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Air Quality Human Health



Biodiversity Parks, Open Spaces

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Energy, Climate, Ozone Solid Waste Economic Development Municipal Expenditures
Food and Agriculture Transportation Environmental Justice Public Information
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Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development
    "Convened in March, 1997, the Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development is a multi-stakeholder coalition established to develop and implement an action plan that will lead to a more sustainable Bay Area. An outgrowth of the President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD), it seeks to exemplify the theme in the PCSD report 'Sustainable America -- a New Consensus,' that a sustainable America can only be achieved by creating sustainable communities. The Alliance for Sustainable Development will integrate the perspectives of its members, who represent the public, private, environmental, and social equity sectors, as it builds on work completed by others and considers new action items."

    "BayKeeper's purpose, with its companion project DeltaKeeper, is to protect, preserve and enhance the resources and health of the ecosystems and communities in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Region. It implements this mission through a high visibility, on-the-water grassroots enforcement program that seeks to detect, investigate and deter violations of environmental laws that protect water quality."

The California League of Conservation Voters

    "The California League of Conservation Voters is the nation's largest and oldest state political action committee for the environment. Founded in 1972, the League mobilizes California voters to support environmentally responsible candidates and issues, and serves as a watchdog to hold elected officials accountable to the environmental agenda. The League is a bi-partisan organization supported by 30,000 members, working in coalition with a wide spectrum of environmental and community groups."

The Center for Resource Solutions

    "The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), based in San Francisco, is dedicated to promoting renewable energy and economic and environmental sustainability. CRS administers national and international programs that preserve and protect the environment through the design of sustainable energy strategies and technologies."

City of San Francisco

City of San Francisco -- Department of the Environment
    The Department of the Environment was organized by the City and County of San Francisco in 1997. The City Charter directs it to produce and regularly update an assessment of San Francisco's environmental condition; produce and regularly update plans for the long-term environmental sustainability of San Francisco; conduct public education and outreach to the community on environmental issues; and manage the environmental programs, duties, and functions assigned to it. Current programs include green building and integrated pest management.
    The Commission on the Environment, which sets policy for the department, has the authority to review and make recommendations on any policy proposed for adoption by any City agency regarding conformity with the long-term plan for environmental sustainability (except for those regarding building and land-use) and may investigate and make recommendations to all City agencies related to operations and functions, such as solid waste management, recycling, energy conservation, natural resource conservation, environmental inspections, toxics, urban forestry and natural resources, habitat restoration, and hazardous materials.
    An annual report is available from the department at 415-554-6390.

Environmental Policy Center
    "The EPC is dedicated to, and based upon, the following principles: • that the patterns of our social and economic development must be sustainable; • that such patterns are necessary for enhanced prosperity, environmental quality and public health and safety; and most importantly, • that the power to effect such change lies within our grasp."

Global Cities Online
    "Global Cities Online, a project of the Environmental Policy Center, is an interactive, easy to use website that connects users (subscribing city governments and businesses) to databases of six thousand of the best environmental programs and policies developed and implemented by local governments across the country."
Green City Project
    "Green City Project is dedicated to increasing the compatibility of cities with their local natural systems by providing resources to link individuals and group with each other and community-based ecological activities. Green City is a project of the Planet Drum Foundation, a non-profit ecological education organization that promotes the concepts of bioregions and emphasizes sustainability, community self-determination and regional self-reliance."

Green Design Network
    "The Green Design Network is a resource for all those interested in building and designing a sustainable future. Featuring the Green Building Resource Center, the Network is a tool for finding products, case studies, experts, publications, regional resource directories, web links and more."

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) U.S. Office
    "The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is the international environmental agency for local governments. ... From the ICLEI office in Berkeley, California, the U.S. components of two ICLEI projects are managed:
    "The Cities for Climate Protection Campaign unites and supports local governments, who want to play a key role in directly influencing and controlling many of the activities that affect local air quality and living standards, as well as the global climate. The CCP includes more than 50 U.S. cities and counties that have committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities.
    "The Local Agenda 21 Project in the United States develops and evaluates methods to plan, develop, and manage communities sustainably, encompassing concerns for the environment, the economy and human equity.

The Institute for Sustainable Development
    The Institute for Sustainable Development assists policy makers and managers of natural lands and resources in the application of ecological principles to their strategies for sustainable conservation and development. (P.O. Box 29075, San Francisco, CA 94129-0075 • 415-561-6800 • isd@igc.apc.org)

Resource Renewal Institute
    "The Resource Renewal Institute (RRI) promotes Green Plans as the path to a sustainable environment and economy. Green Plans are dynamic programs by which all elements of society agree on long-term environmental goals and take responsibility for achieving them."

Save San Francisco Bay Association
    "Save San Francisco Bay Association (Save The Bay) was established in 1961 to prevent the filling of San Francisco Bay and to open up the Bay shoreline to public access. Our mission is to preserve, restore, and protect the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta Estuary as a healthy and biologically diverse ecosystem conducive to the well-being of humans and non-human inhabitants of the region. To accomplish this goal, Save The Bay's activities include litigation, regulatory advocacy, input into the drafting of legislation, coalition building, cooperation with other organizations and public education. Save The Bay is a membership-supported non-profit."

Sierra Club San Francisco Group
    "The Sierra Club is a nonprofit member-supported,public interest organization that promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions--legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral.
    The national Sierra Club, founded in 1894, is subdivided into many local chapters. ... The San Francisco Group is one of eight regional groups in the San Francisco Bay Chapter, which is 75 years old this year. ... The Sierra Club covers a broad ranges of environmental issues."

Sustainable Presidio Alliance
    "Five flagship initiatives have emerged that will address global environmental priorities: Research and Policy Studies -- emerging scientific and policy topics of international concern, such as global change; Environmental Technology Demonstration -- a showcase of products and processes that will help us move toward a sustainable future; Environmental Education and Information -- a center for catalyzing public-private efforts to advance environmental education, and a nationally recognized source of credible environmental information; Professional Training -- multidisciplinary courses in environmental policy, management, and applications of sustainable technologies; and Environmental Service -- a bridge between technology and education through community service."

The Natural Step
    "The Natural Step (TNS) is a non-profit environmental education organization working to build an ecologically and economically sustainable society. TNS offers a framework that is based on science and serves as a compass for businesses, communities, academia, government entities and individuals working to redesign their activities to become more sustainable."

Urban Ecology
    "In shaping its Blueprint for a Sustainable Bay Area, Urban Ecology has reached out to hundreds of individuals, representatives of local, regional, state and federal government, the business community and numerous community-based organizations working on scores of related issues. What has resulted is a remarkable effort of collaborative listening, learning and debate."

Urban Resource Systems
    An international non-profit organization that offers professional consultation, planning and direct technical assistance for the development of urban self-reliance strategies worldwide. (783 Buena Vista West, SF, CA 94117 • 415-621-3260)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -- Region 9
    "Region 9 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands subject to U.S. law, and approximately 140 Tribal Nations. We work with state, local, and tribal governments in the region to carry out the nation's environmental laws. Our main office is at 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California, 94105."


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Planet Drum Foundation
    "Planet Drum was founded in 1973 to provide an effective grassroots approach to ecology that emphasizes sustainability, communtiy self-determination and regional self-reliance. In association with community activists and ecologists, Planet Drum developed the concept of a bioregion: a distinct area with coherent and interconnected plant and animal communities, and natural systems, often defined by a watershed. A bioregion is a whole "life-place" with unique requirements for human inhabitation sothat it will not be disrupted and injured. Through its publications, speakers and workshops, Planet Drum helps local organizations and individuals find ways to live within the natural confines of bioregions."

 Air Quality

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Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
    "The Bay Area Air Quality Plan to meet federal mandates was formally adopted in 1982. Recent activities have focused on plan implementation and progress towards attainment of federal air quality standards. The more-recent federal Clean Air Act of 1990 requires revisions to the '82 Plan. ABAG is and will continue to work with BAAQMD and MTC to prepare the updated air quality plans to satisfy federal requirements and get them approved by CARB and EPA."

Bay Area Air Quality Management District
    The BAAQMD (District) is the regional, government agency that regulates sources of air pollution within the nine San Francisco Bay Area Counties.

Spare The Air
    "As a visitor to the Spare the Air website, you can get daily air quality readings specific to your subregion of the Bay Area. You can learn the facts about ozone and find out what you can do to promote better air quality. This site tells you if today or tomorrow is a Spare the Air day. It will even let you to register for Email notification of Spare the Air days."


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Animal Care and Control, City of San Francisco
    "The San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control is responsible for the community's lost, abandoned, injured, and neglected animals. We care for approximately 17,000 animals every year and rely heavily on the time and talents of volunteers to assure the success of our efforts."

Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters (BACH)
    "BACH is a coalition group comprised of concerned individuals as well as members from Bay Area organizations such as the Ecology Center of Berkeley, Earth First, the Rose Foundation, Sierra Club Ancient Forest Committee, and others. It operates through the Ecology Center of Berkeley."

California Native Plant Society
    "The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants, and to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities, education, and conservation."

The Consultative Group on Biological Diversity
    "The Consultative Group on Biological Diversity is a grantmakers forum that seeks to focus attention on issues and program opportunities related to the conservation and restoration of biological resources. Established in 1987, the CGBD is now comprised of 42 foundations and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The CGBD is funded by program grants from its members; it is not a grantmaking organization."

Earth Island Institute
    "Earth Island Institute (EII) was founded in 1982 by David Brower to foster the work of creative individuals by providing organizational support in developing projects for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the global environment. EII provides results-oriented individuals the freedom to develop program ideas, supported by services to help them pursue those ideas, with a minimum of bureaucracy."

The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association
    "The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) strives to protect the resources managed by the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary through collaborative education, outreach, and research. FMSA's goals include: aiding the Sanctuary in its research efforts; increasing public awareness of the Sanctuary and its resources; fostering coordination among agencies and organizations that affect the Sanctuary; developing, in conjunction with the Sanctuary, an exceptional education program."

Forests Forever
    "Our Mission: To protect and enhance the forests and wildlife habitat of California through educational, legislative and electoral activities. Second, our Mission is to recruit, educate and train articulate and effective organizers in the skills needed to convey our position on the state's forests and wildlife habitat to the citizens of California."

Friends of the San Francisco Estuary
    "Friends of the Estuary, a non-profit California corporation, is a coalition of environmentalists, business and industry representatives, state and local government agencies, elected officials and other community members dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary."

The Fund For Animals
    Mails out a California Legislation Action Alert about legislation relating to animals. (Fort Mason Center, SF, CA 94123 • (415) 474-4020 • vhandley@fund.org)

Golden Gate Audubon Society

Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
    "The mission of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory is to study migrating birds of prey along the Pacific coast and to promote public awareness of the state of raptor populations. The GGRO is dedicated to the conservation of raptors and to community involvement in wildlife research. Our studies of the movements of hawks through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area demonstrate that biological boundaries extend far beyond political boundaries. The GGRO is a project of the Golden Gate National Park Association and the National Park Service, and is made up of 250 community volunteers and a small staff."

Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
    "Marine Sanctuaries are like national parks in our oceans, coastal waters, and the Great Lakes. ... Just north of San Francisco, this Sanctuary is 1,235 square miles of nearshore and offshore waters ranging from wetlands and intertidal to pelagic and deep-sea communities. Multiple uses abound, from fishing and sailing to surfing and whale watching. In fact, some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world pass through the Sanctuary into the San Francisco Bay."

    California's political action committee for animals. A nonpartisan, nonprofit political action committee dedicated to the election of humane candidates to state offices since 1980. (P.O. Box 2354, SF, CA 94126 • (510) 222-2236)

Rainforest Action Network
    "Since it was founded in 1985, the Rainforest Action Network has been working to protect tropical rainforests and the human rights of those living in and around those forests. From the beginning, the Network has played a key role in strengthening the worldwide rainforest conservation movement through supporting activists in tropical countries as well as organizing and mobilizing consumers and community action groups throughout the United States. Our first challenge was to bring the plight of the rainforests to public attention through education, communication, and direct action."

San Francisco Bay Seal Project
    The Seal Project, part of Earth Island Institute's International Marine Mammal Project, combines biological research with conservation advocacy to protect the Bay's last resident marine mammal population. The Seal Project's work includes the following: • Regular ground or aerial monitoring of seal activities and numbers at all San Francisco Bay haul-out sites; • Protection of existing Bay haul-out sites from development or other human disturbance; public education on the presence of harbor seals in the Bay and their role in the estuarine ecosystem; and • Ongoing collection of data on the level and significance of environmental contaminants found in resident seals; dissemination of this information among regulatory agencies and non-profit groups advocating a reduction in the discharge of environmental contaminants into the Bay. 300 Broadway, Suite 28, SF, CA 94133 • (415) 788-3666

San Francisco Conservation Corps
    "Corpsmembers come from every neighborhood in San Francisco to learn teamwork and leadership, perform hard work and service, and cultivate self-respect and responsibility. Corpsmembers are young men and women between the ages of 18 - 24 who begin work at 7:30 a.m., rain or shine, to install play structures, restore native plant habitats, reduce lead hazards to children, and maintain landscaping throughout the City.
    The one-year training program builds a mosaic of skills to prepare Corpsmembers for a career and higher education. They graduate confident and job-ready, with a strong work ethic and the potential to be leaders in their community."

 Energy, Climate, Ozone Depletion

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Abalone Alliance
    "The Abalone Alliance has been working since 1977 to promote non-nuclear renewable energy sources in California."

Energy Foundation
    The Energy Foundation is a nonprofit organization which makes grants in energy efficiency and renewable energy to other non profit organizations dealing with policy issues within the United States. The foundation's mission is to assist in the nation's transition to a sustainable energy future by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy.
    The Energy Foundation has a dual character; it functions primarily as a grant-maker, but when it determines there is an unmet need in the field, it may convene workshops, commission papers, or take other direct initiatives. (P.O. Box 29905, San Francisco, CA 94129-0905 • 415 561-6700 • energyfund@ef.org)

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

 Food and Agriculture

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Bay Area Permaculture Guild
    "Permaculture is a practical concept which can be applied in the city, on the farm, and in the wilderness. Its principles empower people to establish highly productive environments providing for food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs, including economic and social infrastructures. ... Originally a contraction of 'permanent agriculture,' Permaculture designs and nurtures agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the stability, diversity, and resilience of natural ecosystems...
    The intention of the Bay Area Permaculture Guild is to disseminate information on the emerging grassroots movement of Permaculture in the San Francisco Bay Area and the surrounding Shasta bioregion."

Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA)
    CUESA is the educational arm of the San Francisco Public Market Collaborative. Its mission is to help the Bay Area's diverse population develop an emotional and spiritual connection and an economic and intellecual commitment ot regional sustainable agriculture.
    Programs and Events: Open Garden Weekend, an annual showcase and self-guided tour of outstanding community gardens and gardening projects in the Bay Area. Market Cooking for Kids program at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market and in Oakland and San Francisco Public Schools.

The Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First)
    "The Institute for Food and Development Policy -- better known as Food First -- is a member- supported, non-profit research and education-for-action center highlighting root causes and value-based solutions to hunger and poverty around the world, with a commitment to food as a human right. ... Food First produces books, reports, articles, films, electronic media, and curricula, plus interviews, lectures, workshops, and courses. Food First participates in activist coalitions and furnishes cogent, clearly written and carefully researched analyses, arguments, and action plans for people who want to change the world."

International Institute for Ecological Agriculture
    "The mission of the IIEA is to heal the planet while providing for the human community by research, education and implementation of socially just, ecological, resource conserving forms of agriculture; the basis of all sustainable societies.
    The IIEA teaches courses both domestically and abroad in Permaculture design and other related subjects. It is currently organizing courses in Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica. The IIEA also operates Our Farm, a community supported agriculture farm feeding over 150 people. The IIEA also provides ecological design services to individuals and companies world wide."

Food Runners
    "Food Runners is an eight year old San Francisco volunteer organization that picks up excess food from restaurants, bakeries, markets, hotels, conventions, even food photograhers and delivers it to feeding programs in the city of San Francisco. We need volunteers to pick up and deliver the donated food. A pick up and delivery is called a "run". A run usually takes less than an hour. Volunteers use their own cars and are dispatched by other volunteers who pick up donation offers from a central message number, then make calls from their own homes."

Meals on Wheels of San Francisco
    "Meals on Wheels was started in 1970 by a group of volunteers who worked out of neighborhood kitchens to prepare and deliver meals to their frail, homebound neighbors. As the need for this service outstripped volunteers' capacity to provide for it, professional drivers, social workers and administrative staff were hired, and meals were prepared by a hospital nutrition staff, and later by a corporate caterer." 

SLUG: San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners
    "SLUG works throughout San Francisco with schools, community centers, public housing developments and individuals sowing the seeds of social justice, community development and ecological sustainability. Through raising an awareness of such issues among an urban population, SLUG strives to connect San Francisco residents to the power gardening has to transform individuals and communities.
    SLUG improves the quality of life through urban gardening by constructing and maintaining community gardens and urban landscapes, offering horticulture education in schools and communities, conducting youth programs that foster confidence and independence, providing job training and supplying SLUG members and City gardeners with materials and support." 

 Hazardous Materials

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Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR)
    Californians for Pesticide Reform is a coalition of almost 60 public health, consumer, environmental, sustainable agriculture, labor and rural assistance public interest organizations, with a Steering Committee of eight groups: California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, CALPIRG Charitable Trust, Environmental Defense Center, Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First), Pesticide Action Network, Pesticide Watch Education Fund, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP).

The Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO)
    "The Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO) is an organization that promotes and facilitates public participation in the oversight of environmental activities, including but not limited to the remediation of federal facilities, private "Superfund" sites, and Brownfields. It was formed in 1992 as CAREER/PRO (the California Economic Recovery and Environmental Restoration Project) by the San Francisco Urban Institute, in response to the large number of military base closures in the San Francisco Bay Area."

Pesticide Action Network North America
    "For 15 years, the Pesticide Action Network has campaigned to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound alternatives. As one of five Regional Centers worldwide, PAN North America links individuals, researchers, farmers, opinion leaders, businesses and public interest organizations in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. with over 400 consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups in more than 60 countries."

Pesticide Education Center
    "The Pesticide Education Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to educate workers and the public about the hazards of pesticides to human health and the environment. The Pesticide Education Center (PEC) provides critical information on health effects and safer alternative pest control methods to the public. Our mission is to educate consumers to make more informed choices to protect themselves, their families, their pets, their neighbors, and the environment from toxic pesticides."

 Human Health

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    "CHALK is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that uses technology to empower and educate youth through innovative youth employment programs. Our programs include Youthline and YouthVillage, both of which provide information to the community about youth-related services in San Francisco."

Project Open Hand
    "Since 1985, when Project Open Hand began delivering meals to seven individuals from the basement of a church in San Francisco, we have been committed to ensuring that people with HIV/AIDS get the nutrition that is critical to their health. Today, we serve over 3,000 men, women, and children -- 365 days a year. We are helping them stay healthier, live longer, and enjoy a higher quality of life."

Raphael House
    "Raphael House was established in 1971, and became the first shelter in San Francisco for homeless families. Located at 1065 Sutter Street (between Hyde and Larkin), we offer comprehensive services that have the ultimate goal of helping homeless, formerly homeless and at-risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence, while strengthening family bonds. Originally an emergency shelter, Raphael House is now composed of four distinct but interconnected elements: Family Shelter; Case Work, Counseling and Education; Children's Program; AfterCare Program."

San Francisco Street Project
    "San Francisco Street Project, Inc. (Street Project) is a non-profit community service organization that provides a vital link between young professionals wishing to volunteer and established community service organizations in the San Francisco area. The "link" is created through structured weekend or evening projects that are developed and organized by our project leaders to suit our volunteers' interests and need for flexibility."

San Francisco Suicide Prevention
    "San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP) is the oldest volunteer crisis line in the United States. Founded in 1963 with the initial focus of providing telephone intervention to people experiencing suicidal crisis, the focus of the agency has gradually shifted from strictly suicide prevention to more general counseling services. Services are provided 24 hours a day by over 250 trained volunteers with the supervision of a small multi-disciplinary staff. 415-781-0500."

 Parks, Open Spaces and Streetscapes

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California ReLeaf
    A state-wide campaign to expand, enhance and preserve urban and community forests in California in order to make our cities and communities more livable, improve our global environment, and connect people to the land and to each other. (c/o The Trust for Public Land, 1161 New Montgomery, 3rd Floor, SF, CA 94105 • 415-495-5660)

Friends of Lake Merced
    "Friends of Lake Merced (FoLM) is an all-volunteer, community-based organization dedicated to restoring and preserving the natural and recreational value of Lake Merced.  Now nearing the end of our third year of operation, FoLM has approximately 150 active members.  Our goal is to bring together and develop Friends of the Lake who are knowledgeable about the Lake and its shores, and who can work together to support and sustain this very real treasure."

Friends of Glen Canyon Restoration Team
    The Friends of Glen Canyon Restoration Team is a small group of volunteers who work in the natural areas of the canyon doing habitat restoration.

Friends of the Urban Forest
    "Neighbors sign up, attend a couple of meetings, pick their tree and get ready to dig. On Planting Day, they're joined by FUF's corps of trained volunteers for a Saturday morning of rewarding work and a potluck lunch. Then, as the trees grow, FUF's experts remain on call to advise you on proper tree care. The group even has a low-cost maintenance program to provide professional tree care by a qualified arborist for FUF-assisted trees.
    FUF's public-private partnerships have brought more than 15,000 trees to San Francisco neighborhoods -- and will add another 2,800 this year. Because it's all done at a cost of a fraction of commercial plantings, tree planting dollars yield more boughs for the buck."

Golden Gate NRA Home Page
    The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is the largest urban national park in the world. The total park area is 76,500 acres of land and water. Approximately 28 miles of coastline lie within its boundaries. It is nearly two and one-half times the size of San Francisco. It includes famous places like the Presidio, Fort Point, Alcatraz, Marin Headlands, and Muir Woods.

Greenbelt Alliance
    "Greenbelt Alliance is the leading land conservation organization in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area. Formed in 1958, our mission is to protect the 3.8 million acre Greenbelt of farmlands, watersheds, parks and other productive open space through citizen action, research and education, and advocacy. Donations to Greenbelt Alliance are tax-deductible and memberships are encouraged."

San Bruno Mountain Watch
    "San Bruno Mountain Watch was incorporated in Dec. 1995 to preserve San Bruno Mountain as the largest and richest remaining undisturbed fragment of the native Franciscan bioregion, nearly obliterated elsewhere by the spread of San Francisco and its neighboring cities in the urbanized northern San Francisco Peninsula. Despite, being surrounded by a major metropolis and so near an international airport, the mountain shelters a remarkable number of rare and endangered species, including three butterflies and at least 15 plants, as well as other wild animals rarely found so close to cities."

San Francisco Department of Public Works
    "Public works range from cleaning, repairing, and maintaining city streets and sewers to restoring San Francisco's public monuments like City Hall and the Opera House. We also build and maintain plazas, stairways, and other public areas; coordinate street excavation work; look after the city's urban forest; enforce litter laws; and remove graffiti and illegal signs. We regulate street and sidewalk use while enhancing and protecting the public right-of-way; promote the undergrounding of overhead utilities; and provide architectural, civil, structural, and mechanical engineering services, including project and construction management. More than 1,500 employees work to bring these services to the people of San Francisco, day and night." 

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department
    This is a great site with lots of information about all of the Parks, with historical archives of documents and pictures.

San Francisco Tomorrow
    "An urban environmental organization. Works to keep the SF waterfront open to the public, to keep the neighborhoods livable and make downtown less congested, to protect and improve parks, to protect the public interest on three closed military bases in the city, and to expand public transit."

The Trust for Public Land
    "Founded in 1972, the Trust for Public Land is the only national nonprofit working exclusively to protect land for human enjoyment and well-being. TPL helps conserve land for recreation, spiritual nourishment, and to improve the health and quality of life of American communities."

218 Trees
    "An Organization Formed to Advocate for the Potential of Existing Public Space Resources."

 Solid Waste

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The Computer Recycling Center
    "Whether you are an individual with one old computer collecting dust in your closet or a corporation with a storage room filled with 286 machines, Computer Recycling can use what you have.
    We accept computer hardware, software, and manuals of any age and in any condition. We accept parts of machines or entire systems. No brand or platform is too obscure for us! Working machines that can be processed quickly help us "fast track" computers into local schools."

Computer Recycling Project, Incorporated
    "Our mission statement is to acquire obsolete and unused computer equipment for distribution to non-profit organizations, educational programs, NGO's, and low-income individuals in order to foster computer literacy and support ongoing social programs with technical assistance. Also to support educational programs to teach computer literacy to economically disadvantaged groups."

Materials for the Future Foundation
    The Materials for the Future Foundation fosters community based enterprise creation in the recovered materials industry, specifically recycling and reuse. (Thoreau Center for Sustainability, P.O. Box 29091, SF, CA 94129-0091 • 415/561-6530 • mff@igc.apc.org)

San Francisco Recycling Program
    "The San Francisco Recycling Program is part of the City's Solid Waste Management Program, established in 1978 under the direction of the City's Chief Administrative Officer. The Recycling Program was set up in early 1980 with the purpose of facilitating and encouraging recycling in San Francisco.
    The program works with residents and businesses to promote waste prevention, reuse and recycling throughout the city in order to conserve valuable resources and reduce the amount of material that is landfilled."


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    "We are a new pedestrian advocacy project sponsored by Urban Ecology. We intend to play an important role as an advocate for Bay Area pedestrians at the regional and local levels as well as a partner with other local pedestrian groups. We hope to bring attention to some of the best and worst examples of pedestrian areas in our 'State of the Bay Area Pedestrian Report' - due for release in September. Our goal is to set an agenda for pedestrian action."

Bicycle Community Project
    The Bicycle Community Project unites at risk youth and environmentalists in integrating extensive youth development programs with bicycle services, thereby increasing job and training opportunities and the use of bicycles while improving the quality of life for individuals and communities. (P.O. Box 29482, San Francisco, CA 94129-0482 • 415/ 561-6578 • chashiggs@aol.com)

California Department of Transportation -- The San Francisco Bay Area Office

Metropolitan Transportation Commission
    "The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Created by the state Legislature in 1970, MTC functions as both the regional transportation planning agency -- a state designation -- and for federal purposes, as the region's metropolitan planning organization (MPO). As such, it is responsible for the Regional Transportation Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for the development of mass transit, highway, airport, seaport, railroad, bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The Commission also screens requests from local agencies for state and federal grants for transportation projects to determine their compatibility with the plan."

RIDES for Bay Area Commuters
    "RIDES for Bay Area Commuters is a private, nonprofit corporation, funded by the Federal Highway Administration, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). RIDES was established in 1977, in response to growing concerns about energy consumption. Today RIDES is the San Francisco Bay Area's recognized resource for commute information and transportation alternatives."

Rescue Muni
    "We're a group of frustrated riders who figure that someone has got to speak up for common sense. We hope you'll join us, share your Muni bloopers, attend one of our meetings, volunteer on one of our many committees, and help out as we call on City Hall to see things from the riders' perspective -- for once."

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
    "Members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) are dedicated to making San Francisco the most bike-friendly city in the nation.
    Acting together as the city's only grass roots bicycle advocacy organization, the SFBC, we organize for our right to ride a bicycle in safety and with dignity. Not only the voice of cyclists, the SFBC also serves as a critical resource, providing information on safe routes and safe riding, bicycle parking, equipment advice, and other information through our newsletter, many pamphlets, and this Web page."

San Francisco County Transportation Authority
    Agendas | Expenditure Plan | Congestion Management Agency | Third Street Light Rail Project | Doyle Drive | Traffic Calming Report | Countywide Long Range Transportation Plan 

San Francisco Muni

Transit First San Francisco
    "Mayor Willie Brown made fixing the MUNI one of his campaign promises -- so far there has been little to show for it other than drivers being a little more polite and calling out stops. The public gets excuses, but not a reliable public transportation system."
    Information | MUNI Issues | What you can do | Survey | the bike riders | Pedestrians | Groups working on Transportation issues in the city | High Speed Rail in California? | Some transit related links"

 Water and Wastewater

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The Bluewater Network
    "The Bluewater Network is a coalition of boaters, scientists, marine industry experts, and clean water advocates working to reduce the environmental impacts of recreational boating. Bluewater acts as an information clearinghouse and support mechanism for local communities and activists working to regulate and ban personal watercraft (PWC) on specific waterways. We are a project of Earth Island Institute (EII)." 

City of San Francisco -- Public Utilities Commission
    "The PUC provides retail drinking water and sewer services to San Francisco, wholesale water to three other Bay Area Counties, and hydroelectric power to City government operations."

Clean Water Action
    Clean Water Action is a national citizens' organization working for clean, safe, water, and prevention of health threatening pollution, building a sustainable economy and creating environmentally safe jobs. We focus on deveioping policy, mobilizing grassroots action, building coalitions and strengthening public right to know and involvement in environmental protection. 944 Market Street, Suite 600, SF, CA 94102 • (415) 362-3040 • cwasf@cleanwater.org

International Rivers Network (IRN)
    "International Rivers Network (IRN) is the leading organization working to halt the construction of destructive river development projects and to promote sound river management options worldwide. IRN believes that the crisis facing many of the world's rivers and riverine populations is best exemplified by the continued proliferation of massive hydroelectric, irrigation, water supply, flood control, channelization, and transportation projects. These projects represent an outdated approach to river management which limits public participation in defining river management objectives. The old approach severely restricts access to project information and decisions by perpetuating a bias toward large-scale infrastructure, preempting any significant examination of alternative river and watershed management options."

San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
    "The Regional Water Board is an agency within the California Environmental Protection Agency. It is responsible for regulating pollutants to protect the water resources of the Bay Area. ... The Board's jurisdiction includes San Francisco, San Pablo, Suisun, and Tomales Bays, all streams and rivers that flow into them (beginning at a point just west of Antioch), ocean waters, and groundwaters. ... The Board staff consists of about a hundred people, mostly engineers, biologists, and geologists."

San Francisco Estuary Project
    "The S.F. Estuary Project is one of over 20 Estuary Projects established by the National Estuary Program to protect and improve the water quality and natural resources of estuaries nationwide. We were formed in 1987 as a cooperative federal/state/local program to promote effective management of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. In addition to spearheading and participating in a wide variety of projects, the Estuary Project also serves as a clearinghouse for information on the Bay-Delta ecosystem, including such topics as wetlands, wildlife, aquatic resources and land use."

Surfrider Foundation: San Francisco
    "The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots-based, non-profit environmental organization that works to protect the coast. Founded in 1984, Surfrider now has 33 Surfrider chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts. The Surfrider National USA headquarters are in San Clemente, California. Surfrider has over 25,000 members in the U.S.; in addition, Surfrider chapters and affiliates have been established in 6 foreign countries (and most recently in Brazil)."

Urban Creeks Council
    A statewide organization to encourage the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of natural streams in urban environments, and to educate the general public on the value of natural streams. Encourages alternative flood control project design, stream bank stabilization methods, and land use planning measures to decrease potential property damage from streams. Organizes stream restoration projects. (1250 Addison #107C, Berkeley, CA 94702 • 510-540-6669)

 Economy and Economic Development

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The Bay Area Council
    "The Bay Area Council, supported by more than 200 major employers, serves as the voice of business in promoting progressive regional public policy."

Bay Area Defense Conversion Action Team (BADCAT)
    "Recognizing that successful conversion will be more likely if it is rooted in the comparative strengths of the regional economy, over 20 partners including government agencies, business, community and environmental organizations formed the Bay Area Defense Conversion Action Team (BADCAT)."

The Bay Area Economic Forum (BAEF)
    "BAEF, a non-profit, public-private regional partnership of business, government, academic, labor and community leaders, carries out projects to:  • Foster an outstanding environment in the region for a competitive economy to thrive; and • Enhance the overall quality of life in the nine-county Bay Area.
    Created through a partnership of the private sector Bay Area Council and the public sector Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area Economic Forum provides a 'forum' for high-level regional leaders to examine and take action on economic issues impacting the entire Bay Area."

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
    "BSR is a membership organization for companies of all sizes and sectors. BSR's mission is to help its member companies achieve long-term commercial success by implementing policies and practices that honor high ethical standards and meet their responsibilities to all who are impacted by their decisions."

California Coastal Commission
    "The mission of the Commission, as the lead agency responsible for carrying out California's coastal management program, is to plan for and regulate development in the coastal zone consistent with the policies of the California Coastal Act. The policies of the Coastal Act deal with public access to the coast, coastal recreation, the marine environment, coastal land resources, and coastal development of various types, including energy facilities, ports, and other industrial development."

City of San Francisco -- Office of the Controller

    "San Francisco's economy continues to demonstrate strong, sustained growth since the recession of the early 1990's. Tourism, at the heart of the San Francisco's economy, continues to thrive. In the past year, the number of people visiting San Francisco increased to more than 15 million, representing an average daily population of more 120,000. These visitors spent over $5 billion in the City, over $10 million per day.
    Employment, business and development trends are similarly optimistic. San Francisco's unemployment rate in June, 1996. was 5.6% and has shown a continued decline from a high of 7.2% in 1992. Likewise, the office vacancy rate of 8.8% is the lowest in a decade."

Corporate Watch
    "Corporate Watch works to support efforts to build a movement for democratic control over corporations, human rights and environmental justice."

The Greenlining Institute
    "The Greenlining Institute is a multi-ethnic public policy and leadership training center in San Francisco that represents thirty-five minority, low-income, small business, civil rights, and community-based organizations throughout California. Its purpose is to promote low-income and minority economic development and increase minority community participation in policymaking. The Institute works to establish partnerships between community groups, corporations and government to increase sound investment in traditionally underserved markets. The Institute's leadership Academy trains diverse college and graduate level students who aspire to be leaders in community advocacy, public policy and economic development. An advocacy-oriented think tank, Greenlining also publishes policy background papers to educate diverse community leaders on how economic issues impact low-income and minority communities."

Habitat for Humanity San Francisco
    "Through tax-deductible donations of money, materials, and volunteer labor, Habitat builds and rehabilitates homes with the help of future homeowners. Houses are sold at no profit to partner families with no-interest mortgages issued over a fixed period. The homeowner's small monthly mortgage payments which include taxes and insurance, are deposited in a revolving fund which supports the construction of more houses!"

International Forum on Globalization
    "The International Forum on Globalization is a new alliance created by sixty activists, scholars, economists, researchers, and writers to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to the rapidly emerging economic and political arrangement called the global economy.
    Representing 40 organizations in 19 countries, the Forum's participants have come together out of shared concern that the world's corporate and political leadership is undertaking a restructuring of global politics and economics that may prove as historically significant as any event since the industrial revolution. This restructuring is happening at tremendous speed, without full public disclosure of the multiple, profound consequences affecting democracy, human welfare and the natural world, and with devastating effects upon local economies and communities across the planet."

The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)
    "The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) is a private, nonprofit membership and research organization that serves as the leading source of accurate, unbiased information on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), broadly granted employee stock options, and employee participation programs."
Partnerships For Change
    "Partnerships For Change seeks to strengthen community alliances and empower individuals to achieve their full potential. In view of the crippling costs of social and domestic violence, school drop-outs rates, drug abuse, teen pregnancy and a reduced and demoralized workforce, we offer media projects, community participant-centered conferences and public awareness campaigns."

Redefining Progress
    "Redefining Progress is a public policy organization that generates and refines innovative policies and ideas that balance economic well-being, the health of the environment, and social equity for a better quality of life today and in the future. We inject these ideas into public dialogue, policy discourse, and individual decisionmaking in compelling and nonpartisan ways.
    Fundamentally, we support national and local debates about the future the country desires, and offer creative ideas on how best to get there."
San Francisco Bay Area Green Business Program
    "The Bay Area Green Business Program is a cooperative regional effort to assist small businesses to understand regulatory concerns and come into full compliance with federal, state and local environmental regulations. Businesses which comply receive certificates. Businesses which go further and take steps to prevent pollution and conserve resources are awarded program recognition stickers which may be used in advertising. The certificate and sticker are then marketed to the public so that the public can use this information to support environmentally friendly businesses."

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)
    BCDC is a California state agency that has jurisdiction over: • The open water, marshes and mudflats of greater San Francisco Bay. •The first 100 feet inland from the shoreline around SF Bay. • A portion of the Suisun Marsh. • Portions of most creeks, rivers, sloughs and other tributaries that flow into SF Bay. • Salt ponds, duck hunting preserves, game refuges and other managed witlands that have been diked off from SF Bay. (415) 557-3686; info@bcdc.ca.gov

Students for Responsible Business (SRB)
    Students for Responsible Business is an international network of MBA students committed to achieving success while contributing to the creation of a more just, humane and sustainable world through business.

 Environmental Justice

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Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)
    "...a non-profit, statewide, multiracial, urban environmental health and justice organization that works with urban communities and grassroots organizations -- using science based research, legal tactics, and organizing strategies to prevent air and water pollution, eliminate toxic hazards, and improve public health. CBE's long-term goals are to develop an environmentally sustainable manufacturing base, minimize the use of toxins, expand pollution prevention strategies, and involve those people most at risk by industrial pollution in decisions that impact their lives

    "• provides impacted communities and the general public successful action-oriented campaigning in support of struggles for health and environmental justice; • holds accountable corporate polluters and government agencies who fail to protect public health, the health and safety of workers, and the environment; •works for real solutions including pollution prevention and toxic-free alternatives; • engages in non-violent direct action against destroyers of the environment; • helps empower communities through sharing of skills, experience and networking; •provides information, technical assistance, and trainings on media and organizing; • engages in public education about threats to public health posed by pollutants"

Political Ecology Group

    "The Political Ecology Group (PEG) is a multi-racial, volunteer-based organization working for environmental justice in the San Francisco Bay Area. We bring people together for collective action, participatory education, leadership development, and for carrying out campaigns with national and international impact. PEG builds alliances to confront environmental destruction, racism, sexism, homophobia and corporate power."
and their communities."

The Southeast Alliance for Environmental Justice
    "SAEJ (The Southeast Alliance for Environmental Justice) is an organization committed to protecting the health and lives of both current residents and future generations living in and around the Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) community in San Francisco, California."

Urban Habitat Program
    "Founded in 1989, the Urban Habitat Program is dedicated to building multicultural urban environmental leadership for socially just, ecologically sustainable communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. ...through actions, networking, conferences, publications, teaching, and advocacy ó UHP has assisted over a hundred organizations working on environmental justice issues: health, food security, recycling, energy, military base conversion, arts and culture, education, immigration and population, parks and open space."
    "In conjunction with California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, UHP publishes Race, Poverty and the Environment, a quarterly newsletter providing an authentic voice for social and environmental justice."

 Municipal Expenditures

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 Public Information and Education

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Bay Area Action
    "Bay Area Action (BAA) is an environmental education and action organization located in California's San Francisco Bay area. Our mission is to help people discover and strengthen their connection and concern for the natural environment through education and hands-on, action-oriented activities."

The Bay Institute of San Francisco
    "The Bay Institute is a non-profit research, advocacy, and public education organization. Our mission is to protect and restore the ecosystems of San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and the rivers, streams, and watersheds tributary to the estuary."

California Trout Unlimited Education
    "The California Trout, Salmon and Steelhead Education Program is an adaptive education program centered around the life cycles of Trout, Salmon and Steelhead Trout. Students from grades K through 12 learn the importance of our valuable natural and economic resources. Classes study the first three life stages of these fish from eyed egg through the fry stage. Eggs are transported by sponsoring fishing clubs and provided by the California Department of Fish and Game."

The Data Center
    "The DataCenter is an independent non-profit research center. We are celebrating two decades of providing strategic research and documentation services.
    Information is a powerful tool for change. The DataCenter develops original sources and adds value to existing information sources by conducting targeted research and analysis, publishing, accessing progressive publications, and training community based organizations in the use of information technology.
    We support domestic and international progressive organizing, advocacy, policy development, and broad-based educational efforts. Those we serve include community organizations, policy institutes, socially responsible investing companies, libraries, media, journalists, and organizations located internationally."

Environmental Traveling Companions
    Since 1971, ETC, a nonprofit organization with over 300 volunteers, has been successfully providing innovative outdoor adventures and environmental education programs for people with special needs. Annually, over 1800 individuals, including: people who are visually or hearing impaired, physically or developmentally disabled, ill with AIDS or cancer, and youth-at-risk, experience an ETC whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, or Nordic skiiing adventure. ETC collaborates with over 80 northern California social service agencies and schools who rely upon this programming to provide a vital extension of their own services. Fort Mason Center, Landmark Building C, SF, CA 94123 • (415) 474-7662

Environmental Working Group
    "The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a leading content provider for public interest groups and concerned citizens who are campaigning to protect the environment. Through our reports, articles, technical assistance and the development of computer databases and Internet resources, EWG's staff of 18 researchers, computer experts and writers produce hundreds of headline-making reports each year, drawing on original EWG analyses of government and other data. EWG is based in Washington, D.C., with an office in San Francisco."

Estuary Action Challenge
    Estuary Action Challenge educates and empowers SF Bay Area school communities to explore, clean-up and restore creek and bay habitats, reduce pollution and make safe choices about consuming bay food. (6534 Arlington Blvd., Richmond, CA 94805, 510-235-3785)

Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary -- School Programs
    "The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) supports several exciting and innovative education programs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Through a special arrangement with the Tarlton Institute for Marine Education, the GFNMS helps fund SEA CAMP, a marine-based summer camp for low income kids.
    GFNMS supports PROJECT OCEAN, an exciting education program that turns K-6 grades classrooms into marine ecosystems. And, GFNMS funds the WHALE BUS which travels to schools throughout the Bay Area to bring whale bones, give presentations, and lead activities that bring students into the lives of whales in the Sanctuary.
    Each year the GFNMS sponsors the participation of 25 San Francisco schools in the ADOPT-A-BEACH program at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Students learn first about the beach and its communities and then join a coastal cleanup. Tidepool walks, shark talks, whale watching, and kayaking trips are a few of the meaningful marine school programs that highlight the Sanctuaries and promote stewarship."

Institute for Global Communications
    "The Institute for Global Communications (IGC) is a nonprofit organization that provides alternative sources of information as well as online access and comprehensive Internet services for progressive individuals and organizations. ... Today IGC is a comprehensive Internet service, the nation's only non-profit, unionized, full-service Internet service provider. ... IGC headquarters are located at the Presidio of San Francisco, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. IGC and several other nonprofit organizations at the Presidio comprise The Thoreau Center for Sustainability, the first public/private partnership in a national park that combines sustainable design principles with historic rehabilitation criteria to rehabilitate four buildings in the Presidio."

The Leaf Project
    The Leaf Project is a rainforest education and research initiative that provides students with in-class educational curriculum and facilitates interaction with research staff at their rainforest research station and preserve located in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula (300 Broadway, Suite 28, San Francisco, CA 94965; 415-788-3666)

The Oceanic Society
    Since 1972, the nonprofit Oceanic Society Expeditions has offered a slew of natural history and research trips and expeditions both locally and nationally. The Society aims to "undertake research to protect acquatic environments and to promote environmental education." Local tours include whale-watching expeditions looking for gray whales off Bolinas and Point Reyes. (Fort Mason Center, Building E, San Francisco 94123-1394 • 415-474-3385)

The Randall Museum
    The Randall Museum is a facility of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. 199 Museum Way, SF, CA 94114; (415) 554-9600

ReThink Paper
    "ReThink Paper is a non-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing a transition to an ecologically sound U.S. pulp & paper industry. Our mission is to convince the consumer, industry, and government sectors to rethink -- then replace -- current paper consumption and production practices with environmentally preferable alternatives." 

The Romberg Tiburon Center
    "The Romberg Tiburon Center is an off-campus research and teaching marine laboratory operated by San Francisco State University (SFSU). It is the only academic research facility on San Francisco Bay, one of the largest estuaries in the United States. Research scientists at the Center train and support students, host visiting scientists and collaborate with fellow scientists at local universities and local environmental agencies."

San Francisco Bay Model Visitor Center
    "The model, located on Richardson Bay in Sausalito, California, is a unique scientific tool for exploring water movement patterns in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the bay part of the model in 1956 to test a series of barrier and water quality proposals. This tidal hydraulic model has since been expanded to include "The Delta" and is used to test the effects of oil spills, salt-water intrusion and pollutant dispersion.
    "The San Francisco Bay Model Visitor Center offers the public a variety of opportunities to learn about the estuary, the natural environment and the role of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. An orientation video features computer-generated images of the bottom of the bay. Audio tours are available in English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Russian. Each month the Visitor Center has exhibits, and programs for adults and school-age children."

San Francisco Clean City Coalition
    SFCCC's mission is to improve the quality of life for all residents and communities of San Francisco through environmental education outreach efforts, grassroots community service projects and developement of sustainability programs. Coalition programs achieve litter abatement and environmentally conscious waste management. (415) 553-2913

San Francisco Education Fund -- Environmental Science Initiative
    Since 1979, the San Francisco Education Fund (Ed Fund) has supported teachers and students in the SF Unified School District to improve teaching and learning. With contributions from corporations, foundations, and individuals, the Ed Fund has channeled over $14 million into San Francisco public schools.
    The Ed Fund's Environmental Science Initiative (ESI) will entail a comprehensive, three-year effort to increase teacher, student, and community understanding of and commitment to preserving San Francisco's rich natural resources.

San Francisco School Volunteers
    "Today, San Francisco School Volunteers recruits, trains and links 2,700 community and business volunteers with students in over 100 schools. The organization's innovative programs provide students with the most important service that our overburdened educational system cannot always deliver -- one-to-one interaction with an adult."

San Francisco Unified School District

SPUR: The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association
    "SPUR is one of the preeminent civic planning organizations in the United States. A non-profit membership coalition of over 1,200 citizens, businesses and government representatives, SPUR develops balanced, informed and innovative solutions to urban problems, and promotes good government. Over 100 volunteers and a small staff produce position papers, 150 educational forums each year, ballot analyses, a monthly newsletter, and annual awards for excellence in civic works and excellence in government management."

Strybing Arboretum Society
    The Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, located on 75 acres in Golden Gate Park, is San Francisco's municipal botanical garden. The Botanical Gardens is a public-private partnership between San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department and the Strybing Arboretum Society. The City maintains the Gardens while the Society provides educational and interpretive programs that promote public awareness of plants and the environment. 7,500 plants from around the world are part of the unique collection. A 17-acre nature trail and children's garden are used for a variety of environmental programs.

The Wallace Stegner Environmental Center
    "The Wallace Stegner Environmental Center is located in the northwest corner of the 5th floor of San Francisco's New Main Library. The Center is named for the late Wallace Stegner whose writings contain illuminating perceptions of nature and convey a deep commitment to the task of bringing human activities into harmony with the natural environment. The mission of the Environmental Center is to inspire understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness and mutual dependence of life on earth through an outstanding collection of environmental literature and innovative and inclusive public programs."

 Risk Management

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Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- South Pacific Region

 Civic Renewal

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Community Boards Program
    "Believing that the community is where the responsibility for problem solving and conflict resolution should first fall, where the most effective prevention work can be done, and where meaningful lessons about conflict and its impact on friends, neighbors, and community can best be learned, the Community Board Program provides free community mediation services in San Francisco and offers conflict resolution-related program development and training assistance to schools, juvenile correctional facilities, and other agencies nationwide."


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San Francisco Bay Area Green Team Project
    "Small groups of San Francisco Bay Area neighbors and co-workers learn to live more earth-friendly lifestyles through the support of our Green Action Guide and a trained coach. Participants reduce their solid waste, home chemicals, energy, water and auto fuel consumption...while having fun, building community, and saving money! Our Household Program brings together teams of 6-8 individuals in neighborhoods to learn home conservation methods and put this education into practice. Our Workplace Program spearheads teams in corporations, agencies and businesses."