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The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) is administered by the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). It 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. 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.

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  • Capital Overlook Apartments 

    Cashen, Shea (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2018)
    Considering the economics, demographics and the background of the site, the vision for its development is an affordable residential project. The area surrounding the site is home to a older housing stock, with little to ...
  • Fairmount Park Apartments 

    Zhang, Lanlan (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2018)
    Fairmount Park Apartments is the first rental apartment building in the Town of Fairmount Heights, Maryland, adjacent to Washington, D.C. It is a sustainable and community-oriented mixed-use development on 4.4 acres, of ...
  • Bulldog Development: 5345 Sheriff Road Feasibility Study 

    Horwitz, Michael (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2018)
  • Watershed Restoration Prioritization Project 

    Mathias, Sheryl; Zhang, Binguan; Zhang, Xinyun (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2018)
    The goal is to serve DoE’s mission to improve water quality and satisfy the Federal Mandate to meet the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirement of ...
  • Visualizing Recreational Trails: Montgomery County, Maryland 

    Bondarenko, Iryna; Gibson, Hunter; Pepe, Lauren; Donaldson, David; Sun, Jane; Zhou, Weiyi (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2018)
    At the request of the Montgomery County Department of Parks, eight county recreation trails were visualized via 360° photos and video, to help develop a state-of-the-art bike stress index tailored toward mountain bike ...

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