About PALS


How does PALS work?

PALS will select a local government with which to work for an academic year (two semesters) and ask that local government to identify specific sustainability challenges with which they would like assistance from the University of Maryland.   These challenges could include things like urban revitalization, storm water or solid waste management, economic development, social service management, communications, social media, financial management, public health, environmental protection, culture and arts, and more. PALS staff will then look for faculty who teach existing courses from across campus who are willing to focus their course or course project/case studies on the challenges identified by the chosen local government.

Who can participate in PALS?

Any city, town, county or community government office can apply for to partner with the PALS. Agreeing on the partnership requires a one-year commitment of coordination and a modest financial contribution to defray faculty and student expenses.

What sorts of issues can PALS help your community address?

  • Expanding your job base or attracting new jobs
  • Managing your energy supplies efficiently
  • Assuring water quality and conservation
  • Meeting stormwater and land use regulations
  • Taking your recycling program to the next level
  • Exploring new funding methods for fire and police
  • Engaging minority and low-income communities
  • Creating wellness programs
  • Using social media effectively
  • Anticipating climate change
  • Capturing the value of public investment through tax increment finance
  • Making targeted investments in transportation
  • Promoting tourism as economic development
  • Revitalizing aging communities


PALS Brochure
PALS Informational Flyer
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PALS Partnership Brochures


For more information contact:

PALS Director, Kimberly Fisher

NCSG Director, Gerrit Knaap

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