Sustainable Maryland Workshops: Using Your Data to Make Good Decisions

Sustainable Maryland is offering a leadership training workshop for local government officials on how to collect and use data to make informed land use and sustainability decisions and subsequently track program progress and outcomes. The workshop will be held in mid-November at three different locations in the state. Registration costs $35.00 and includes breakfast, lunch, parking, and program materials.  MACo is a co-sponsor of this event. From a Sustainable Maryland email announcement:

Leadership Training Workshops on Sustainability Metrics: Measuring What Matters 


You’ve heard of “big data” and the importance of measuring your community’s progress, but how does that practically work at the local level? Come learn about how you can start harnessing the data that flows through your community’s infrastructure and programs and translate it into meaningful metrics.

Our upcoming Leadership Training workshops will provide you with:

  • Introduction to Data Collection:
    • the importance of tracking data for process improvement, attracting funders, and justifying programs to residents
    • the importance of knowing your audience and your goals
    • the importance of collecting different types of data. Qualitative vs. Quantitative
    • examples of communities who have data tracking programs or processes.
  • Tools and Resources: A review of data tracking tools and resources that communities can easily apply to their programs. Various topic areas will include: Energy, Stormwater, Tree Cover, Waste, Finances, Volunteers.
  • Visualizing Data: The importance of storytelling, infographics, social media, and transparency.

3 DATES / 3 LOCATIONSSAME GREAT PROGRAM! Choose the most convenient date/location:

Monday, November 14, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Cambridge Public Safety Building, Cambridge


Wednesday, November 16, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Hyattsville City Hall, Hyattsville


Thursday, November 17, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location: University System of Maryland at Hagerstown


A detailed agenda will be provided on October 24. If you have any questions, contact Mike Hunninghake at or 301-405-7956.

Useful Links

Sustainable Maryland Website