Outings Leader Spotlight: Nancy Topp

From supporter to volunteer to staff member, Greenbelt Alliance’s own Nancy Topp has devoted her passion and talent to a breadth of Greenbelt Alliance programs.

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.

Meet Nancy Fleming, Climate Rider

Photo: Kip Pierson ©

Nancy just completed her third consecutive Climate Ride, biking down the Northern California coast to raise money for Greenbelt Alliance. Thank you, Nancy!

When David Met Serena

Photo: David Schooley

Sometimes you just have to step away from the computer screen and get outside to find the love of your life. That’s how David and Serena did it. The following is a Greenbelt Alliance love story…

The Man Behind the Maps

Even if you are a longtime supporter of Greenbelt Alliance, a name you might not be familiar with is Adam Garcia. Adam is Greenbelt Alliance’s mad scientist, our policy researcher. Today, Adam is working to improve the Bay Area Priority Conservation Area program.

Her Rural Majesty: Julie’s Story

Julie and her husband fell in love with Sonoma County, so they found a place to call home in Asti. When neighboring Cloverdale was looking to sprawl out beyond its urban growth boundary, Julie teamed up with Greenbelt Alliance and our local partners to fight the expansion.

Local Farms on the Edge

The Bay Area loves chowing down on local food. Yet pressure to pave over our farms and ranches—a huge part of the greenbelt—still exists, especially in Brentwood, east Contra Costa County’s agricultural gem.

What’s Cookin’ in Oakland

Oakland’s Broadway Valdez District will be an exciting part of the city’s future. We can get a glimpse of what the future holds by looking in on things like Kitchener Oakland—a commercial kitchen with a community conscience.

Why Polly Lives Near Public Transit

Polly Amrein doesn’t always stand up to speak at public meetings. But she did in May.