Programs

The National Center for Smart Growth has played a major role in the establishment of several University of Maryland programs.  Learn more about these programs through the links below.

Purple Line Corridor Coalition

The Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), is a partnership of regional stakeholders across Montgomery County and Prince George's County working to ensure that investments in the MTA's planned light rail, the Purple Line, will offer the maximum economic, social, and environmental opportunities to the residents and businesses along the corridor. Formed in 2013 by the NCSG, the PLCC seeks to identify methods for preservation and economic growth, revitalizing and stabilizing neighborhoods, preserving community assets, supporting small businesses, connecting workers to jobs and creating healthy and vibrant communities. Learn more...

Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability

The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) is a campus-wide initiative that harnesses the expertise of UMD faculty and the energy and ingenuity of UMD students to help Maryland communities become more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Administered by the NCSG, PALS is designed to provide innovative, low-cost assistance to local governments while creating real-world problem-solving experiences for University of Maryland graduate and undergraduate students. Learn more...

EDA University Center

A grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) designates the University of Maryland as an EDA University Center. Through the Center, which is a joint program with Morgan State University, faculty and students work with local governments to assist in their economic development efforts by helping create an innovative economy that fosters economic growth and high quality jobs. Learn more...

Campus Community Connection

Working with local government jurisdictions near the University of Maryland in College Park, Campus Community Connection has developed community-based projects for exploration by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. Project goals are aimed at greater sustainability and resiliency for the University and its surrounding community, strengthening ties between the campus and its neighbors, and fulfilling academic objectives while providing real-world experience and visible results for participants. Learn more...