University of Maryland PALS Student Work: Fall 2016 - Summer 2017


The University of Maryland initiated a partnership with the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County through its PALS (Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability) program in Fall of 2016. The PALS program was launched in Fall of 2014 by the University’s National Center for Smart Growth to immerse students in real-world experience tackling social, economic, and environmental challenges for communities across Maryland. For Annapolis, the program engaged students across five courses from UMD’s Information Technology, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning departments between the Fall 2016 semester and Summer 2017 session. The work undertaken by UMD students represented longstanding projects and problems City departments lacked the resources to effectively confront. With guidance from professors the students then applied their acquired skills to go above and beyond the City’s needs, while City staff offered direction and oversight. Overall, the benefits gained from the product of the relationship far outweighs the cost put in by the City.

The following course listings include a report and/or presentation describing the work produced for the City:

Fall 2016

PALS Fall 2016 Showcase

URSP 708 - Community Planning Studio

Project: Annapolis Maritime Innovation District and MakerSpace Study

LARC 748 - Advanced Special Topics Studio

Project: Waterfront Design for Resilience

URSP 788 - Independent Study

Project: Forest Drive Corridor Study

Spring 2017

INST 742 - Implementing the Curation and Management of Digital Assets

Project: Eastport Historic Survey

URSP 688M - Intermediate GIS

Project: Development Trends & Redevelopment Potential

Summer 2017

URSP 705/706 - Community Planning Studio

Project: Healthy Annapolis! Healthy Living Guidelines for the City’s Comprehensive Plan