San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR)
2019 – $10,000 Operational Landscape Units Project
2018 – $20,000 Regional Plan
2017 – $10,000 Operational Landscape Units Project (with SFEI)
2017 – $10,000 Framework for Sea-Level Rise Adaptation
2016 – $15,000 Framework for Sea-Level Rise Adaptation
2014 – $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.