Urban Greening Bay Area

Urban Greening Bay Area

Urban Greening Bay Area
is a collaborative effort to re-envision Bay Area urban landscapes with widespread green infrastructure to address climate change impacts, infiltrate or capture stormwater and pollutants near their sources, and in turn, promote improved water quality in San Francisco Bay. Given Bay Area population growth projections from seven to nine million people by 2040, on-going environmental impacts of chemical products (past, present, and future), and continuing competition for reliable, safe drinking water; the challenge facing the region is how to accommodate these prospects while protecting water quality. Green Infrastructure is a multi-benefit solution that addresses stormwater quality and quantity concerns, while providing myriad ancillary benefits.

This collaborative effort between San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP), San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) and Bay Area municipalities received initial funding from the State Water Resources Control Board (Phase 1). It received additional funding from US EPA for the ongoing Phase 2.


  • Upgrades of the GreenPlan-IT tool

  • Integration of green infrastructure into local plans

  • The Resilient Infrastructure Roundtable


  • Green Infrsatructure Design Charette

  • Construction of the Chynoweth Avenue green street in San Jose


  • Development of a GIS database and interactive map of constructed green infrastructure projects

Phase 2 consists of three elemental tracks, Planning, Implementation, and Tracking. The project channels the resources of local, regional, state, and federal partners to build regional capacity for long-term and effective Green Infrastructure. The Planning Element includes: 1) upgrading and enhancing the watershed-based GreenPlan-IT tool, 2) integrating Green Infrastructure into local planning efforts in various partnering jurisdictions, and 3) conducting a roundtable process to develop a road map for integrating Green Infrastructure with future climate change and transportation investments in the region. The Implementation Element includes: 1) a design charrette to develop cost-effective Green Infrastructure designs for typical roadway intersections, with construction of up to three Green Infrastructure projects based on the resulting designs, and 2) construction of the Chynoweth Avenue Green Street Project in San Jose. The Tracking Element includes the development and trial of a GIS database and interactive map of constructed Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development projects in the region.

Although this is a three-year project, the Urban Greening Bay Area’s ten-year goal and anticipated environmental outcome is widespread, distributed use of GI by regional and local agencies that will result in pollutant and runoff load reductions that help protect the health of our waterways and the Bay.

More information about the project’s components as well as critical documents can be found in the Resources section. Details about the project’s past and present timeline can be accessed using the tabs below.

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Urban Greening Partners Check-in: 9/30/15

Urban Greening Partners Check-in: 1/15/16

Urban Greening Partners Check-in: 4/15/16

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TAC Meeting: 02/19/2016

QR3 (1/1/2016 – 3/31/2016)


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Final Report

Green Plan Bay Area Final Report
Final Report Attachments

Quarterly Reports

QR1 (8/1/13 – 9/30/13)
QR2 (10/1/13 – 12/31/13)
QR3 (1/1/14 – 3/31/14)
QR4 (4/1/14 – 6/30/14)
QR5 (7/1/14 – 9/30/14)
QR6 (10/1/14 – 12/31/14)
QR7 (1/1/15 – 3/31/15)
QR8 (4/1/15 – 6/30/15)
QR9 (7/1/15 – 9/30/15)


GreenPlan-IT Webinar: 7/30/15
Watch the presentation

TAC Meeting: 4/29/15

San Jose staff meeting: 4/08/15

San Mateo staff meeting: 9/24/14

San Jose staff meeting: 9/24/14

San Mateo staff meeting: 8/12/14
Meeting package – agenda, presentation and minutes

TAC Meeting: 7/2/14 – conference call
Presentation – Jing Wu


TAC Meeting: 6/17/14
Introduction – Lester McKee and Jennifer Krebs
TAC Key Questions
Site Suitability – Patty Frontiera, Pete Kauhanen and Marshall Kunze
Model Development – Jing Wu
Optimization – Jing Wu
Meeting Discussion Summary

San Mateo staff meeting: 1/14/14
Minutes 1/14/14

San Jose staff meeting: 12/18/13
Minutes 12/18/13

Municipal Kick-Off Meeting: 9/19/13
Minutes 9/19/13
Agenda and Presentation Materials PDF
Agenda and Presentation Materials Powerpoint

SFEP/SFEI project update meeting: 3/13/14
Minutes 3/13/14

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