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

Mixed Election Results Tell Us It’s Time to Get Creative

March 2020 Mixed Election Results

Here at Greenbelt Alliance, election day is always hotly anticipated, even when it is not a presidential primary. We’ve been working on local land-use ballot measures since the 1960s and have seen great success (and a few heartbreaking losses) in locking in Urban Growth Boundaries around our cities, stopping sprawl development from taking over precious natural and working lands, and securing much-needed funding for permanent protection of open space, increased public transportation… Read More

What Are Urban Growth Boundaries and Why Do We Need Them?

An urban growth boundary (UGB) separates urban areas from the surrounding natural and agricultural lands, or greenbelts. It puts a limit on city expansion.

Climate-Smart Solutions for Solano County

Solano County View of Mt Diablo

With the arrival of our newest staff member Kevin Riley, Greenbelt Alliance is excited to continue our work in Solano County, one of the largest jurisdictions across the Bay Area. Since 2017, we’ve been using our downtown Fairfield office to work closely with our Solano County partners. This work includes continuing to build on the educational outreach for both local residents and their elected leaders and incorporating powerful messages around the importance of… Read More

Adapting to a Changing Climate

Adapting-to-a-Changing-Climate-Amanda-Brown-Stevens-and-Laurie-Johnson-2020

On January 30, 2020, Greenbelt Alliance held a special reception and fireside chat to discuss the future of the Bay Area in a changing climate. We’re working to solve some of the region’s most pressing challenges, including local solutions for sea level rise, wildfire, drought, and flood protection, as well as how the Bay Area can embrace climate-smart growth. Executive Director Amanda Brown-Stevens sat down with Laurie Johnson—an internationally-recognized urban planner specializing… Read More

Historic Deal Permanently Protects Land in Coyote Valley

Coyote Valley San Jose Deal

As San Jose’s last great open space and best asset in adapting to climate change, Greenbelt Alliance and our partners have worked together for decades to protect Coyote Valley from sprawl development.

Greenbelt Alliance Gala Gathers Local Leaders & Philanthropists Fighting Climate Change

Jake Mackenzie and Amanda Brown-Stevens

SAN FRANCISCO —On Thursday, October 24, 2019, 225 guests from around the Bay Area gathered for Savor the Greenbelt, the annual fundraising gala of Greenbelt Alliance. The organization’s supporters celebrated Greenbelt Alliance at the world-renowned Fairmont San Francisco. Bay Area philanthropists, elected officials, and thought leaders were in attendance to honor and support Greenbelt Alliance’s work to preserve open space, safeguard the region’s farms and ranches, and advance smart growth solutions across… Read More

Championing the Bay Area with True Highlander Spirit

Jake and Barbara Mackenzie Sonoma County

Jake is known in the North Bay and beyond as a steward of smart city planning and a voice many seek when it comes to local and regional government. And we could not be prouder to honor him with this year’s Greenbelt Alliance Champion Award.

Brentwood Says No to Sprawl by Voting No on Measure L

U-Pick orchards are emblematic of Brentwood's agricultural history

Brentwood residents stood up against sprawl development by voting no on Measure L. This is a win for the East Bay’s natural and agricultural lands as well as for climate-smart cities. Measure L would have broken the city’s voter-approved Urban Limit Line that provides a clear boundary for major development.

Farms & Ranches Forever Fest 2019

Donors and friends of Greenbelt Alliance experienced the Bay Area’s agriculture in downtown San Francisco on Thursday, May 16. Our annual happy hour featured local farms and ranches and their products, including wines and tastings from our lead sponsor McEvoy Ranch. Together we raised over $50,000 to protect and support local agriculture.