Greenbelt Alliance


Mission Statement

Greenbelt Alliance addresses a single challenge: how the Bay Area handles growth. We shape the rules that govern growth to protect the region’s open spaces and to ensure neighborhoods within our cities and towns are amazing places for everyone.


We envision a Bay Area where the natural and agricultural lands that provide so much to our region are protected and where everyone can live in a thriving neighborhood that they are proud to call home. For more than 60 years, we have shaped the amazing places of the Bay Area. Read more about our history and watch below to see how we’re shaping how the Bay Area grows.
We advocate for, provide expertise on, and build support behind public policy and planning that supports open space conservation and smart growth. We defend the Bay Area’s natural and agricultural landscape from development—from the natural lands that shelter wildlife and provide fresh water to the farms and ranches that give us local food. And we shape the rules that make great cities, towns, and neighborhoods—healthy places where people can walk and bike, communities with businesses, parks, shops, transportation options, and homes that are affordable. Together these amazing places drive the Bay Area’s economic vitality and quality of life.
Greenbelt Alliance is the only Bay Area organization that holistically addresses land-use issues across our region—from land conservation to smart growth development.
We bring together the community, decision-makers, business leaders, labor unions, and organizations to find innovative solutions to our region’s growth challenges. We work both regionally and locally, blending high-level policy expertise with tangible, meaningful action in our cities and towns.
The places that make the Bay Area special are incredibly diverse, which is why Greenbelt Alliance’s work ranges from saving farms in Santa Clara County and wildlife habitat in Sonoma County to revitalizing commercial strips in Silicon Valley and Oakland.

Program Details

We work for a Bay Area where natural and agricultural lands are protected and where everyone can live in a thriving neighborhood that they are proud to call home. Check out our success stories.
Our four core initiatives include the following:
  1. Climate Change: Here in the Bay Area, we have the power to create the kinds of communities we want to see. And in doing so, we can be a beacon of light for the nation and the world. Greenbelt Alliance shapes how the Bay Area grows in order to make where we live a model of sustainability, prosperity, and inclusiveness. Our local work is combating climate change and water scarcity and creating inclusive communities in a growing economy.
  2. Homes & Neighborhoods: The Bay Area is among the nation’s most desirable places to live and work. It is projected that by 2040 our region will have 2 million more residents than it does today. That’s the equivalent of adding two cities the size of San Jose to the region. If growth is handled badly it will consume the Bay Area’s iconic greenbelt of farms, ranches, and natural areas.
  3. Natural Landscapes: From our famous redwood forests, to oak-studded hills, to the Pacific Coast, the San Francisco Bay Area is unique among American metropolises in the stunning beauty of its natural landscapes. Our natural areas support our health and quality of life by giving us the opportunity to get outside and be active. They contribute to clean air and water and help our region be resilient to disaster threats like flooding and landslides that will be on the rise as the climate changes. Our natural landscapes define the identity of the Bay Area and are magnets for the innovators that drive the region’s economy. Today the Bay Area’s natural landscapes are in jeopardy.
  4. Farms & Ranches Forever: Farms and ranches make up 64% of our region’s 3.6 million acre greenbelt—making our region a local food hotbed. Our world-class wines, farmers markets, u-pick farms, and local cuisine help to make the Bay Area the amazing place it is. The motivations for eating locally are diverse—from taste, to health, to the environment. But there is one common fact about everyone in the Bay Area that craves local food—we rely on the farms and ranches of our region to give us what we love.
Learn more about the specific projects and campaigns we are working at throughout the Bay Area by visiting our website at
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Secondary Issue
312 Sutter Street, Suite 510
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States
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