Strong Neighborhoods & Sustainable Communities

Strong neighborhoods and sustainable communities are key to increasing the quality of life for citizens across Maryland.

Volunteers in a garden
Students enrolled in the Race and Inequality in the United States course have helped to revitalize and maintain public community spaces in East Baltimore in partnership with 6th Branch, a veteran-led program that improves neglected public spaces. In 2017, 15 faculty hours, and 40 students, contributing 190 hours, worked in areas such as Ambrose Kennedy Park. 

We work with our partners to address the most pressing needs for our communities. One third of our collaborators are addressing the most pressing needs in our surrounding communities to increase the quality of life for its citizens. Working with nonprofit organizations, communities, government agencies, and businesses we:

  • Help communities tell their story
  • Give small businesses the tools to thrive
  • Support nonprofit organizations addressing issues including homelessness, addiction, and food insecurity
  • Conduct research and create experiential education opportunities focused on environmental and agricultural challenges
  • Host health fairs for local immigrant communities
  • Participate in mentoring, tutoring, events, and after school programming to support students in underserved communities

BTU at Work

Food Market

Addressing Food Security in Baltimore

A service-learning course by Dr. Andrea Brace challenges students to look closely at Baltimore’s complex food system and consider solutions for distribution of healthy food. The Center for GIS partnered with the Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health to map food deserts in Baltimore that provides researchers and policy makers with data to develop solutions for food equity.