Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards

2022 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards Ceremony

Presented by the Maryland Department of Planning

The Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards celebrate significant achievement by individuals, businesses, organizations and local governments to realize the 12 planning visions adopted by the Maryland General Assembly. The awards promote exemplary work that represents or inspires collaboration, innovation, conservation, community impact and quality of life.

The 10th annual Sustainable Growth Awards presentation was held as virtual ceremony on November 17, 2022.

2022 Sustainable Growth awards

The Maryland Department of Planning recognized the following people and projects during an awards ceremony on November 17, 2022. See Press Release​

Leadership & Service

For activities or accomplishments that advance public appreciation, understanding, or involvement in promoting smart growth and sustainable communities at the state, regional, or lo​cal level.​

Delegate Jim Gilchrist


Kathy Christian


Preservation and Conservation

For accomplishments in protecting or improving farms, forests, natural resources and the waters of Maryland.

Lake Churchill Stream Restoration


Wild Kid Acres


Sustainable Communities

For facilitating or creating development that addresses at least one or more of Maryland’s 12 Planning Visions.

Kent Attainable Housing​


Towson Univer​​sity - Greenberg Gibbons Armory Renovation​


Gaithersburg Lakeforest Mall Master Plan


WalkHoward Plan


Honorable Mention

Purple Line Corridor Coalition 

The Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), established in 2013, has its administrative home at the University of Maryland's National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG). Employing a collective impact strategy, the PLCC brings diverse stakeholders together to develop policies and actions leading to sustainable development that is racially and economically equitable. 

Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO)’s Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program

​​MARBIDCO is a quasi-public economic development organization chartered to help Maryland's farm (typically small and family-owned), forestry, and seafood businesses to prosper through the provision of targeted financial and other services. MARBIDCO ‘s Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program (Next Gen) is available to help qualified young or beginning farmers who have trouble entering the agricultural profession due to relatively high farmland costs and lack of access to adequate financial capital to purchase farmland.


​​Powell Bu​ilding

In November 2020, Gillis Gilkerson completed the redevelopment of downtown Salisbury's historic Powell Building, transforming it into a mixed-use luxury apartment building. The 45,000 square foot, five-story building features 20 industrial design luxury apartment units and 7,500 square feet of street level retail space. It is located in the heart of the downtown business and historic district of Salisbury in Wicomico County.

​​​College Park ​City Hall 

The College Park City Hall project is a unique joint venture between the City of College Park, the University of Maryland (UMD), and the Terrapin Development Company (TDC). Rather than simply renovate City Hall, the project team came together to acquire an entire city block of property. The resulting redevelopment is a 90,000 square foot building divided into three condominium units. 

​Frost​burg City Hall / Police Station Renovation 

The City of Frostburg re-purposed the old police station into the current police station and City Hall, located at 37 Broadway Street in Frostburg. Since the city was operating two buildings that had significant deferred maintenance and neither building was accessible to disabled persons, the redevelopment/rehabilitation of 37 Broadway enabled both City Hall and the Police Department to have modern office spaces that are safe and efficient. The new building features energy-efficient design components, all LED lighting, lighting occupancy centers, insulation, and energy efficient windows. 


​Fairland and Briggs Cha​​ney Planning Area Scenarios
(UMD Studio) 

The Fall 2021 Community Planning Studio at the University of Maryland, College Park, conducted a planning analysis, which developed three planning scenarios for the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Planning Area located in eastern Montgomery County. Fairland and Briggs Chaney straddles the Route 29 corridor, a major regional transportation and commuter route linking Howard County to the north. ​

Entire Awards Ceremony​


 Ceremony Photos


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