Mayor Launches Growing Green Initiative
Yesterday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined
the Planning Department’s Office of Sustainability to officially launch the
Growing Green Initiative at Humanim – The American Brewery Building. The
Growing Green Initiative
(GGi) is a City-led effort to use sustainable, innovative, and cost-effective
Stabilizing and holding
land for redevelopment;
Reusing vacant land to
Reducing storm water
Growing food; and
Creating community spaces that
mitigate the negative impacts of vacant properties.
Growing Green Design Competition Announced
As part of the Growing Green
Initiative, the Mayor was also joined by EPA Regional Administrator,
to announce an exciting design competition to identify creative ideas for
transforming vacant lots in Baltimore City.
Growing Green Design Competition: Vacant Lots Transformed,
is a partnership between the City of Baltimore, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Teams of
community groups, City agencies, designers, and technical experts will use the
Green Pattern Book (see below) to develop
creative greening projects for vacant land in their communities.
For example, the photos above
show the transformation from a vacant lot to an inviting green space with newly
planted trees and grass. The
top photo shows the Franklin Square Sunflower Garden, which is a Community
Managed Open Space that treats storm water from nearby buildings with rain
gardens and sunflower beds.
The top design competition proposals will be selected as winners,
and all winners will be provided with the resources to fully design and
construct their winning ideas. Winners will be required to provide an ongoing maintenance plan. For more information and the application
process for the competition please click here.
Green Pattern Book Released
Yesterday's Growing Green event also
celebrated the release of the Green Pattern Book, a design guide for City agencies, NGOs, community-based organizations,
and individual residents to green vacant land.
Pattern Book features eight green project types or patterns, including:
Forest and Buffer;
Greens (a combination of the patterns.
It is intended to spur creative ideas
while also helping
to manage expectations and to help different groups understand how they can
effectively partner with each other to transform and green vacant lots.
For more information on the Green Pattern
Book and the Growing Green Initiative please visit the growing green website.
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