A July 15 Smart Growth Maryland blog article announces that the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission is seeking candidates for its 2014 Sustainable Growth Awards. The Awards, first started in 2013, recognize smart and sustainable growth initiatives and projects in four categories: (1) Leadership & Service; (2) Smart Growth Public Projects & Programs; (3) Smart Growth Private Developments; and (4) Preservation/Conservation.
From the blog article:
If you, your organization or project advances smart, sustainable growth in Maryland – or if you know of a worthy individual, organization or project that fits this bill – consider throwing your hat in the ring for a 2014 Sustainable Growth Award. The Sustainable Growth Commission, established in 2010 by the Maryland General Assembly, makes recommendations on growth and development issues and celebrates smart growth achievements with its annual award.
Just what is smart growth? Development occurring in strategic places that is sensitive to natural resources and takes advantage of infrastructure and assets, such as transit. Smart growth is innovative, adapting historic resources to modern-day uses, using environmentally sound strategies or generating energy on site. It also exudes quality – creative architecture and a positive relationship to the surrounding area and neighborhood. Smart growth begets more smart growth, creating positive effects in the neighborhood, providing desirable amenities like wide sidewalks and shade trees, or spurring nearby redevelopment. …
The Sustainable Growth Awards were given for the first time earlier this year. Applications are open for the 2014 awards program in leadership and service, smart growth communities and preservation/conservation categories through August. Learn more about the award and apply. And remember, you don’t have to be involved in the project or organization to apply – if you know of a person, project or place that deserves recognition, nominate them.