Maryland organizations and individuals involved in development or preservation projects that successfully advance community revitalization or resource protection are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Sustainable Growth awards. The Sustainable Growth Commission this week announced its third annual award program to highlight projects, organizations or individuals who are advancing smart growth and effective stewardship and, by extension, creating quality communities. Eligible organizations and individuals may apply themselves or nominate others.
The Sustainable Growth Awards promote exemplary work that represents or inspires collaboration, innovation, conservation and community improvement. They shine a light on people, organizations and projects that realize the 12 planning visions established in 2009 by the Maryland General Assembly, from transportation systems to public participation to community design.
The award categories include: leadership and service, smart growth communities and preservation/conservation. The categories also offer a wide range of opportunities for those working in smart growth to be recognized. Work must have been completed within the last two years.
The awards ceremony will take place in January 2015 as part of a larger forum to be organized to showcase smart growth principles. All Maryland organizations and individuals are eligible to apply; self-nominations are encouraged.
Last year's award went to 10 winners throughout the state. The slate of awardees showcased the diversity of smart growth work in Maryland, from the president of the Maryland Institute College of Art for efforts to revitalize Baltimore City to farmland protection efforts in Kent County.