350 Bay Area Major Accomplishments

 

 

Year

 

Major Accomplishment

 

Category

 

2019 The Youth Climate Strike and Rally organized entirely by youth on March 15th was the largest youth march ever in Bay Area history. Our youth-led group Youth vs Apocalypse organized this successful action.
We Empower Youth
2019 Youth versus Apocalypse, with Earth Guardians and Sunrise, met with Congresswoman Dianne Feinstein and staffers to ask her to support the Green New Deal. The video went viral on the internet which has now grossed 10.2 million views on Twitter alone and counting having significant impact on its support.
We Empower Youth
2018 We blocked AB 813, a bill that would have linked California’s energy grid to coal producing states, exposed us to increasingly partisan Federal regulatory authority, and forced us to accept power from particularly aggregious coal fired power plants.
We Shape Policy – Energy
2019 Thanks in large part to the work of 350 Bay Area’s Policy Analyst, Jed Holtzman, SF will shut down an oil field on property it owns in Kern County: 82 oil wells will stop production. The decision was prompted by the Keep it in the Ground legislation passed in 2016, an effort led by 350 SF/350 BA. The land will be sold with covenants that ban fossil fuel extraction.
We Shape Policy – Energy
2019 350 BA is part of an alliance of community groups which pushed Berkeley to officially become the first city in the U.S. to ban natural gas in new homes starting Jan 1st, 2020. We Shape Policy – Energy
Ongoing At the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), we have legal standing to provide our input on several key issues. Our work there has successfully protected clean energy production in California, protecting rooftop solar net metering incentives and ameliorating efforts to hamstring the formation and operations of Community Choice Energy providers and to slow down development of more local Distributed Energy Resources (DER) like microgrids or smaller solar/wind farms.
We Shape Policy – Energy
2015 We played an integral role in helping to pass SB 350 in the state legislature, supported Community Choice Energy program start-ups, and stepped up to become a legal “party” at the CPUC to advocate for continuation of a strong state-wide net-metering policy that incentivizes rooftop solar. To achieve this, we helped deliver 130,000 petitions from around the state in support of net metering, the most letters ever received by the PUC on a single issue.
We Shape Policy – Energy
Ongoing

We’ve helped successfully declare climate emergencies in Bay Area jurisdictions, sparking a movement that now includes 14 jurisdictions: Alameda, Berkeley, Chico, Cupertino, El Cerrito, Fairfax, Hayward, Mendocino County, Oakland, Petaluma, Richmond, San Francisco, City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County and counting…

We Shape Policy – Climate Emergency Declarations
2018 Youth vs Apocalypse, a diverse group of student leaders, played a significant role in shutting down the proposal to bring coal to the Port of Oakland.
We Shape Policy – Emissions
2017 At the Bay Area’s Air District, after we pressured the staff, for many years, to set a
firm commitment of
80% reduction of carbon pollution emissions under their
jurisdiction by 2050, it passed a first in the nation, regional climate action plan, Spare the Air – Cool the Climate. We continue to pressure staff to implement that plan.
We Shape Policy – Emissions
2018 350 Bay Area leads in the effort to organize a climate town hall with elected officials, staff and community groups from cities and counties across the Bay Area, providing an arena for local elected officials to share resources as they develop plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We Shape Policy – Emissions
2015 We played a role in helping successfully pass SB 185, a first-in-the-nation state bill requiring the nation’s two largest state pension plans to divest from coal. Next step “divest the rest”.
We Shape Policy – Divestment
2018 350 Bay Area’s Legislative team, working in coalition with many allies, helped get SB100, California’s bill to achieve 100% Clean Energy by 2045, successfully passed into law. We helped organize a big lobby day with state-wide attendance, and successfully moved the bill out of a key committee. SB 100 is an important signal to innovators and the world that a 100% clean electric grid is possible, affordable, reliable, and inevitable.
We Shape Policy / We Build Coalitions
2015 We formed and led CA Clean Climate Coalition which successfully helped pass SB 350, mandating 50% renewable energy and doubling energy efficiency in buildings by 2030.
We Build Coalitions / We Shape Policy
2019 350 BA helped bring 30 Bay Area elected officials, aides, and city staff from all Bay Area counties to a strategy session in San Francisco to build for a regional Climate Emergency Mobilization summit. Another is scheduled.
We Build Coalitions
2019 We hosted a Statewide Convergence of all California local 350 groups (about 24 groups represented). We shared skills, forwarded a statewide structure, and identified key issues to address in CA over the coming years.
We Build Coalitions
2015 We launched Fossil Free California, a statewide coalition calling for CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest from fossil fuels, on Global Divestment Day.
We Build Coalitions
2018 On September 8, we were instrumental in helping mobilize the largest climate action ever on the West Coast to demand real climate leadership from the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) — ”to keep fossil fuels in the ground and move towards a just, equitable and resilient 100% renewable energy economy. . .” 30,000 people took to the streets of San Francisco for the RISE for Climate, Jobs, and Justice march.
We Mobilize Masses
2015 We brought over 3,000 activists to the streets leading up to the COP-21 in Paris with the NorCal Climate Mobilization.
We Mobilize Masses
2016 For the Break Free from Fossil Fuels protest in LA we brought buses of our members to march with 2,500 people. 11 of our members (out of 21 total) risked arrest the next day by shutting down Aliso Canyon, site of the largest methane leak ever in US. Extensive media coverage in the area brought more action on the issue.
We Mobilize Masses
2015 We hosted the largest Anti-Fracking Rally in U.S. History, in Oakland, with thousands from around the state in the March for Real Climate Leadership.
We Mobilize Masses
2019 Napa Climate Now formally joined the 350 Bay Area family, enhancing our regional organizing capacity now with five regional groups working cohesively (East Bat, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and Napa)
We Mobilize Masses
on-going Since 2012, we have given hundreds of talks and presentations to thousands of people throughout the Bay Area on climate awareness and how to take effective action.
We Educate
2014 350 Bay Area’s Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions Climate Conference was the first-ever grassroots climate conference featuring activists and leading scientists addressing technical and political climate topics in the Bay Area and beyond.
We Educate
2018 We received the Global Citizen Leadership Award from the United Nations Association’s East Bay Chapter for our work to mitigate the impacts of climate change as it pertains to the human right of a livable climate.
We Receive Awards
2019 We had our seven year anniversary! We are stronger now than ever with thousands of volunteers and tens of thousands of supporters.
We Receive Awards