open space conservation and smart growth. Greenbelt Alliance endorsed positions on several ballot measures, and we won on all of them! These essential measures will make the Bay Area a better place to live, so thank you to everyone who voted.
Smart growth can make our region more climate-friendly, affordable, and economically competitive, while protecting our farms, forests, and watersheds.
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.