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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.

Recent Submissions

  • 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 ...
  • Susceptibility of Montgomery Park Trees to Emerging Invasive Pests 

    Derato, Justin; Gump, Kelsey; Himmelsbach, Nan; Lank, Sarah; Peterson, Marina; Simpson, Bradley; Wartman, Maggie; Zhang, Tianchi (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2018)
    This report provides recommendations to the Montgomery County Department of Parks on the management of four invasive pests: Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), oak ...
  • Locust Grove Nature Center 

    Evans, Carey; Ferguson, Katie; Parker, Pam; Rahmati, Afrouz; Rausch, Matt; Simpson, Lotoia; Velez-Lopez, Sebastian; Zhang, Keren (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2017)
    Today Locust Grove Nature Center is housed in a small, aging retrofit facility adapted from a toboggan run that opened its doors in 1972, operating for a few short years before shuttering in 1977. The current demand for ...
  • Economic Impacts of Montgomery County’s Parks 

    Docal, Theresa; Fobare, Morgan; Jaffee, Natalia; Jjemba, Daniel; Mitchell, Michael; Reed, Carly (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), 2017)
    This project’s goal is to analyze how the presence and quality of local parks and open spaces affects adjacent property values and the local economy, and to gauge the public perception of parks in Montgomery County to ...

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