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.


Maryland Green Registry - This is an image of the Maryland Green Registry icon and link to the website.This class emphasizes community-level decisions to solve sustainability problems. It suggests practical, grassroots methods to plan, organize, evaluate, and adjust actions to advance community sustainability. And it provides a path for Maryland's municipalities to become certified as sustainable jurisdictions.

Upon completion of this virtual class, you will be able to:

  • Define sustainable community development (SCD)
  • Identify opportunities for sustainability in local communities.
  • Understand the three overlapping systems involved in sustainable community development, and how they relate to each other.
  • Understand what local communities are doing about sustainability.
  • Identify resources to help municipalities plan for development.
  • Describe processes for initiating, managing, and evaluating sustainable development.
  • Understand how Maryland municipalities can become certified as sustainable jurisdictions.
  • Understand the benefits for a community to become Sustainable Maryland Certified.