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Sustainable Maryland Update
September 2017


Annual SM Leadership Training on Resiliency in November / UMD Student Project Profile /
Hyattsville: First Chevy Bolt EV Police Car 
    
Our monthly sampling of news, resources, events and other items of interest from across the sustainability spectrum in Maryland. 

Hyattsville's new all-electric Chevy Bolt police car, perhaps the first of its kind in the US
(see article below)
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
EVENTS CALENDAR
National GIS in Transit
Dates:  Sept. 6-8
Location:  Washington, DC
Link

National Drive Electric Week
Dates:  Sept. 9-17
Link

Spa Creek Conservancy PaddleFEST
Date:  September 16
Location:  Annapolis
Link

Trees Matter 2017 Early Bird Registration
Dates: September 1-30
Event Date: November 1
Location: Silver Spring Civil Center

Climate Initiatives in Maryland
Date: September 14
Location: 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis 

Webinar "Resilience: Planning for Disaster and Preparing for Disruption"
Date: September 20
Location: Webinar

Looking Ahead

Rooted in Resilience
Dates:
October 3-4
Location:
Washington, DC
Link

Smart Cities Week
Dates: October 3-5
Location: Washington, D.C.
Link

Maryland Municipal League Fall Conference (including Sustainable Maryland Certified awards ceremony!)
Dates: October
Location: Rockville
Link

Sierra Club Jamboree
Date:  October 14-15
Link

SUSTAINABLE MARYLAND COMMUNITIES IN THE NEWS


Fighting Food Deserts: Capitol Heights urban farm feeds families 
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A Guide to Hyattsville: DC's newest dining and arts destination
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How Greenbelt is Turning it's New Deal Past into a New Economy Present
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Bike path proposal approved for Cambridge park
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Takoma Park to unveil solar streetlights on Sept. 7
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SUSTAINABLE MARYLAND 2016 ANNUAL REPORT

Check out our 2016 Annual Report with info on certified municipalities, SM events and initiatives, and more!


REGISTER NOW!  SM LEADERSHIP TRAINING: BUILDING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE, Nov. 13, 15, 16

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland will host Sustainable Maryland's annual Leadership Training workshops in November. This training series fosters leadership skills to engage diverse stakeholders, reduce contention, and garner support for sustainability initiatives.

This year's workshop topic, BUILDING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE, will incorporate examples, stories and tools that will help communities: define resilience; foster strategies to develop resilience actions; and improve participants' ability to communicate the importance of resilience to residents.

3 DATES / 3 LOCATIONS
- SAME GREAT PROGRAM!

Choose the most convenient date/location: 

Monday, November 13, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Cambridge Public Safety Building, Cambridge

Wednesday, November 15, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Hyattsville City Hall, Hyattsville
Thursday, November 16, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: University System of Maryland at Hagerstown
 
REGISTRATION FEE: $35.00
(includes breakfast, lunch, program materials, free parking)

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided for attendees throughout the day. Please notify us if you have any dietary restrictions.

Questions?: Contact Mike Hunninghake at mikeh75@umd.edu or 301-405-7956

Sponsored by Sustainable Maryland

Co-sponsored by Maryland Municipal League, Maryland Association of Counties and Town Creek Foundation  
STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS
Sometimes little changes can have a big impact.
 
In the spring 2016 course at UMD- People, Places and Profit: Building Sustainable Places- undergraduate students were encouraged to find ways to make a difference in communities they care about through a semester long blog and video project. Students selected public places that were special to them and developed a plan to make that place more sustainable. 

This month's student project spotlight, Michael Wolak, selected a stretch of roadway in front of the Regents Drive Garage on the UMD College Park campus. By redesigning a section of the road into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard with separate car, bus, and bike lanes, the university would be able to improve campus walkability for students and visitors while encouraging more sustainable modes of transportation.  The inclusion of photovoltaic cells atop bus shelters, improved stormwater catchment, and student artwork displayed in a seating area protected from traffic will help the university foster better attitudes and experiences between faculty, students, and their local environment.  For more information on Michael's re-development recommendations please check out his blog and video
Michael Wolak, UMD College Park.
HYATTSVILLE'S POLICE FLEET GETS A BOLT OF ELECTRICITY

The City of Hyattsville recently purchased a new Chevy Bolt all-electric police car, believed to be the first of this model in the US to be outfitted for this purpose. SM staff assisted the City's police department in identifying funding for the vehicle via the Maryland Smart Energy Communities program, and assisted them in navigating the application process to a successful result. Read more here about Hyattsville's innovative greening of their municipal fleet.

UMD ONLINE CLASS: SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Check out the Sustainable Community Development online class offered by the University of Maryland's Environmental Finance Center and Institute for Governmental Service and Research.

When thinking about the place where you live, do you find yourself concerned about the well-being of people, perhaps including your own children or grandchildren, who will live there in years to come? And are you willing to be involved in helping to shape the future of your community? If your answers to these questions are "yes" and "yes" again, this class is for you.

This FREE class takes about 2 hours and is designed for people who want to engage with neighbors and fellow residents through their local government to make their community a more sustainable place in which future generations can enjoy living, working, and playing. Although the methods apply broadly, the class emphasizes sustainable community development for counties and municipalities in the State of Maryland. And for municipal residents of Maryland, the class provides an introduction to the Sustainable Maryland program.

Take the class! 
   
QUOTE

"We had gone to bed in summer, and we awoke in autumn; for summer passes into autumn in some unimaginable point of time, like the turning of a leaf
."

--
Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Other Writings
 
 

Sustainable Maryland is an initiative of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. It is a free and voluntary program designed to help Maryland communities choose a direction for their sustainability efforts, improve access to resources needed to implement action, and recognize their accomplishments. Our sponsors include the Town Creek Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maryland Municipal League. For more information about how your municipality can register in the Sustainable Maryland program, plus customized Green Team training and access to student resources that are available to provide consultancy services for municipal planning, please contact 301-405-7956 or mikeh75@umd.edu   

Mike Hunninghake
Program Manager 
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