Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability

The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) is administered by the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland, College Park. It is a campus-wide initiative that harnesses the expertise of UMD faculty and the energy and ingenuity of UMD students to help Maryland communities become more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.  PALS is designed to provide innovative, low-cost assistance to the Planning Department while creating real-world problem-solving experiences for University of Maryland graduate and undergraduate students.

The Prince George’s Planning Department began its partnership with PALS in 2019; it completed sixteen projects covering a range of issues, including planning and development, environmental and social issues, and transit-oriented development.  We are now working to finalize more courses for the academic year 2021-2022. Follow us to stay informed and engaged with this partnership.


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Completed Projects


Fall 2023 Business Plan for Community Forklift
Fall 2023: Adaptive Reuse of Hyattsville Justice Center
Fall 2023 Comparative Analysis of Bicycle Standards Policies
Spring 2023: Sounds of Prince George’s County Extensions
Spring 2023: Exploring Community Along Anacostia Tributary Trail System


Fall 2022: Bicycling Infrastructure and Cultural Obstacles and Opportunities
Fall 2022: Wilmer’s Park Site Inventory and Park Recommendations
Spring 2022: Bike Stress Map Application and Application Instructional Video


Fall 2021: Redlining – Racial Covenants
Fall 2021: Sounds of Prince George’s County
Fall 2021: Abandoned Cemetery
Spring 2021: Envisioning the Future at Prince George’s Plaza
Spring 2021: Farming and Folk Art in Prince George’s County
Spring 2021: Food Access and Equity in Prince George’s County


Fall 2020: Aquaponics in Prince George’s County
Fall 2020: Brandywine Farmer’s Market
Fall 2020: Cultural Landscapes and Cemetery
Spring 2020: Cheverly Tactical Urbanism
Spring 2020: Small-Scale Production in Prince George’s County
Spring 2020: Suitland Tactical Urbanism


Fall 2019: Changing Landscapes Farmsteads & Resort Towns
Fall 2019: Community Engagement for Vulnerable Communities: Flooding Impacts & Adaptation in East Riverdale-Beacon Heights
Fall 2019: Making Place – Transit-Oriented Development for Largo, Maryland
Fall 2019: Redlining in Prince George’s County, Maryland


Contact Us

Maha Tariq

Planner II, Neighborhood Revitalization Section