Help to build equitable and resilient communities

Bay Localize inspires and supports community leaders in building equitable, resilient communities.

Bay Localize confronts the challenges of climate change and economic recession by boosting our region’s capacity to provide for everyone’s needs, sustainably and equitably. We achieve this equipping grassroots community leaders with flexible tools, models, and policies that strengthen their communities.


Our programs

Communities for Resilience:
Grassroots leaders like you are the key to neighborhoods thriving through economic downturn and climate change. Bay Localize provides tools such as the Community Resilience Toolkit, workshops, and supportive networks to make it happen.

Green Your City
How much food, water, and energy can your city provide locally, in a way that’s good for the Earth? Join a Green Your City campaign and find out. Bay Localize organizes concerned residents to pass policies that bring great local food and water ideas to scale. Get involved!

Local Clean Energy
Imagine our energy coming from clean sources and providing good local jobs. Bay Localize hosts the Local Clean Energy Alliance, which unifies over 70 Bay Area organizations and businesses with one message: let’s stop wasting energy, clean up our air, and put people to work! Read more

Clean Energy Jobs Oakland
Join us in calling on Oakland City Council to support the development of an East Bay Community Choice energy program. Community Choice energy, provided for by AB 117 (2002), enables cities and other jurisdictions to choose where the electricity provided to their residents and businesses will come from. This means that local communities can decide to procure their electricity from renewable energy sources: either by purchasing renewable electricity on the market, or more importantly, by developing local renewable energy resources in the community. Under a Community Choice energy program, the incumbent utility company (PG&E) continues to deliver electricity and service customers. Read more

Donate to Bay Localize
We would be honored to count you among our growing network of supporters to build a more livable and resilient Bay Area! Your contribution will help propel this vital work forward. A $25 donation or more not only supports Bay Localize, but also gives you a one-year subscription to the Earth Island Journal. Please help us build a more self-reliant, resilient, and equitable Bay Area, and donate.

Source: Bay Localize is a project of Earth Island Institute
Director: Corrine Van Hook and Colin Miller

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Bay Localize is looking for enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about community resilience and solutions to climate change and oil dependency. Internship and volunteer opportunities are eligible for academic credit, with approved arrangements from an accredited institution. We are also an official community service resource. Women, LGBTQI, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Why support Us

Humanity is at a turning point. We're using so much of the Earth's resources that we're endangering the very life-support systems upon which we all depend. At the same time, too many people in our communities are going without the basics to lead healthy lives. The task of our generation is to learn to live happily on fewer resources, to distribute these resources equitably, and to make our communities resilient enough to withstand the bumps in the road along the way.

The goal is clear. Reaching it means coming to terms with climate change, our addiction to oil, and deep social inequalities. Bay Localize creates innovative solutions for communities to meet basic needs in ways that harness local resources creatively, sustainably, and equitably. We catalyze change at the community level by providing tools to chart a path to resilience, and ramping up good models to scale through local policy change. Bay Localize focuses our work where we live in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, but our tools and models are replicated throughout the country and the world.

Bay Localize believes that vibrant local economies and healthy communities are the answer to our growing challenges. They are the best safeguard against global insecurity, an essential part of achieving social equity, and a vital way to enrich our day-to-day lives. Join Bay Localize in creating a hopeful and vibrant future for us all.

Help make it happen!