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The Bay Area Greenprint Has Launched

July 12, 2017


Have you ever wanted a mapping tool that shows the Bay Area’s natural and agricultural resources for your area of interest and distills that huge amount of information into an easy-to-interpret report? And that provides a more complete understanding of the costs and tradeoffs of developing the region’s natural and working lands?

Now that tool exists. After over two years of collaboration with experts and practitioners, a partnership of The Nature Conservancy, American Farmland TrustGreenbelt Alliance, the Bay Area Open Space Council, and GreenInfo Network released the Bay Area Greenprint on June 21, 2017 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. This project was made possible by a grant from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation with the goal of integrating conservation into land use and infrastructure agency planning.


Photo: Alec MacDonald, Bay Area Monitor

90 people from across the Bay Area’s planning and infrastructure agencies, environmental and conservation organizations, planning consultants, and academia convened to learn about how the Greenprint helps regional planning and policymaking efforts. Attendees heard from speakers and panelists who were enthusiastic about how the Greenprint helps to achieve efficiencies in planning and development, facilitate better informed decisions, effectively influence policies, and illustrate the case for conservation in support of the Bay Area’s vibrant environment, economy, and regional character.

Here is the list of speaker and panelists and workshops offered at the Bay Area Greenprint Launch Event, as well as their presentations:

Welcome speaker


Introduction to and Demonstration of the Bay Area Greenprint

The Bay Area Greenprint Team speakers were:


Bay Area Greenprint Launch and Workshop from OpenSpaceCouncil


Panel discussion: Bay Area Greenprint in Action Across the Region

The panelists were:


These leaders spoke about how they envisioned the tool as a badly needed one-stop shop for conservation data and reporting in the region, filling information gaps in local and regional land use decision-making.

Attendees got to test-drive this first-of-its kind tool in a series of hands-on workshops tailored to attendees’ types of work. They participated in demonstrations that illustrated how the Greenprint synthesizes the region’s most current natural resource and working lands data into a layered “web map”, making it easier than ever for practitioners and planners to make sound conservation decisions early on in their local and regional planning processes.

Here are the presentations from the workshops:


Infrastructure Use Case: Water & Transportation from OpenSpaceCouncil



Land Use: General Plans, Boundaries, and Community Separators from OpenSpaceCouncil



Natural Resources, Climate Change, and Policy Workshop from OpenSpaceCouncil



Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs) from OpenSpaceCouncil


The Bay Area Greenprint is a powerful and unique tool not only because of the sheer number of datasets it draws from and the high level of interpretation of those data. But also because it was designed to aid in the implementation of the Bay Area’s many local and regional growth policies and programs that call for limiting impacts to the region’s irreplaceable natural and agricultural resources.

It answers questions such as:


The Bay Area Greenprint team plans to visit organizations in the upcoming months to further help practitioners and planners understand how to apply this tool in their work. They are hosting two webinars this summer to that end as well. The team will work with agencies such as the Association of Bay Area Governments to integrate the tool into programs and policies across the region.


Check out a snapshot of what people were saying on social media at #BAGreenprint during the event: