Program: Advocacy for Transformational Funding and Policies
The goal of TOGETHER’s Advocacy Program is to secure public funding and advance policy that supports TOGETHER Bay Area’s mission by harnessing the collective power of our members.
Our current Policy Priorities identify the specific issues and goals we are focused on. The Policy Priorities are developed annually with leadership from our Policy Committee and Board of Directors, and with input from our members.
Our members, through our Policy Committee, actively participate in and contribute to TOGETHER Bay Area’s Advocacy Program. The Committee ensures that the Advocacy Program’s goals and activities remain aligned with our mission and values. The Committee helps us advocate effectively towards our policy priorities, and does so through values-driven, collaborative, inclusive participation of our coalition’s members. TOGETHER Bay Area encourages individuals from a variety of member organizations and with various levels of policy expertise to participate in the Policy Committee – it is an active learning, listening, and sharing space.
Reports and Resources
Advancing California’s 30×30 goal and other state plans
Check out a searchable interactive map of 110+ projects that can help advance one or more of the three objectives: biodiversity, climate resilience, and equitable access. You can search by Native territory, legislative district, or county. You can search by the three Pathways objectives. And you can click on each project to learn more about it. You’ll see that TOGETHER Bay Area members are doing really important and innovative work.
Bay Area Green Stimulus Opportunities
TOGETHER Bay Area members were surveyed in April 2020 and the results revealed that with investment from the State, our members could create at least 10,500 new jobs with more than 620 projects throughout the 10 counties that would in turn directly or indirectly serve all 7.7 million residents.
Conservation Lands Network
The Conservation Lands Network (CLN) is a regional conservation strategy for the San Francisco Bay Area, with a bold but achievable goal of conserving 50% of the Bay Area’s ecosystems by 2050 and a science-based pathway for achieving it. It features decision making tools that support strategic investments in land protection and stewardship.
Watch webinars we’ve hosted about policy issues, and check out our YouTube channel for more webinars.
In 2022 we are launching a project called “Connecting Urban Biodiversity” that incorporates community science and iNaturalist, conservation science and the Conservation Lands Network, equity and disadvantaged communities, and urban creeks and watersheds. The project is a collaboration between TOGETHER Bay Area and the California Academy of Sciences, with funding from the State Coastal Conservancy.