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.
Measure AA is a $12 annual parcel tax that will invest $500 million over the next 20 years for Bay restoration projects. This tax measure is the first of its kind in California. It pulls together voters from the entire nine-county region in support of restoring wetlands around the iconic San Francisco Bay. Greenbelt Alliance urges everyone in the Bay Area to vote YES on Measure AA.
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.
Yesterday, San Francisco residents overwhelmingly said yes to more affordable homes by voting for Proposition A. Prop A is a $310 million bond for affordable housing that will directly fund building more homes for low-income and middle-class individuals and families.
After nearly 11 years of championing the places that make the Bay Area special at Greenbelt Alliance, Michele Beasley will be leaving the organization to serve as executive director of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation.