Connecting our communities to nature
The Santa Clara Valley region is rich in beautiful natural landscapes and a great diversity of wildlife, plants, and habitats. Our region is also fortunate to be rich in human diversity - including culture, language, interests, and abilities, among many others.
To better understand the residents and communities we serve and their unique needs, the Authority conducted a community assessment that provides a detailed picture of our jurisdiction. The Understanding Our Community report, received by the Authority Board of Directors in 2015, identifies barriers that prevent some residents from going outdoors to enjoy nature and receive its many health benefits.
The Authority uses the data contained within the report to inform our Measure Q Grant Programs, guide our Environmental Education programs to the areas of greatest need, and prioritize and inform all of our Community Engagement activities, such as events, community meetings, and outreach.
An important aspect of the Authority's commitment to providing acess to all our constituents is that our preserves, events, and programs are always free to the public.
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The Understanding Our Community report informs the Authority's implementation of its Measure Q Grant Programs. The report guides the Measure Q Urban Open Space Grant Program, that invests in urban projects and neighborhoods that will have the greatest impact in providing access to nature. The report also advises the Measure Q Environmental Education Grant Program, which funds nature and science-based environmental education for children, adults, and families free of charge.