Many Maryland communities are advancing sustainability projects and policies to improve quality of life for residents, save money, and care for the environment. Mayor Don Briggs of Emmitsburg and former Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson will discuss sustainability efforts in their communities and share lessons learned and tips for sustainability advocates during this session of the Old Line State Summit to be held on July 24, 2019 at the Delaplaine Arts Center.
Adaptive reuse projects can foster renewed vitality and transform communities. Additionally, adapting buildings for new uses while maintaining their historic features is an effective way to reduce sprawl development and its environmental impacts. Case studies of two high-profile adaptive reuse projects will be presented at this session of the Old Line State Summit: Cumberland’s Footer Building by Michael Joy of Joy Development and Baltimore’s Union Mill by Evan Morville of Seawall Development Company.
Placemaking is a collaborative process that invites all members of a community to reimagine and reinvent shared public spaces. More than urban design, placemaking facilitates creative use with particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution. A panel of design professionals will discuss the use of temporary placemaking in communities facing change to spark public conversation about challenges and opportunities; employing placemaking to activate inactive public spaces; and using placemaking competitions to inspire and engage the community during this session of the Old Line State Summit to be held on July 24, 2019 at the Delaplaine Arts Center.
A Howard County-appointed committee created through Executive Calvin Ball’s “Safe and Sound” plan has recommended the creation of a Community Development Organization (CDO) focused on the revitalization and sustainability of historic Ellicott City.