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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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  • Aging in Place in Howard County: A Survey of Older Adults 

    Amjed, Owais; Bravo, Joselin; Coulibaly, Dandio; Datagni, Ifare; Dialino, Karmel; Duong, Jenny; Duran, Janice; Ewane, Leticia; Flores, Nancy; Giron, Christopher; Goli, Yasaman; Goonewardene, Dilani; Harrison, Tiffany; Hong, Mason; Jackson, Jonee; Jang, Michelle; Le, Thy; Lopez, Elizabeth; Nallo, Satta; O'Neal, Aleeyah; Ramirez, Flor; Riesberg, Kristen; Saliente, Keith; Sande, Thokozani; Smet, Brenna; Thomas, Tenyamen; Villanueva, Juan; Young-Sebok, Orsolya (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2016)
    This report is a compilation of original research conducted by students in the course SPGL498G, Pubic Health in the City, during the spring 2016 semester at the University of Maryland College Park. (See Appendix A) Students ...
  • Montgomery Parks Outreach Strategy and Implementation Plan 

    Carstens, Rachel; Yourougou, Catherine; Davies, Justin; Torruella, Tatiana (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2017)
    CJRT is engaged in developing a long-term minority outreach engagement strategy and implementation plan for Montgomery Parks, an agency within the Maryland-National Capital Planning Park Commission (MNCPPC). Montgomery ...
  • PALS: Neighborhood Identification, City of Frederick, Maryland 

    Boston, David; Choudhry, Razia; Davis, Chris (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2014)
    This report aims to address questions on changing socio-economic and physical conditions in Frederick and how those conditions could formulated into a new neighborhood identification system. This report recommends that ...
  • Analysis of Proposed Hotel and Conference Center in Downtown Fredrick, MD 

    Kim, Won; Beaver, Ryan; Adam, Rebecca; Hedberg, Shawn; Kirsch, Nick; Klink, Andrew (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2014)
    The City of Frederick has joined with PALS and the University of Maryland Smith School of Business to assess a proposed hotel and conference center planned for downtown Frederick. They are particularly interested in assessing ...
  • A Comparison of the Accessibility of Three Neighborhoods’ Institutions and Amenities in Frederick, MD 

    Hampton, Elizabeth; Johansson, Christopher; Demireva, Yana; Engel, Albert (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2014)
    Frederick is a city of neighborhoods. We studied three neighborhoods in the southern part of the City: Downtown—the area of downtown Frederick, South—the area to the immediate south and west of downtown, and West—the area ...

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