What We Do
Grassroots Ecology works collaboratively with local governments, public agencies, schools, corporations, individuals, and other non-profits to care for the lands and waters of Silicon Valley. Each year over 10,000 people of all ages learn about and improve their local environment by participating in our programs.
From its coastal wetlands to its mountains, Silicon Valley has a rich natural legacy. Located within a globally recognized hotspot for biodiversity, it provides habitat for thousands of plant and animal species—some of which exist nowhere else on the planet. At the same time, Silicon Valley is home to over three million people and some of the largest tech companies in the world.
While the close intersection of urban and wild makes our region a wonderful place to live, it also creates some challenges: increased flood and fire risk, degraded and fragmented habitat, contaminants in our soil and waterways, and the proliferation of invasive species at the expense of biodiversity. These issues—all exacerbated by global climate change—chip away at our environmental health and community health.
At Grassroots Ecology, we believe that it is all of our responsibility to sustain the health of our local environment. To create robust ecosystems that can adapt and thrive in the face of a changing climate and a changing world, we work collaboratively to:
- Reintroduce beneficial, locally native plants to open spaces and gardens
- Improve forage, shelter, and habitat features for wildlife
- Create rain gardens, water catchment systems, and drought-resilient ecosystems
- Reduce and monitor pollution in our creeks and bay.
Together we are imbuing the values of environmental sustainability into our neighborhoods, parks, homes, schools, and businesses.