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

The NCSG is once again hosting a conference addressing the future sustainability of America’s suburbs. Registration is now open.

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Crowd Sourcing Webinar on April 22

How can crowd-sourcing be used to better understand local issues and guide response actions? Join us on April 22 at noon when Zorica Nedović-Budić from Dublin visits the NCSG for a Brownbag Webinar.

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Makeover Montgomery Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for Makeover Montgomery 3, a three-day conference exploring planning and design topics related to the sharing economy, social equity and transforming communities without transit. Check out the promo video and register today!

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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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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

The average parcel size inside Maryland's PFAs increased from 0.25 to 0.28 acres between 1990 and 2004.

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