43 Collaboratives Along the Pacific Coast

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The Pacific Coast Collaborative serves as “a formal basis for cooperative action, a forum for leadership and information sharing, and a common voice on issues facing Pacific North America” that includes Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington. Numerous social sector, multi-partner collaboratives are working together on issues related to climate, health, equity and sustainability.

Since the majority of my consulting practice now serves various collaborative change initiatives, this list is intended to assist with the cross-pollination of ideas and people (please contact me if you have suggestions for other collaboratives to include since this list is far from complete). The list is also a way for me to reconnect with the people and places I learned from 10 years ago on my bike tour down the Pacific Coast, along with my places to retreat along the west coast.


Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Action: ARCCA’s member regional adaptation collaboratives are already coordinating and supporting climate adaptation efforts in their own regions to enhance public health, protect natural systems, build economies, and improve quality of life.

CalBike: collaborates with 16 local bicycle advocacy partners across the state for bike-friendly communities.

California Calls: “a growing alliance of 31 grassroots, community-based organizations spanning urban, rural and suburban counties across the state.We engage, educate and motivate new and infrequent voters among young people, from communities of color, and from poor and working class neighborhoods to make California’s electorate reflect our state’s diverse population.”

California Delivers: “a broad coalition of businesses, public health professionals, working families, equity organizations, consumer groups, community and faith leaders, environmental organizations, public officials, and other individuals, focused on protecting, implementing, and extending the benefits of AB 32 beyond 2020 along with other clean energy and transportation policies that benefit all Californians”

California Environmental Justice Alliance: “a statewide, community-led alliance that works to achieve environmental justice by advancing policy solutions. We unite the powerful local organizing of our members in the communities most impacted by environmental hazards – low-income communities and communities of color  – to create comprehensive opportunities for change at a statewide level.”

ClimatePlan: “partnership includes dozens of California organizations committed to improving land-use and transportation planning in California to protect our health, our communities, our climate, and our environment”

Green California: “a network of more than one hundred environmental, public health, and social justice organizations that plan, strategize and work collaboratively in order to speak to the legislature and regulatory agencies with a unified voice on issues impacting California’s air, water and natural resources.”

Healthy Places Coalition: advances public health involvement in land use and transportation planning to ensure that all neighborhoods in California promote the opportunity to live a healthy life.

Housing California: “voice in the state Capitol for children, seniors, families, people experiencing homelessness, and everyone who needs a safe, stable, affordable place to call home”

Last Chance Alliance: “an alliance of 900+ organizations united to urge Governor Gavin Newsom to: STOP new fossil fuel permits, DROP existing oil drilling, and ROLL out health and safety buffers.”


Bay Area Climate Collaborative: Creating common direction and accelerating the clean energy economy and response to climate change

Great Communities Collaborative: “a network of organizations dedicated to creating healthy, thriving, and affordable neighborhoods in the Bay Area, anchored by transit and linked to all the opportunities and amenities that make a good community truly great”

Greenbelt Alliance: “addresses a single challenge: how the Bay Area handles growth. We shape the rules that govern growth to protect the region’s open spaces and to ensure neighborhoods within our cities and towns are amazing places for everyone.”

Six Wins Network: “a bold group of strategic allies from social justice, faith, public health and environmental organizations across the Bay Area. We are the region’s only collaborative focused on targeting and shaping how regional planning decisions will affect struggling working families in the region for decades to come.”

Together Bay Area: “a regional coalition of nonprofits, public agencies, and local Native governments / organizations / communities working together for climate resilient lands – including lands that are natural, working, rural, and urban.”


Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative: a membership based collaborative network designed to promote greater climate change resilience planning coordination in the six-county Sacramento Region.


The Collaborative for Health Equity: working for equity in population health, access to culturally respectful health care, safe air and water, healthy food access, physical activity environments, and affordable, sustainable housing and development


Sierra Nevada Alliance Regional Climate Change Program: engages and supports efforts to adopt exemplary, sustainable regional plans across the Sierra


Alliance for Community Transit-LA, ACT-LA: “strives to create community transit – just, equitable, sustainable transit systems and neighborhoods for ALL people in Los Angeles, placing the interests of low-income communities and communities of color first as we create a more sustainable city”

EnviroMetro: an ad-hoc coalition to achieve green policy outcomes from a potential 2016 transportation ballot measure…for a new era of green, equitable, and healthy transportation in Los Angeles

Healthy, Equitable, Active Land Use Network: identify key ‘levers’ of opportunity to fundamentally shift land use planning practices so they promote health equity

Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative: aims to harness the changes being catalyzed by landmark transportation and environmental policies to create equitable, healthy, sustainable communities in Los Angeles County (I coordinate this collaborative).

L.A. THRIVES: a collaborative of organizations committed to equitable, transit oriented communities — transit ­oriented development that prioritizes investments in the production and preservation of affordable homes, protects the social fabric of neighbor­ hoods, and allows residents to walk, bike and take transit to shops and ser­vices

Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance: Working in partnership with the City of Los Angeles to end all traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2025…for safe and equitable streets

Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability: Southern California’s leading municipal governments, utilities, agencies, universities and organizations united to form the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)

Los Angeles Regional Food Policy Council: a collaborative network working to make Southern California a good food region for everyone- where food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable

Move LA: a broad constituency that advocates for the development of a comprehensive, diverse, robust, clean, and financially sound public transportation system for Los Angeles County and champion strategies to accelerate its implementation

See my list of 50+ collaboratives in SoCal for a full list.


San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative: a network for public agencies that serves the San Diego region to share expertise, leverage resources, and advance comprehensive solutions to facilitate climate change planning


Oregon Solutions: develop sustainable solutions to community-based problems that support economic, environmental, and community objectives and are built through the collaborative efforts of businesses, government, and non-profit organizations


Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network: a multi-sector network of educators, students, non-profits, political and industry leaders, organizations, and community members collaborating to promote sustainability education in the Portland Metro region.

Verde PDX: “…mission to build environmental wealth by investing in climate resilience through our profound belief that frontline communities are the most important voices in the climate movement…Verde is grateful to work in our community with a variety of local, regional, and national partners.”


Front and Centered: (formerly Communities of Color for Climate Justice) is a statewide coalition of organizations and groups rooted in communities of color and people with lower incomes; we’re on the frontlines of economic and environmental change. As thought leaders and organizers we build our agenda and strength with our grassroots community. Together we build power and capacity for a Just Transition that centers equity and is led by people of color.”

OneAmerica: “is the largest immigrant and refugee advocacy organization in Washington State, organizing with and advocating for diverse communities including Latinx, African, and Asian. Initially named Hate Free Zone, OneAmerica was founded immediately after September 11, 2001 to address the backlash, hate crimes, and discrimination against immigrant communities of color, primarily Muslims, Arab Americans, East Africans, and South Asians.

Transportation Choices: “Transportation Choices Coalition brings together community groups, businesses, public agencies, and individuals from across the state to work towards a common goal – more transportation choices for a stronger economy, cleaner environment, and healthier communities.”


Communities of Opportunity: “a network of residents, communities, decision-makers, and funders who believe every community can be a healthy, thriving community—and that equity and racial justice are both necessary and achievable…dedicated to eliminating racial, health, and economic disparities and to transforming how we create health and well-being for all people.”

The Emerald Alliance for People, Nature and Community: “a multicultural coalition that prioritizes conservation, healthy people, and livable communities.”

Race and Social Justice Initiative: “a partnership of twenty-five community organizations and public institutions working together to achieve racial equity in Seattle.”

Seattle for Everyone: “a broad coalition of affordable housing developers and advocates, for-profit developers and businesses, labor and social justice advocates, environmentalists and urbanists, all united to build an equitable, prosperous, thriving, and inclusive Seattle by ensuring that the benefits of the city’s growth are shared by all current and future residents – from those struggling with homelessness to wage-earners and families.”

Puget Sound Climate Collaborative: “a network of local and tribal governments, regional agencies, and organizations in the Puget Sound region working together to ensure that the economy, environment, and all residents are resilient to the impacts of climate change.”

Puget Sound Sage: “Our cross-sector approach brings together community, faith, labor, immigrant & refugee, transit, environmental and public sector partners who may not have a previous working history. We prioritize long-term relationship building, creating opportunities with our partner organizations to learn from each other and share our coalition strategies, policy analysis and research.”

Yesler Community Collaborative:“seeks to support the creation of a healthy, resilient and environmentally sustainable Yesler neighborhood. The goal is to foster social equity, economic opportunity and great educational and health outcomes for residents…”


Alaska Climate Action Network: “a statewide grassroots network of concerned citizens, scientists, Native Village leaders, renewable energy experts and community-based citizen groups united by our desire for effective action to address the ecological and climate crisis impacting our people and state.”

Know of any collaborative working on issues related to health, equity, sustainability and/or climate along the Pacific Coast? Please contact me and let me know if you have any additional suggestions for this list. Thanks.

About Ron Milam

Ron Milam, MSOD, works to transform the Pacific Coast into a sustainable region through leadership and organization development for collaborative change initiatives. Since 2005, Ron has served over 150 clients as an organization and network development practitioner.
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