Urban Environmentalists


Learn about the pro-housing movement and how you can make housing more affordable near you!


We are people working towards a future of cities and towns with abundant housing, work and play only a short bike or transit ride away; safe and independent mobility for all; lively and green public spaces; clean air and water; and affordability for all who wish to live there.


  1. Environmentalism. All people are entitled to healthy communities and environments that are supportive of human life and the life of non-human species. We believe that achieving this requires a stable climate.
  2. Building for people. We promote vibrant, diverse urban communities that nurture their inhabitants and benefit society, and provide abundant housing and opportunities for all.​
  3. Sharing space. We value efficient, equitable use of all limited, shared resources; in particular, our planet’s land is an essential, fixed resource whose benefits should be broadly shared.


Urban Environmentalists has chapters in Illinois, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, with roughly 10,000 activists nationwide. Our work is driven by our grassroots volunteer Leads, Advisory Board, and activists like you. We are a part of the YIMBY Action network.

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Take action

Contact officials, sign petitions, and take other action to push for change.

Current actions

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Upcoming events

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Our Solutions

Policies we support

Legalize Housing

Allow more housing in every neighborhood, especially historically affluent and exclusionary neighborhoods, removing barriers to both subsidized affordable and market rate housing

Fix Incentives

Reform structures that incentivize communities to say no to new homes, including tax systems and car centric transportation systems.

Streamline Permitting

Make housing permits fast and fair, removing arbitrary barriers to both subsidized affordable and market rate housing.

Increase Housing Stability

Enact policies that support current residents having stable housing choices amid growth.

Fund Affordable Housing

Increase funding for subsidized affordable housing through a wide variety of mechanisms, including direct subsidies.