Sandy (Sandra) James is a city planner who champions walkable places and spaces. James was the greenways planner for the City of Vancouver, during which she developed innovative walking routes, green streets and open space projects including Blooming Boulevards, Neighbourhood Greenways, the award-winning Country Lane, and Vancouver's city wide greenways program. James also worked as a health planner for the trailblazing Dr. John Blatherwick, Vancouver's chief medical officer, and learned to incorporate synergistic, sustainable health planning in city planning policy work. Her work has taken her across North America and Europe to engage cities and neighbourhoods in creating the best walkable environments for them.
In 2005, James was named to the Vancouver Sun's Honour Roll as Neighbourhood Planner of the Year for her work in developing walkable places on Vancouver's east side. In 2009 and 2010, she worked in New York City and The Hague, Netherlands, on the Walk21 International Conference Committees. In 2011, she chaired the Walk21 Metro Vancouver Conference committee, which brought representatives of the metro Vancouver region, municipalities, universities, health authorities and Translink together to host an international conference on walkability at Simon Fraser University.
James is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planning and is a LEED Approved Professional. She is a director of Walk Metro Vancouver, an author, guest editor and TEDX speaker.