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Bay Smart Communities

We promote urban planning and development policies that benefit San Francisco Bay and our region's future.

Bay Smart Communities Hero Image

Bay Smart Communities

We promote urban planning and development policies that benefit San Francisco Bay and our region's future.

Sustainable Development For The Bay And Bay Area

To protect the Bay and our region’s most vulnerable residents in these uncertain times, we need a broad coalition of interests advocating for smart, sustainable, and equitable development practices; we need Bay Smart Communities. We are promoting ecologically sound and equitable policies to ensure that the Bay Area’s growth benefits the Bay and builds broad and deep support for it among the region’s many diverse communities, with special care to engage those who have suffered environmental injustice.

Pillars of a Bay Smart Community:

  • Affordable Housing: Prevent displacement and enable access to the Bay shoreline.
  • Sustainable Transportation: Invest in bicycle, pedestrian, and public transit infrastructure to reduce roadway runoff, greenhouse gases, and particulate emissions.
  • Clean Water: Protect waterways and enhance freshwater resources through green stormwater infrastructure, urban canopy, and sustainable landscaping practices.
  • Just & Equitable: Promote environmental justice and facilitate equitable and inclusive infrastructure planning.

DID YOU KNOW: May is Affordable Housing Month

The Bay Area has the highest housing costs in the nation and this crisis is one we can't ignore. Our Bay Smart Communities initiative aims to:

PROTECT tenants from displacement
PRODUCE more housing, with a focus on permanently affordable homes
PRESERVE the existing stock of affordable housing

See what events are happening this month and be the voice the Bay needs in your community.