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Journal of Urban Affairs reviews From the Ground Up

By Geertje Slingerland // The contribution of the book lies in its practicality and applicability, showing us how this knowledge is operationalized in real-life cases and communities. As such, this book can be best read by fellow city-makers, urban planners, as well as researchers interested in the bottom-up approach for inspiration and to find applicable ideas for setting up community…

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The Dirt: Best Books of 2022

By Jared Green // In her review, Grace Mitchell Tada, ASLA, writes: “From activists and community organizers, landscape architects and city planners, policy makers and city officials, Sant’s cast of characters demonstrate the complexity and nuance that go into creating urban change. It’s the details from her interviews that make this book a valuable tool. Seeing how change is made…

Community Empowerment Is at the Heart of Climate Resilience

By Grace Mitchell Tada, ASLA // “This book is a call to action.” It is that invocation from Alison Sant that propels the narratives in her book — ‘From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient Cities.’ She presents how people in cities across the U.S. are creating equitable communities that can withstand the changes wrought by climate change.…

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Canadian Architect Reviews From the Ground Up

By Anne Lissett // Alison Sant’s inspiring book showcases how individual communities, local community leaders, and grassroots organizations have put the classic adage “Think global, act local” into action and made real, meaningful improvements to quality of life while reducing carbon emissions in major American cities.

Midwest Book Review: From the Ground Up

Especially and unreservedly recommended reading for environmental activists and governmental policy makers, ‘From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient Cities’ is a clarion and illustrated call to action regarding the necessity for communities to become climate resilient in the face of inexorable climate change driven impacts while acknowledging and addressing the unfortunate social and racial injustice of past…

Volunteers install stormwater features along a demonstration block in the Seventh Ward, New Orleans

The Water Collaborative features ‘From the Ground Up’

Alison Sant laid the foundation for her book with a simple premise, – best resiliency practices come from the communities that are on the front lines. After more than ninety interviews with community activists, city officials, scientists and urban designers across the country Sant’s book is finally complete. It is available online, will be hitting the bookstores in February and…