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Environmental city planner, Sharon Danks (
firstname.lastname@example.org), MLA-MCP, is founder and
director of Green Schoolyards America, based in Berkeley, California. Sharon’s professional work and
passion is focused on transforming school grounds into vibrant public spaces that reflect and enhance
local ecology, nurture children as they learn and play, and engage the community. Her current work
focuses on scaling up the living schoolyard movement and integrating school ground use, design, and
management with green urban infrastructure planning. Sharon has facilitated green schoolyard master
planning processes for more than three-dozen schools and has shaped school districts’ approaches to
schoolyard greening. She is the author of the book Asphalt to Ecosystems. Sharon also co-founded
the International School Grounds Alliance and the design firm, Bay Tree Design. In 2015, Sharon was
honored to become an Ashoka Affiliate.
Cam Collyer (
email@example.com) is the Executive Director, Programs at Evergreen, based in
Toronto, Ontario. He oversees and develops Evergreen’s evolving national suite of programs that
connect people, the natural, and the built world to make cities flourish. Since joining Evergreen in
1997, Cam developed Evergreen’s national award-winning school ground greening program into
an international leader in the field, developed the award-winning suite of children’s programs at
Evergreen Brick Works, and has overseen national initiatives engaging communities in neighborhood
greening and food gardening. A co-founder of the International School Grounds Alliance, Cam sits on
the board of directors for Green Teacher magazine and Green Schoolyards America, is on the national
advisory committee for Parks for All, and the Canadian Outdoor Play Working Group. Cam is a regular
presenter at conferences, universities, and in the media on topics of children and nature, school
ground greening, and outdoor play and learning.