The Green Pattern Book: using vacant lands to create greener neighborhoods in Baltimore

Today we had the pleasure of participating in a great event at Humanim‘s offices at the historic American Brewery building.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the launch of the Growing Green Initiative.


A year and a half ago, the US Forest Service Northern Research Station funded development of the Green Pattern Book. The Baltimore Office of Sustainability went through a long process of engaging design, greening, and stormwater professionals and community stakeholders to develop the Green Pattern Book. This book identified 8 typologies of greening projects for vacant lands.

EPA, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and Baltimore City DPW have subsequently each committed $100,000 for a total of $300,000 for a design competition based on the Green Pattern Book. This will let us “ground-truth” the Book before USFS NRS releases a final version this fall based on lessons learned by this summer’s design competition.

The RFP for this exciting green infrastructure design competition can be found here.

Many thanks to the Federal Family and state, local, and NGO partners in the Urban Waters Partnerships for helping Baltimore improve water quality with stakeholder engagement, design expertise, and green infrastructure. The Consulting Group at SavATree provides project support to the Baltimore Urban Waters Partnership.