Convene, Connect, and Catalyze Action
TOGETHER Bay Area was built to connect, convene, and catalyze action so that we can meet today’s challenges with the energy and innovation for which our region is known. Our Framework for Justice, Equity, and Belonging guides how the Board, staff, and members of TOGETHER Bay Area participate in the organization’s programs such that we center equity, work for justice, and ensure that everyone belongs.
Our two programs
Advocacy for Transformational Funding and Policies
The goal of the Advocacy Program is to harness the collective power of our members to shape and secure transformational public funding and policies that support TOGETHER Bay Area’s mission at the state and federal levels.
Convening a Powerful Coalition
The goal of our Convening Program is to build the relationships that support the environmental and social changes required for resilient lands and people. We also want to increase collaboration and our collective ability to respond to challenges and rise to opportunities.
We are working hand in hand with our members to create a more equitable, resilient San Francisco Bay Area, from the ridgelines to the Bay shoreline. We advocate for social equity, healthy lands – including working lands, public and private lands, and urban and rural lands – and for equitable public access to nature.
Our 2022 Policy Priorities identifies the issues and goals we will focus on in 2022. The 2022 Policy Priorities were developed by 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 members are ready with 110+ projects to advance 30×30 and other state goals
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.
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.
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.
Join us at an upcoming event or watch one of our past events. Participate in a community conversation. Connect, share, learn, coordinate. Our events are made possible by TOGETHER Bay Area’s members.
Part conference, part reunion, part summer camp, the 2022 Spring Together Retreat is your invitation to a multi-day dose of reconnection. We’re intentionally calling it a retreat because we want to create space for reflection and re-imagination, deep thoughts and deep breaths, and ideas and inspiration.
The Spring Together Retreat is a choose-your-own-adventure kind of opportunity across multiple days. Put together the experience you want to have:
- Day 1: Tuesday, May 17 – our kick-off will take place virtually
- Day 2: Wednesday, May 18 – we’ll be live and in person at the Craneway Pavilion, Richmond, CA
- Bonus Days: Thurs / Fri / Sat, May 19-21 – join a small group for one or two optional Field Trips led by our member organizations
Connecting Urban Biodiversity project
In 2022 we are launching an exploration 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.
Some of our latest events are below. All of our past events (and there are many!) can be found on our YouTube channel.
Implementing 30×30 in the Bay Area: Strategies and Resources
Governor Newsom has set a goal to conserve 30% of lands and waters by 2030. The Executive Order includes provisions for economic sustainability, food security, biodiversity, climate resilience, and equitable access to the outdoors. What does all of this mean for the Bay Area? And how can our region collaborate on and fast-track its implementation?
Join us for a conversation with Moira McEnespy, program manager of CA Coastal Conservancy’s Bay Program, and Tom Robinson, project lead for the Conservation Lands Network, to learn about critical success factors for implementing the state’s initiative and reaching our regional goals.
Fall, 2021: Together Tuesdays – Biodiversity, Equity, & Indigenous Leadership
On three Tuesday afternoons in the fall of 2021, we hosted showcases of 16 TOGETHER members’ work plus happy hours.
May 10-13, 2021: Spring Summit – Inter(Action)
We convened a 3-day interactive online conference with 25 speakers, a live DJ, chatrooms, and hundreds of attendees.
October 1-2, 2020: Fall Forum – What Just Happened? What Comes Next?
We convened 7 sessions over two days to reflect on the challenges of 2020, to discuss jobs and wildfire, and to mingle with other attendees.
Since March 2020 we have been facilitating regular conversations with communities of people around the issues they face and the opportunities of the moment. These are open, honest conversations with peers from around the region where we can listen, problem-solve, and support each other.
Some of the community conversations we facilitate include:
- Senior leaders at public land management agencies
- Nonprofit executive directors
- Data about fire on the landscape – See the 2022 Speaker Series
- Stewardship and belonging
- Collecting and gathering permits for Indigenous Peoples
- Communications and public affairs