Sustainable Community

  • Introduction
  • Lesson One - Three Systems of Sustainability
  • Lesson Two - Why Plan for Sustainability
  • Lesson Three - Sustainable Community Development Plans
  • Lesson Four - Maryland Resources
  • Lesson Five - A Process for Sustainable Community Development
  • Review
  • Certificate

Sustainable Community Development

An online class offered by the University of Maryland's Institute for Governmental Service and Research.


University of Maryland, College Park - This is an image of the University of Maryland seal. Welcome to Sustainable Community Development, an online class offered by the University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center (EFC) and Institute for Governmental Service and Research (IGSR).

When thinking about the place where you live, do you find yourself concerned about the well-being of people, perhaps including your own children or grandchildren, who will live there in years to come? And are you willing to be involved in helping to shape the future of your community? If your answers to these questions are "yes" and "yes" again, this class is for you.

The class is designed for people who want to engage with neighbors and fellow residents through their local government to make their community a more sustainable place in which future generations can enjoy living, working, and playing. Although the methods apply broadly, the class emphasizes sustainable community development for counties and municipalities in the State of Maryland. And for municipal residents of Maryland, the class provides an introduction to the EFC's Sustainable Maryland Certified (SMC) Program.