“Alison Sant’s adoration of urban ecosystems is palpable in From the Ground Up. Starting from the soil, she walks with leaders in cities’ natural resources and follows the interconnectedness of the streams below our sidewalks and the branches that brush our skyscrapers, the waters that lap our coastlines, and the people in neighborhoods who make it all possible. For those of us planning amidst multiple interconnected crises, Sant’s From the Ground Up is a critical reminder that the best solutions are led by communities first.”
“Resiliency is more than infrastructure, organization, finance, and process. It’s all those things, but first and foremost, it’s about people seizing the resources at hand and taking control of our collective destiny. This is hard work, but fortunately, in this great read, Alison Sant points the way.”
—Anthony A. Williams, CEO and Executive Director, Federal City Council; former Mayor of the District of Columbia
Foreword and Essays By
Eric W. Sanderson
Eric W. Sanderson is a senior conservation ecologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society and the author of Manahatta: A Natural History of New York City and Terra Nova: The New World after the Oil, Cars, and Suburbs.
Tamika L. Butler
Tamika L. Butler, esq., is a national expert on the built environment and equity. She is the founder of Tamika L. Butler Consulting, LLC and previously served as the director of equity and inclusion at Toole Design and as executive director of both the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition. She is currently pursuing her PhD in urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mami Hara, formerly with the Philadelphia Water Department, is the general manager and chief executive officer of Seattle Public Utilities. She is board chair of the US Water Alliance, a board member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and founder of the Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange.
Kristina Hill is an associate professor of landscape architecture, environmental planning, and urban design at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on urban ecology and hydrology in relation to physical design and social justice issues. Her primary area of work is in adapting urban districts and shore zones to the new challenges associated with climate change.