The challenge, run by run by the Commission’s Education Workgroup, invited planning students to identify and solve community land use issues throughout the state. From a pool of 12 academic teams, six teams presented panels and narrated PowerPoint presentations before a jury of selected commission members and state agency officials in December in Annapolis. This was the first year of the student challenge.
      The Sustainable Growth Challenge, a collegiate competition engaging students from across the state in planning and sustainability issues, attracted a dozen submissions in 2013. Student teams conducted community planning exercises, analyzing economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable growth and developing creative solutions for actual communities.

Winning presentations covered:

*planning for sea-level rise
*adapting the community of Burtonsville to mixed-use development
*improving access to the Patapsco Valley Heritage Greenway
     The winning teams were a team of graduate students from UMCP Graduate School of Landscape Architecture and two teams of community college architecture students from Montgomery College.
     First prize went to a team of a six-student team from University of Maryland Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, who presented “Design and Planning for Sea Level Change and Storm water Issues on Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” a comprehensive approach to address the challenges faced by Oxford.
     Second prize was a tie that went to the nine students who represented two teams from Montgomery College’s Architecture program.
     Both teams studied ways to improve the community of Burtonsville, which lacks good transportation connections, open space and complementary land uses. The teams presented solutions such as housing options like live-work units, redesigning the community’s two major roads, and reducing pavement with pervious bicycling and walking paths. A commuter parking lot would be revamped to further encourage walking and transit use.
     The Sustainable Growth Commission recognized winners of the 2013 competition at an awards ceremony on February 5 in Annapolis.
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Second Prize (Tie) Montgomery College, Department of Applied Technology
Burtonsville Crossing 

Team 1:
Shorieh Talaat, faculty adviser
Biniyam Bezabih
Renzo Carranza
Johan Lahore
Tyler Scott
Team 2:
Shorieh Talaat, faculty adviser
Ingrid Argueta
Jill Carrington
Christopher Estrada
John Fernando
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Learn more about the Sustainable Growth Challenge at
http://planning.maryland.gov/YourPart/773/SGChallenge.shtml
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