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Asphalt to Ecosystems


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Sharon Gamson Danks is an environmental planner and founding partner of Bay Tree Design, inc. in Berkeley, California,


"Danks' book exemplifies planning's comprehensive approach to design and community engagement. She demonstrates that sustainability goes well beyond green technologies encompassing the patterns of place and envisioning schools and schoolyards as centers of community." -- Jeffrey L. Soule, FAICP, Director of Outreach and International Programs, American Planning Association
"The carefully crafted text, profusely illustrated with closely observed examples, convincingly demonstrates how ecologically rich environments can serve the triumvirate of children's play, learning, and education and the good health of both children and planet." -- Robin Moore, MCP, Director, The Natural Learning Initiative, North Carolina State University. Co-author * Natural Learning: The Life History of an Environmental Schoolyard *
"This is a beautiful book, loaded with compassion for children and deep understanding of the learning process. It is not just a primer on ecological landscaping in the curriculum, but a blueprint for a greener and smarter curriculum." -- David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College, author * Ecological Literacy *
"Sharon Danks' Asphalt to Ecosystems is a wonderful introduction to the design ideas that can transform a traditional schoolyard into a place where such vital learning can occur, under the wise and skillful guidance of the growing movement of educators dedicated to education for sustainable living." -- Zenobia Barlow, Cofounder and Executive Director, The Center for Ecoliteracy
"Parents, teachers, school administrators, and community planners will all find this book both helpful and revealing; children will find the results magical." -- Marlene Y. Satter * Foreword Reviews *
"This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to transform -- or continue transforming -- their schoolyard, park or outdoor community space. It will cause you to look at your children's or student's play space with brand new eyes... and that's a very good thing. Every school administrator and park official should have a copy of this inspiring manual on her desk." -- Anna Nagro, Founder of GardenABCs

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