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.

An Overview of PALS


PALSUniversity of MarylandThe City of Frederick