Greener San Francisco

Climate change is real and we in the Bay Area must act.

Greener San Francisco

The Challenge

For humanity to enjoy a livable planet, an unprecedented effort is needed to tackle climate change. That’s the message of the United Nations’ new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’ report. We can be a part of this effort right here in the Bay Area and it's going to take all of us to make the difference we need.

The Solution

We partner with data-driven organizations to fight climate change in San Francisco by increasing tree cover, advocating for sustainable transportation like bikes and buses, and educating the next generation on good environmental stewardship.


1. Urban greening

We want to protect and develop the amazing biodiversity in the city, from planting trees to restoring wetlands in the Bay.

2. Education and access

Everyone in SF, young and old, should engage and appreciate natural surroundings and be informed about how they can help.

3. Sustainable transportation

Developing the infrastructure for sustainable transportation, like bike lanes, so our children can continue to enjoy San Francisco.

Our partners

The 4 Nonprofits

Together, these nonprofits implement a range of strategies - from bike lanes to protecting local biodiversity - focused on making our city more sustainable.

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Friends of the Urban Forest

FUF has planted over 60,000 trees, nearly half of San Francisco's street tree canopy.

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Literacy for Environmental Justice

Urban greening and restoring native habitats with youth and young adults in Southeast San Francisco.

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Nature in the City

Wildlife habitat restoration and free nature walks to help San Franciscans connect with the local environment.

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

One of the largest and most effective bicycle advocacy groups in the country. This organization is transforming San Francisco streets and neighborhoods by promoting bicycling.

By the Numbers


Street trees planted since FUF started in 1981 by Friends of the Urban Forest.


Increase in the number of bicycle trips in SF last year by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.


Bikes distributed to low income residents during Community Bike Builds by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

Did you know?

San Francisco is the only major US city to have a public park within a ten minute walk of any given point in the city.

Latest from Instagram

2 days ago - @natureinthecity

Red admiral nectaring at honeysuckle and umber skipper on sword fern!

4 days ago - @lej_ecostewards

Join us on Saturday 5/18 for our Candlestick Point Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Open House. We'll be working from 10am-1pm. This event helps ensure that our plants are healthy, thriving, and ready to be planted into our public open spaces, contributing to wildlife habitat and enhancing our parks. Visit: or the link in our bio.

#SF #sanfrancisco #sfvolunteer #bvhp #bayview #hunterspoint #volunteer #nativeplants #nursery #volunteers

1 week ago - @lej_ecostewards

LEJ and @sftida (Treasure Island Development Authority) will be hosting a volunteer Nursery Day at our Treasure Island Nursery this Wednesday, May 15 from 1-3pm. We will be transplanting and organizing plants and tables. Join us for a great volunteer day on the island. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Visit for more details. Link is in bio.

#sf #sanfrancisco #treasureisland #nativeplants #nativeplantnursery #YBI #sfvolunteer #stewardship #sftida #lej #ecosteward #ecostewards

1 week ago - @friendsoftheurbanforest

Lower Stockton Street has reopened. Pic by @DannySauter. Um, what's missing here?

1 week ago - @sfbike

The best "post" Bike to Work Day gift ever. Soft-hit posts going in right in front of our HQ on Market Street. Thanks, @sfmtaphoto 🚲✨ #btwd

1 week ago - @lej_ecostewards

Our hearts are heavy due to the passing of Marie Harrison. Marie was an incredible advocate for environmental justice and a tireless guardian for our Bayview Hunters Point community. We shared a few links about her work and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice's (@greenaction_ej) walk on Sunday honoring her memory. Link in bio.

1 week ago - @friendsoftheurbanforest

We urge Assemblymembers @DavidChiu.sf and @PhilTing and Senator @Scott_Wiener to join Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and @SenatorHenry Stern in supporting $400 million for natural and working lands from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. We need to invest now to see the benefits in the future. We can improve public health by investing in #urbanforests & #urbangreening NOW! California needs to be a leader in the fight against #climatechange. @asmegarcia

1 week ago - @sfbike

The sense of joy is palpable in the streets of San Francisco on Bike to Work Day. And the joy is even more palpable now that your @sfbike has won a commitment from Mayor @londonbreed to build 20 MILES OF PROTECTED BIKE LANES IN 2 YEARS!! . That’s more than double the speed we’ve been building them. This announcement is a true testament to the power of our advocacy, which is fueled by our amazing members. Thank you for your support! . #btwd #biketoworkday

Greener San Francisco


What makes the Bay Area ecosystem special?

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the nation's six most important biodiversity hotspots, rich with a variety of habitats, a unique geology and the Bay itself — the second largest estuary in the country. But as the area's human population continues to grow, urban sprawl is rapidly eliminating habitats for imperiled species. The area's nine counties are home to more than 90 animal and plant species listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.

How might climate change impact the Bay Area?

Climate change, water uncertainty and sea level rise will all have profound effects on the Bay Area - from our ecosystems and biodiversity to the transportation infrastructure we rely on. Low lying areas around the Bay Area are vulnerable to sea level rise; including SFO and Oakland airports, US 101 and I-80, and the Mission Creek neighborhood along San Francisco’s eastern waterfront. These areas are vulnerable to storm surges, flooding and future sea level rise. Additionally, fragile, vital wetlands in the Bay and its tributaries are threatened by sea level rise and could cause a loss of species abundance and diversity.

How many types of trees are there in San Francisco?

628, and they're mapped! Check out the Urban Forest Map to see the a mapping of over 120,000 trees across 37 neighborhoods in San Francisco.

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition News

Bringing Change to Our Streets: Year One Progress On Our Strategic Plan

Our work is guided by a plan. We’re measuring progress toward our five-year strategic goals and objectives and sharing them with you on our new dashboard.

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