New Report Generating a Buzz

New study with Urban Institute and Institute of Transportation Studies looks at links between transportation, housing and economic opportunity for voucher recipients.

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Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS)

PALS is a new, campus-wide initiative designed to provide high-quality, low-cost assistance to local governments while creating valuable real-world problem solving experience for UMD students. 

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Purple Line Corridor Coalition

The NCSG has formed a coalition to stimulate sustainable and equitable economic development throughout the Purple Line corridor without displacing affordable housing or small businesses.

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Makeover Montgomery 3: Balancing Change in America’s Suburbs

In May 2016, the NCSG hosted a widely-attended conference addressing the future sustainability of America’s suburbs.

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John Griffin Joins UMD’s National Center for Smart Growth

Former O’Malley Chief of Staff John Griffin joins the National Center for Smart Growth as a Center Affiliate. An award-winning conservationist, Griffin holds an extensive resume of environmental work for the state, tackling issues ranging from Bay restoration and sustainable fishing practices to the development of green jobs. He served as Governor O’Malley’s chief of staff from 2013 until the end of his term in 2015.

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MM3 Keynote Address by Karen Chapple

300+ participants. 91 presenters. 47 presentations. 27 sessions. 3 session tracks. 1 great conference. MM3 was held in early May and kicked off with a keynote address at the University of Maryland.

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New Report: Impact Analysis of a Beverage Container Deposit Program

The University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, with support from the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc. and the Abell Foundation, recently completed a study on a prospective beverage container deposit program in Maryland. The study looked at potential impacts on recycling rates, employment, beverage sales, and greenhouse gas emissions. 

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New Program to Improve Air Quality at Port of Baltimore

The Maryland Port Administration (MPA)/Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced today that it is providing funding to enhance the Mid-Atlantic Dray Truck Replacement Program, which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and administered by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA) and the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center.

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Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act and the Impact on Residential Development and Forest Cover Change

We analyze the effects of a unique forest conservation regulation on residential development and assess the additionality in forest cover due to this regulation. We combine panel data on forest cover change from satellite imagery and parcel-level modeling on residential development, including residential subdivisions occurring before and after regulation adoption. Our results indicate that after introducing the regulation, there was a 22% increase in forest cover within subdivisions relative to the amount without the regulation. The heterogeneous effects of this regulation suggest that forest cover increased on average for parcels with lower levels of existing forest cover. However, parcels with the highest levels of forest cover continue to have significant decreases in forest cover, despite the regulation, thereby resulting in fragmentation in regions with the most intact forest cover.

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The Effect of Downzoning for Managing Residential Development and Density

This study analyzes the effect of a downzoning policy on both the rate and density of residential development using a difference-in-differences (DID) approach. Spatially explicit panel data on subdivisions are exploited to estimate average treatment effects for downzoned areas. Our results indicate that although downzoning does not significantly alter the rate of development, it does strongly affect the density of development. The lower density in agricultural zoning relative to the residential control area is only partly attributable to downzoning because, as our DID results indicate, it is important to control for baseline differences that exist prior to policy adoption.

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Smart Growth Facts

New firms tend to arise in locations with a large number of jobs nearby.

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