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​Nominations for the 2020 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards

Presented by the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission
2016 Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission AwardThe 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 eighth annual awards are presented by the commission and are the highest level of recognition for managed growth and development in the state. The 2020 Sustainable Growth Awards will be presented at the eighth annual Maryland Sustainable Growth Ceremony next year.

The Categories 

The Sustainable Growth Awards are given for the following categories. 

Leadership and Service 

For activities or accomplishments that advance public appreciation, understanding and/or involvement in promoting well planned economic and community development and sustainable communities at the local, regional, or state level.

Sustainable Communities  

For facilitating or creating development that addresses at least one or more of Maryland's 12 planning visions. Nominations will be evaluated in two groups: (1) Public projects/programs and (2) Private developments 


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

Leadership Caetgory

For nearly a decade as Baltimore City’s Planning Director, Tom Stosur implemented innovative plans, policies and programs to increase the public’s appreciation, understanding and involvement in community and economic development. 

Sustainable Communities
Category Recipient

The New Shiloh Village Apartments stand at the corner of Payson Street and Windsor Avenue in Baltimore, made up of 73 apartments and representing $22 million in new investment. Not long ago, a blighted vacant warehouse property occupied the site just a few blocks away from good transit connections at the Mondawmin Mall and Coppin State University.

Preservation and Conservation
Category Recipient 

Tucked in a residential neighborhood, adjacent to the Anacostia River on one side and a row of commercial uses on another, and far inside the Capital Beltway, is a one-acre farm that is trying to change how its neighbors grow and consume food. ECO City Farms, or ECO, was established in 2010 with the mission, “We grow great food, farms and farmers.”



  • Individuals, nonprofit and for-profit organizations or institutions and federal, state and local agencies are all eligible to receive Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards.
  • Current MDP staff, Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission members and projects solely sponsored by MDP are not eligible.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.

Review and Selection Process

All nomination materials are reviewed for completeness by Maryland Planning Department staff prior to presentation to the award committee of the commission. This committee then recommends the award recipients to the full commission for consideration and final approval. 


To nominate a project, organization or individual for a Sustainable Growth Award, complete the  downloadable nomination form (Word document) and submit electronically to chuck.boyd@maryland.gov by no later than 5 pm on Friday, September 13. For more detailed information, download the nomination brochure​