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Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission

Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission

Annually, the commission reports on its activities and recommendations to the governor and other top state government officials. Learn more about the Commission’s structure and responsibilities.

2018-19 Sustainable Growth Challenge

The Sustainable Growth Challenge, an annual collegiate competition hosted by the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, engages students from across the state in planning, sustainability and reinvestment issues. Learn more and enter the challenge here.




Sustainable Growth Awards

2019 Award Nominations Open

The commission announces its call for applications for the 2019 Sustainable Growth Awards, which celebrate exemplary efforts in sustainable growth.  The awards go to people and projects that demonstrate a commitment to achieving results that advance sustainable growth and preservation.  The deadline to apply for a Sustainable Growth Award is September 21, 2018. 

2018 Awards

The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission presented its 2018 Sustainable Growth Awards for leadership, community planning and conservation at its sixth annual awards ceremony on June 4, 2018.  These awards recognize individuals, organizations and programs that exemplify well-planned economic and community development initiatives throughout the state.
The six winners represent individuals and organizations that demonstrate their commitment to sustainable growth - development or redevelopment that is compact, walkable and takes advantage of existing infrastructure while preserving the rural landscape - in Maryland. 
  photos of trophies

See this year's six Sustainable Growth award recipients and a video about each.
Prior year's award recipients

Task Force on Home Ownership Strategy

In March 2014, House Speaker Michael Busch requested that the Sustainable Growth Commission form a work group comprised of legislators, state agencies, the private sector and local governments to study the impact of the financial crisis on historically owner-occupied neighborhoods and identify resources, strategies and recommendations to preserve the stability of and promote homeownership in these neighborhoods.
The work group was asked to report policy and legislative recommendation to the next Maryland General Assembly in January 2015. See the report information contained in the September 22, 2014 Meeting Agenda packet under past meetings link on the left.


In 2010, the Maryland General Assembly established the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, replacing the Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development, which ran from 2007-2010. The Commission was made a permanent body to advise on growth and development issues.
Prior to the creation of the task force in 2007, there was no statewide forum where stakeholders could discuss growth and development issues and policies. The former Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Commission, which was created by the 1992 Growth Act, was allowed to sunset in 2003. The creation of a permanent Commission creates a broader and more established forum to consider and make recommendations on growth and development issues.
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