Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Communities
The Bay Area Alliance is committed to improving the Bay Area's long-term
economic competitiveness and quality of life by integrating action
in the three major areas: economy, environment, and social equity.
Through innovative thinking and e-vision, a balanced, inclusive,
collaborative approach, the BAA strives to sustain the region's environment
and economy in a way that ensures equity for all residents.
Region Served: The Bay Area region's nine counties:
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa
Clara, Solano and Sonoma
Size of Region: Total area: 8,192 square miles
Strategic Partners: Bank of America, California
2000 Project, California Policy Reform Network, Columbia Foundation,
Community Foundation - Silicon Valley, David and Lucile Packard Foundation,
East Bay Community Foundation, GAP Inc., Haas Foundation, William
and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Marin
Community Foundation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Peninsula
Community Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, U.S. Environmental
The Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Communities is committed to
preserving the region as a place where all people have the opportunity
to live in adequate housing in healthy neighborhoods, and earn decent,
The BAA has formulated several projects to ensure sustainability,
such as the Compact for a Sustainable Bay Area: a process and framework
document for a broad-based discussion with Commitments to Action
as to how the Bay Area can grow in a more sustainable manner, and
the Regional Livability Footprint: a process to achieve consensus
for an alternative preferred land use pattern. The Community Capital
Investment Initiative and the Bay Area Family of Funds is a project
designed to mobilize leadership and capital investment in keystone
projects in targeted low-income neighborhoods.
The overall goal is to reach a regional consensus among a critical
mass of stakeholder organizations and civic leaders for a new shared
vision, through development and adoption of a compact that can become
the foundation for implementation actions, by both the public and
private sectors at the local, regional, state and national levels.
Through the unique membership, including leaders
from social equity groups, the business community, environmental organizations,
local government and regional agencies, the Bay Area Alliance is in
a position to tackle challenges to social justice and implement actions
that result in a more sustainable region.