UMD PALS Projects
The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) at the University of Maryland (UMD) is a new, campus-wide initiative that enlists faculty expertise and student ingenuity to offer fresh solutions to challenges facing Maryland communities. Administered by the National Center for Smart Growth at UMD, the PALS mission is to provide high-quality, low-cost assistance to local governments while creating an active and valuable real-world learning experience for UMD graduate and undergraduate students.
Planning & Development
The City of Frederick is the pilot venue for PALS, launching for Fall 2014 through Spring 2015 academic year. The City and PALS developed a list of 45 candidate projects covering a wide range of issues including planning and development, the environment and social issues. Responding to widespread interest, PALS has successfully paired 24 of these projects with faculty from 9 different programs across campus with the relevant expertise. The partnership will involve approximately 50,000 student hours in this campus-wide effort to promote sustainability in one community.
- Analysis of Site C-2
- Carroll Creek Algae
- City Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Community Outreach to Minority-Owned Businesses along Frederick's Golden Mile
- Comparison of Three Neighborhoods
- Downtown Hotel Analysis
- Downtown Walking Tour
- East Street
- Frederick Municipal Airport
- Reimagining 6 New Neighborhoods
- Renn Farm
- US 15 Greenhouse Gas and Traffic Analysis