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Tag Definition Related Tags
AccessibilityFocused on improving accessibility for people with disabilities. Can also mean making a tool or information more easily understood.
AdaptationA plan, project or policy focused on adapting to change, specifically climate change (examples include planting shade trees to adapt to more extreme heat days caused by climate change)
AffordabilityDecreasing the cost of something for governments, communities or residents
AgricultureLarge scale food production
AirRelating to air quality or air pollution
Alt. EnergyAlternative energy including solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear. Not fossil fuels.
Biological ScienceScience focused on the living world (people, plants, animals, etc). Can include health or ecology
BuildingsFocused on government, business and residential buildings. Can include new build or modernizing such as increasing energy efficiency
BusinessA non government organization that is not a nonprofit. Can also be an organization that focuses on business practices or a network of businesses
CarbonFocused on decreasing carbon emissions or sequestering (storing) carbon
ChildrenFocused on benefiting children (under 13 years old)
ClimateAnything to do with climate change
Climate ActionFocused on taking immediate action against climate change - often including protesting or gathering support for a policy
Climate JusticeFocused on creating climate policies and actions that ensure equity and do not discriminate. Can also include reversing or fixing injustices that were caused from a past decision.
Climate PolicyA proposed or adopted action that focuses on climate change, adaptation, resilience, etc. They can guide or enforce decisions and can be adopted by any organization including nonprofits, businesses and government
Climate RiskThe liklihood of harmful results and impacts from climate change
Communities of ColorNon-white communities
CommunityA group of people in the same location and/or with a similar ideology or shared trait
Community DevelopmentProjects and organizations focused on developing a community. Can include building or improving infrastructure.
ConservationThe practice of conserving or protecting the environment
DataInformation. Organizations that foucs on the collection or sharing of data
DesignFocused on creating new infrastructure or policies
EcologyFocused on the interaction between animals, plants and their environment
EconomyThe resources in a community or area, often financial, often built on the trade of goods and services
EducationFocused on educating communities or residents. Can include nonprofits, governments, businesses or universities and colleges.
Energy ConservationStopping wasteful energy consumption (achieved by reducing consumption such as turning off lights but also by using energy efficient devices such as using LED bulbs instead of incandescent)
Energy EfficiencyDecreasing the amount of energy required to power something such as light bulbs and cars
EnvironmentRelating to the environment (outdoor spaces, animal habitats, etc)
Environmental JusticeSimilar to Climate Justice but including any environmental policy (making sure any actions or decisions related to the environment do not cause discrimination or harm to communities). Can also include reversing or fixing injustices that were caused from a past decision.
EquityEnsuring fair and just treatment and access to resources. Can focus on health, housing, food, education, etc
FaithA religious-based organization
Flood ControlActivities to reduce or prevent impacts of floods
FoodRelating to food production, consumption or accessibility
Fossil FuelsCoal, natural gas and petroleum (crude oil) that release high levels of CO2 when burned as fuel. Organizations that explicitly mention trying to reduce fossil fuel consumption
GardeningInstalling and maintaining plants (ornamental, native and fruits/vegetables) in a residence or community garden
GHGsGreenhouse gases including CO2, methane, ozone and nitrous oxide (N2O). GHGs are responsible for the greenhouse effect and warming the planet.
GISGeographic Information System - collecting spatial data on cities, land, plants or animals
GovernmentNot a nonprofit, business or community run organization. Can be at any level of government: federal, state, county, city
Green BuildingAn environmentally friendly building - one that is energy and water efficient and may have been built using recycled or reclaimed materials
Green InfrastructureCity infrastructure that uses nature rather than traditional build such as using vegetation for storm/flood management, shade trees, and living roofs
HousingAny organization related to resident housing. Can include affordable housing.
Indigenous People
InfrastructureThe necessary components needed for a community or organization to run. Includes necessary buildings, roads and power supplies.
InnovationNew ways of thinking or processes, new applications of existing technology or new product/technology.
Just TransitionEnsuring worker's rights and livlihoods are protected when shifting to sustainable and climate friendly production/methods/policies. Example: ensuring new jobs for those who currently work in the coal industry when shifting away from coal
LaborOrganizations may focus on worker's rights. Also those focusing on workforce - the total workers in a particular region, area or community. Can also include those available to work who are currently unemployed.
Land UseOrganizations relating to the protection, restoration or development of land. Can also include organizations that work to ensure recognition of indigenous land rights. How land is used (for recreation, environmental protection, development)
MediaOrganizations that focus on the distribution of news through print, tv, radio or art
MitigationActions taken to offset or reduce the severity of consequences caused by past activities. Example: planting trees in a different area after urban development cut down trees. Example: caputuring and storing carbon to decrease the severity of climate change
NetworkThe connection of people or organizations united by something in common, including a cause, mission or trait
OceansOrganizations relating to ocean protection, restoration, research or education
Open SpaceAn area of land set aside for outdoor recreation or conservation. Often are natural. Includes urban parks and green spaces.
PlanningThe action of planning how land is used, often in the context of urban or environmental areas
PolicyA proposed or adopted action. They can guide or enforce decisions and can be adopted by any organization including nonprofits, businesses and government
Political Consulting GroupAn organization that advises or assists politicians or political campaigns
Public HealthReferring to the population's health on a broad level (such as a city level). Often in association with preventing disease or increasing wellbeing through city or community actions
Rain Forest Action
RecyclingConverting waste items into reusable items. Also, the action of sorting waste to be turned into new items.
ResearchOrganizations focused on the act of collecting data or facts
ResilienceThe ability to recover quickly from something
ScienceOrganizations that are scientific or promote science education
Social JusticeFocused on creating policies and actions that ensure equity and do not discriminate. Includes the distribution of money, opportunites and privileges
SoftwareAny organization that's focus is creating and distributing a computer program used in relation to climate, environment, etc
Stormwater RunoffRain water that passes through streets and other urban areas to a water body without treatment. Often carried pollutants often found in urban areas including car oil, garden fertilizers and pesticides.
StrategyFocused on creating plans or policy to reach a goal
SustainabilityNot depleting the Earth's resources including timber, natural land and animals used for food (fish)
Transformational ChangeCreating significant change and improvement to the way organizations, governments and societies operate
TransportationRelating to private transportation (people's cars, Uber) and public transportation (buses, trains, BART, planes) and the infrastructure in place for them (roads, railway, BART tracks, airports)
Urban FarmSmall scale farm in an urban area, often built to serve a community
Urban HealthPublic health in relation to an urban area. Can include how urban issues impact health (freeways and asthma rates)
Urban LivingRelating to housing in urban areas or the benefits/issues that are associated with living in an urban area
Urban PlanningPlanning an urban area including the location of houses, businesses, roads, and green spaces
WalkabilityHow easy it is to walk around or to an area or business. Including the location of safe crosswalks and walking paths but also the distance from a residential area to a grocery store, movie theater, school or other location
WasteItems that are thrown away or not used including food, clothing, plastic, paper, etc. Can also include water and energy waste.
WastewaterContaminated water including agricultural runoff, stormwater and sewage water.
Water ConservationStopping wasteful water consumption (achieved by reducing consumption such as reducing shower lengths and switching to water efficient appliances)
Water EfficiencyDecreasing the amount of water required in businesses and household appliances and facilities such as toilets, showers and sinks.
WatershedAn area of land where water flows through from a source (mountain, rainfall) to the ocean or bay via creeks, rivers, etc
WildlifeWild animals including birds, mammals, reptiles and insects
WomenOrganizations that focus on women's voices, policies or rights. Can also include organizations that are founded/run by women
YouthIndividuals between childhood and adulthood. Primarily including teenagers and sometimes young adults (under 24). Organizations can be youth run or serve youth.
Zero Net EnergyAlso known as "zero-energy" is when the total energy consumed is no more than what is produced. For example, a building with solar pannels that is Zero Net Energy is one that consumes only the energy that the solar pannels produce.