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USA Sustainable Cities Initiative: Taking Stock and Building on Existing Development Efforts

TheGlobalGoals_SanJose_ALLPhoto_2.1With over 50% of the world’s population living in urban areas, cities are crucial to the fulfillment of sustainable development. They are also testimony to the universal nature of our challenges: unemployment, deteriorating infrastructure, traffic and safety issues, sub-standard educational achievement and social exclusion.  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to address these profound challenges at the city level through clear and compelling goals, participation of all stakeholders, targeted long-term policies, and public-private investments.

NCSG Joins New Coalition to Speed Baltimore Planning Efforts

The National Center for Smart Growth joins the Innovative Housing Institute and area stakeholders to form the Opportunity Coalition, a grassroots organization who will work to educate, organize and push for positive changes and sustainable opportunity in the Baltimore region. 

Ephermal Art and Creative Placemaking Two Case Studies: Long Branch & Chestertown, MD

Ronit Eisenbach, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland College Park will discuss the creative placemaking framework and strategies. She will demonstrate the engaged role that the arts can play by sharing two of her own installation/performance projects, Placeholders and WaterLines, projects sited in commu-nities grappling with change. The former in Long Branch, MD anticipating the Purple Line’s impact and the latter on the Eastern Shore, in Chestertown, MD seeking to stimulate the economy while at the same time, protect a historic town from unwanted development and cli-mate change. 

PALS Program to Partner with Anne Arundel County, City of Annapolis

The University of Maryland’s Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability Program (PALS) has announced its fourth community partnership, this time with Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis, Md. Set to launch in August, the yearlong collaboration will match coursework across a variety of disciplines on UMD’s College Park campus with economic, environmental and social challenges prioritized by county and city governments, as they look to improve quality of life for those who work and live in the Chesapeake Bay Region. 

New Ridership Model Poised to Assist WMATA in Planning for a Changing Washington-Area

A landmark transit ridership model developed by the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) suggests that the location of job and households, the level of transit service, the cost of travel by different modes, and the level of transit fares all fundamentally shape the demand for ridership on Washington’s Metrorail system, Metro. Shared recently with Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) administrators and staff, the Origin-Destination Land Use Ridership Model (OD-LURM), helps inform the nature of rail ridership trends for Metro in the Washington metropolitan area.