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San Francisco Waldorf School

Posted by on May 18 2008 | 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Year

San Francisco Waldorf School
2018 – $34,000 Outdoor Classroom
2016 – $33,000 Outdoor Classroom
2015 – $5,000 Outdoor Classroom
2014 – $7,500 Outdoor Classroom
2013 – $10,000 Outdoor Classroom
2009 – $10,000 Biodynamic Garden Program
2008 – $6,000 Biodynamic Garden Program
2007 – $10,000 High School Capital Campaign

San Francisco Waldorf School is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian school providing education from Kindergarten through Grade 12. SFWS was founded in 1979 as an independent school within the rich Waldorf tradition whose mission is to educate students using an approach that fosters independent thought and a sense of personal responsibility. The Waldorf curriculum, designed by Austrian philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner in 1919, is based on a thorough study of child development, so that the subjects taught meet not only the cognitive developmental needs of the students, but also their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. There are over a thousand Waldorf schools around the world, each operating independently, but held together by a common understanding of human development and a recognition of the value of artistic work and meaningful social interaction.High School capital campaign

San Francisco Waldorf High School’s campus opened in September 2007. As the first school in San Francisco to be awarded the coveted LEED Gold certification, the overall goal of the project was to create an environment that is in harmony with the philosophy of Waldorf Education. Perhaps the greatest reflection of this success is the fact that the building itself will be incorporated into the curriculum as an educational resource for environmental studies. The principals of the Waldorf philosophy and the actual building serve as a teaching tool for students, demonstrating how to become actively involved in today’s social issues.Biodynamic Garden

The Waldorf School Biodynamic Garden was created to grow children’s love for the earth, for meaningful labor, and for themselves and their community through infinitely fascinating work as farmers.  Located at the Little Sisters of the Poor’s St. Anne’s home, the garden acts as a teaching tool, a healthy food source for the lunchroom and a social hub for the children as well as the residents of St. Anne’s. The participating students, kindergarten through third grade, are toured through the garden to taste what is in season and observe the garden’s changes before splitting up to participate in the upkeep of the garden.  With tasks like planting apple trees, building compost and harvesting crops, every child is engaged with the garden directly, discovering the benefits of farming for themselves.Nature Program\The Waldorf School Nature Program creates an overarching program that serves as a model for other urban schools who aspire to “bring nature alive” for students, faculty and the entire community. The program brings younger children out into nature and older students the opportunity to learn more about regional biodiversity. This program will offer an ongoing educational series to facilitate community understanding and support. This series brings a wide variety of speakers to address topics that enhance understanding of environmental education, brought via lectures, workshops and events. The program’s goal is to create awareness of issues and initiatives that are relevant in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Friends of the Urban Forest

Posted by on May 25 2007 | 2007, 2019, Art, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

Friends of the Urban Forest
2019 – $15,000 General Support
2007 – $10,000 General Support

Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) promotes a larger, healthier urban forest as part of San Francisco’s green infrastructure through community planting, tree care, education, and advocacy. Each year, FUF helps communities plant nearly 1,000 trees. Neighbors organize the plantings, while FUF obtains permits, removes sidewalk concrete, supplies tools and materials and selects, purchases and delivers the trees. On planting day, FUF volunteers work side-by-side with residents. After the work is done, everyone celebrates over a community lunch.In 1995, FUF formally instituted Tree Care to improve tree health and to increase survival rates – certified arborists, assisted by volunteers and trainees, prune and re-stake existing street trees. Tree Care aims to provide essential maintenance services and to educate neighbors, through mailings and hands-on assistance, on how to care for their trees.  FUF is committed to increasing its resources for Tree Care, which is essential to maintain and enhance the community’s investment in San Francisco’s urban forest.

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Neighborhood Parks Council

Posted by on May 25 2007 | 2007, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

Neighborhood Parks Council
2007 – $5,000 General Support

The Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) advocates for a superior, equitable and sustainable park and recreation system. Since 1996, NPC has grown to include over a hundred and twenty park groups and four thousand park volunteers, establishing itself as San Francisco’s premier park advocacy group.  It provides leadership and support to park users through community-driven stewardship, education, planning and research.  NPC strives to increase public and private support for, and commitment to, the restoration and improved maintenance of our neighborhood parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities. In addition to technical assistance, NPC provides a forum for sharing information and experience at park planning meetings in each District, including educational presentations and workshops with guest speakers and topic experts.

In 2011 NPC merged with The San Francisco Parks Trust to form the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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Plant SF

Posted by on May 25 2007 | 2007, 2010, Architecture, Ecology, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

Plant SF
2010 – $5,000 Naples Green, Pavement to Parks Project
2007 – $5,000 General Support

Plant SF exists to promote permeable landscaping as sustainable urban infrastructural practice and as a beautification effort; by providing information to the public and by partnering with city and neighborhood organizations.  This mission is accomplished through encouraging and enabling individuals to use an existing permit process to convert areas of the public right-of-way (sidewalks) to exposed-earth gardens, advocating the use of native and drought tolerant plant species, and coordinating with local organizations to facilitate plantings.  Plant SF also works with city agencies to encourage permeable landscaping strategies as urban infrastructure and advocates for sustainable water practices, such as ground water recharge, roof drain diversion and water reclamation.

Naples Green was designed to provide neighborhood beautification, new green space, traffic calming improvements and a safe and enjoyable environment for residents to host and accommodate neighborhood events and activities. The work scope included the transformation of approximately 7,500 square feet of concrete and asphalt into new green public open space. At Naples green, landscaped areas with hundreds of new plants and 18 new trees, raised planter beds and pathways all come together to provide an inviting new open space. By removing concrete and asphalt, the Naples Green also provides storm water benefits by allowing rainwater to permeate into the ground instead of flowing into the sewer system.  It is located in the Crocker Amazon neighborhood of San Francisco, on Naples Street between Rolph Street and Geneva Avenue.

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People’s Grocery

Posted by on May 24 2007 | 2007, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Year

People’s Grocery
2007 – $2,500 General Support

The People’s Grocery mission is to improve the health and economy of West Oakland through the local food system. Over the last nine years, People’s Grocery’s urban agriculture, nutrition, and enterprise programs have provided healthy food access while setting the stage for a systemic conversation about healthy food. Organizations across the country have replicated their work, and their leadership development models represent innovative strategies to catalyze resident power in the creation of health equity through food.

The People’s Grocery has gained regional and national recognition as a leader in the evolving food justice movement, providing workshops and trainings in best practices at forums including the California Department of Public Health, California Department of Forestry and Agriculture, the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Kellogg Foundation’s Food & Society Conference and the Center for Healthy Communities at California Endowment.

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City Slicker Farms

Posted by on May 18 2007 | 2007, Ecology, Grantees, Grantees by Year

City Slicker Farms
2007 – $2,500 General Support

City Slicker Farms was founded in 2001 to provide an immediate solution to West Oakland’s lack of real choice for fresh, affordable, healthy food. Their programs have a long-term sustainable impact, changing underutilized urban landscapes into ones that provide healthy, affordable food and improve the environment for generations to come.

City Slicker Farms now consists of seven Community Market Farms (spaces open to the public), over 100 Backyard Gardens, a weekly Farm Stand, a greenhouse, and Urban Farming Education programs. City Slicker Farms also has a Policy Advocacy Initiative, using its experience to promote sustainable food systems and a green economy on a regional and statewide basis. Together these activities preserve and re-imagine green space in the inner-city for food production, engage residents in environmental education and serve as a model for urban green growth.

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Alemany Farm

Posted by on May 18 2007 | 2007, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Year

Friends of Alemany Farm

2007 – $2,500 General Support

Friends of Alemany Farm is a volunteer group that manages the horticulture, volunteer, and educational programs at Alemany Farm, a 4.5 acre organic farm ecosystem in southeast San Francisco.

Alemany Farm grows food and educates local residents about how they can become their own food producers and strive to increase ecological knowledge and habitat value, and to sow the seeds for economic and environmental justice. Strategies to further their cause include fostering environmental education by introducing children and adults to the idea that local food production can be part of a healthy ecosystem, inspiring visitors to start their own gardens at home, and promoting ecological-economic development by using urban agriculture as a way to develop green job skills.

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California Academy of Sciences

Posted by on May 18 2007 | 2007, 2015, 2016, 2018, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Year

California Academy of Sciences
2018 – $10,000 Biodiversity Toolkit for Cities
2016 – $10,000 Citizen Science Program
2015 – $10,000 Citizen Science Program
2007 – $5,000 Capital Campaign, Green Roof

The California Academy of Sciences is a multifaceted scientific institution committed to leading-edge research, to educational outreach, and to finding new and innovative ways to engage and inspire the public.  The Academy’s mission – to explore, explain and protect the natural world – extends to all corners of the institution; from a research expedition in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, to a teacher training program in a California classroom, to an interactive game on the museum exhibit floor.

One of the highlights of the Academy of Science’s Museum is the living roof.  The masterstroke of rooftop’s design lies in making the park’s environment such a visible part of the building itself. The rooftop’s seven undulating green hillocks pay homage to the iconic topography of San Francisco and blurs the boundary between building and parkland.

Citizen Science Program
Following the San Francisco Urban Biodiversity Summits in 2013 and 2014, the California Academy of Sciences has been leading charge in convening biodiversity leaders in the Bay Area and  through their Citizen Science Program. In order to address the lack of knowledge on the biodiversity of California, the Academy aims to crowd-source data through observations of plants and animals by citizen scientists, encouraging people of all backgrounds to work together to build the data set of biodiversity required to make local and global conservation decisions.

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Greenbelt Alliance

Posted by on May 18 2007 | 2007, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Year

Greenbelt Alliance
2007 – $10,000 General Support

Founded in 1958, The Greenbelt Alliance works to help cities and counties adopt policies to prepare for future growth while stopping wasteful sprawl development from paving farmland, worsening traffic and air pollution, and contributing to climate change.  This work includes endorsing development projects within existing cities –  close to shops, jobs, and transit, with homes for people of all income levels and advocating for policies that create walkable neighborhoods with homes people can afford, where they can walk, bike, and take transit easily and safely.

A large component resulting in the success of the Greenbelt Alliance is its dedication to educating and mobilizing local residents to give them a voice in choosing how their communities grow.  This education is aided through grants that allow the publishing of award-winning research, providing the region’s leaders with the strategies they need to accommodate growth while protecting the Bay Area’s greenbelt.

Lastly, The Greenbelt Alliance organizes hikes, bike rides, farm tours, and urban walks for hundreds of Bay Area residents every year through our Greenbelt Outings and Livable Communities Outreach programs.  This compliments the other educational programs through encouraging direct engagement with the landscape throughout the bay.

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San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR)

Posted by on May 18 2007 | 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Architecture, Ecology, Grantees, Grantees by Year

SPUR’s We Are the Bay exhibition

Farmer’s market in San Francisco; photo credit Sergio Ruiz

Rising tides threatening to flood; photo credit Sergio Ruiz

SPUR’s How We Move exhibition

A transit + design workshop held at SPUR’s Urban Center

San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR)
2019 – $10,000 Operational Landscape Units Project2018 – $20,000 Regional Plan2017 – $10,000 Operational Landscape Units Project (with SFEI)
2017 – $10,000 Framework for Sea-Level Rise Adaptation2016 – $15,000 Framework for Sea-Level Rise Adaptation2014 – $15,000 Fossil Fuel Reduction Report
2014 – $10,000 Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program
2013 – $10,000 Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program
2012 – $10,000 Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program
2010 – $8,000 Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program
2007 – $5,000 General Support

Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR has been promoting good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area over the past five decades. Functioning as the citizen’s voice for good planning, SPUR has built support for land use, transportation and investment strategies to support center-oriented growth and urban economic vitality. Since then, SPUR has been involved with virtually every major planning decision in the city.  In May 2009, the opening of the 14,500 square-foot SPUR Urban Center opened a major new chapter in the life of the organization and in civic planning in San Francisco. Located in the heart of the Yerba Buena cultural district, the Urban Center provides a common ground for citizens to come together in fruitful, forward-thinking conversation.

Framework for Sea-Level Rise Adaptation
This project is a partnership of two leading Bay Area organizations that support the advancement of public policy and sustainability and are collaborating to share expertise on both the ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ sides of the shoreline. The San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) was founded in 1993 and is dedicated to improving management of the Bay and its ecosystems through science and partnerships. SPUR, founded in 1910, promotes good planning and good government in the Bay Area through research, education, and advocacy.

The project will initiate a new framework for guiding and evaluating climate adaptation strategies appropriate to San Francisco Bay’s diverse shoreline settings, enabling the development of innovative design concepts that integrate natural and built infrastructure. These concepts include structural and nonstructural measures that address ecosystem health and resilience, flood risk management, water quality, land-use planning, and social equity goals. The result will be an essential framework for understanding what kind of adaptations could work for real places in the Bay Area, and a vision for how individual projects and design concepts can add up to resilient landscapes.

Fossil Fuel Reduction report
This project, culminating in a SPUR report, helps position the Bay Area to lead California, as well as the U.S., to a fossil-fuel free future. The report considers a limited timetable, of 15 to 20 years, at most, to control greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels in order to keep climate change within a “safe zone”.

Food Systems and Urban Agriculture program
In recent years, San Francisco has experienced a surge of interest in reforming the city and region’s food system. The desire for innovation and change is driven by many factors including an interest in reducing the ecological footprint of food, eradicating food deserts, and strengthening communities through a re-localized economy. Though the conversation about food systems reform has matured to the point where the need for coordinated city and regional policy change is clear, no organization currently focuses on harnessing the potential for food systems policy change in San Francisco and the Bay Area. SPUR closes that organizational gap with the Food Systems and Urban Agriculture program founded in 2011. Through research, education, and advocacy, SPUR will help San Francisco lead the nation in developing effective, groundbreaking municipal policy that reshapes the role cities play in their foodsheds.

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