Growing greener on vacant land in Baltimore City

Today I attended the groundbreaking event for a green infrastructure project on a vacant lot in Baltimore. Last fall, we highlighted the winners of the Growing Green Design Competition. The competitors, teams of community members and professionals, submitted designs based on the Green Pattern Book. The project we celebrated today was one of the winners of the competition.


Molly Mullins of the Chesapeake Bay Trust welcomes attendees, flanked by EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and awardee Terry Cummings, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

It was a great event and well attended by community members. The asphalt removal will begin mid-August, shrubs and herbaceous plants will be installed at the end of September, and trees will be planted in October. The combination of recreational space and green infrastructure will reduce runoff by 242,000 gallons annually.


Raising the interpretive signage for the project with the Mayor, CBF, EPA, and others!

It takes a lot of people to put a project like this together, and we’d like to recognize the many partners involved.

Sponsors, partners, and benefits of the project


It’s exciting to see the Green Pattern Book and Green Pattern Registry making tangible, on-the ground improvements. We’ll look back on this project this fall to keep you updated on progress.

The Consulting Group at SavATree provides project support to the US Forest Service Northern Research Station and the Baltimore Urban Waters Partnership.