Our Mission

Climate Action Now! (CAN!) cultivates educational and ecological resilience by removing pavement to create organic gardens.

Our Values

We believe that all people (regardless of class privilege, ethnicity, gender, ability or age) deserve access to clean drinking water, safe open-spaces, nutritious organic food and healthy meaningful work.  

All of our programs work to cultivate social changes that lead to sustainability in these areas.

Our Goals

As a certified 501(c)-3 non-profit organization based in San Francisco, California, CAN! partners with various educational institutions and governmental agencies (as well as other organizations) to achieve the following goals:

Removal of 100,000 ft2 of pavement in the City of San Francisco by 2020.

Increase access to, and use of, clean renewable energy.

Restore San Francisco watersheds and ecosystems to cultivate habitat for valuable pollinators and other local wildlife.

Engage multicultural communities in the production and increased consumption of local organic vegetables and fruits.

Encourage residential water reductions and increased permeability of privately held properties within the City and County of San Francisco.

Decrease consumption of oil, gasoline, natural gas and red meat thanks to broad educational campaigns regarding climate change.

Promote hands-on garden education within the City by cultivating standards-based programming in the SFUSD related to climate change education.

History

What began as a teen field trip program, based out of the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the California Academy of Sciences in 2011, has blossomed into a robust and productive grassroots organization.

Educationally, CAN! has provided thousands of San Franciscans with direct access to nature in their schools, homes and places of work.  By removing pavement exactly where students study and SF residents reside, CAN! is cultivating direct nature-human contact.  Studies show that the more contact individuals have with nature (especially young people) the more likely they will be to care about nature while makings choices that conserve nature.

With support from our partners CAN! has successfully removed over 22,000 ft2 of pavement in San Francisco to date, mostly at SFUSD public schools.

Partnering with various school communities, public agencies and private residents, CAN!’s program areas include environmental education, watershed and ecological restoration, cultural landscape preservation, green infrastructure cultivation and green jobs development.

Climate Action Now! is a grassroots organization, fiscally sponsored by the SF Parks Alliance.  

Awards



Awarded Best Community Challenge Grant Project – 2015.

Neighborhood Empowerment Network




SF Beautiful 2017 “Activation Award” for Playland @ 43rd Avenue

San Francisco Beautiful




” Golden Gate Award” nomination for the CAN! Bayview Watershed Project

San Francisco Beautiful


Public Partners

Financial support provided by:

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