Growth Commission Seeking 2016 Sustainable Growth Award Nominations

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The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission is seeking nominations for its 2016 Sustainable Growth Awards. The deadline for submission is September 18.  From the Commission’s nomination webpage:

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 fourth annual awards are presented by the commission and are the highest level of recognition for managed growth and development in the state. The 2016 Sustainable Growth Awards will be presented at the fourth annual Maryland Sustainable Growth Forum this winter.

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 smart growth and sustainable communities at the local, regional or state level.

Smart Growth 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. …


  • 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 online nomination form or the downloadable nomination form (Word document) and submit electronically to and by no later than 5 pm on Friday, September 18. For more detailed information, download the nomination brochure.