Mission Statement

1000 Friends of Maryland works for a better quality of life by engaging all Marylanders to achieve vibrant communities and healthy rural economies.


Priority Issues

Over the next 30 years local development plans will result in the loss of over 400,000 acres of rural lands.  Maryland will be forced to pay billions of dollars it does not have for new roads, schools, and services.  At the same time the pollution from all this new development will make it harder and more expensive to make sure our air and water are clean and healthy. Many of our existing communities have been decimated by policies at both the state and local level that funded new development on green fields instead of reinvestment in older communities. 

We focus on four key strategies to help Maryland to slow the rate it is paving over rural lands and to encourage growth into areas that will result in more vibrant, economically and socially successful places to live, work and play.

  • Improve state and local planning processes to increase accountability for the results of those plans.
  • Encourage development where it should occur and discourage it from where it will do the most harm.
  • Target transportation plans and funding to ensure new infrastructure provides better choices for people to get to work, school and play.
  • Strengthen rural communities and economies; protect open spaces to reduce development pressures on these critical lands.

More information on our work can be found in the five categories on the left.  Make sure to also visit our "take action" pages to find out what you can do to make Maryland an even better place to live, work, and play!

Sustainable Solutions Symposium

The Sustainable Solutions Symposium on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Morgan State University's award winning Center for the Built Environment was a huge success. The symposium featured thought-provoking presentations on sustainability best practices. A tour of the Center for the Built Environment with Jeff Kreshtool, AIA, Senior Associate with Hord Copland Macht followed the program. Thank you to our presenters, guests and Morgan State University.

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Presentations Included:

American Brewery - Bringing Back a Baltimore Icon
Ann Powell, AIA, Senior Associate with Ayers Saint Gross
Anath Ranon, AIA, Principal with Cho Benn Holback + Associates 
Presentation Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore - Gambling on Sustainability
Brittany Eldredge, Managing Director at Lorax Partnerships
Gabriel Velicu, PE, Vice President, B&R Construction Services
Tom Hewitt, PE, Project Engineer at Colbert Matz Rosenfelt
Presentation Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Baltimore City Public Schools - Going Green
Joanne Pi-Sunyer, Green Schools Coordinator for Baltimore City Public Schools
Andrea Calderon, Green Schools Assistant at the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability
Terrance Jones,Baltimore City Schools Alumnus
Presentation Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
The Living Building Challenge - Doing Less Bad is Not Good Enough Anymore
Loraine Doo, Partner with Doo Consulting, Living Building Challenge Ambassador and Facilitator for the Baltimore Collaborative. 
Eco-Districts - Does Baltimore Have All the Key Elements for Success?
Peter Doo, AIA, Partner, Doo Consulting. 

Our apologies to the presenters as the file size of the presentations had to be reduced and some resultion was lost. 

A Vibrant Future for Maryland

1000 Friends has created a ten-step platform for achieving a vibrant future, a future that includes the following:

  • Maryland has vibrant cities and towns that support large and small businesses and are great places to live for people of all ages and incomes.
  • Maryland has a world class transportation system that provides transportation choices for affordable and efficient access to jobs, schools, services, and recreation.
  • Maryland has a healthy environment that results in a bountiful Chesapeake and Coastal Bays, clean rivers and creeks, and clean air.
  • Maryland has a resilient, diverse and sustainable economy that uses tax dollars efficiently and creates conditions that support job growth.
  • Maryland’s rural lands are economically strong and support farms to feed the region, lands for hunting, critical wildlife habitats and recreation.

 Click HERE for the complete vision and our 10 steps to a vibrant future.


Gubernatorial Forum was a huge success!

Thank you to all the Gubernatorial candidates for making time in their hectic schedules to be a part of this landmark event with 1000 Friends of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  All six campaigns presented how as governor they will address the critical issues of the Bay and smart growth. 

The candidates also had a great opportunity to meet so many leaders from across the state and learn more about additional issues they will need to address as governor. 

We will be working hard for the next year to make sure these important issues are a part of the campaigns at the state and local level. 

The room teemed with press. It was terrific that they saw this as an important event to cover. Enjoy some of the stories below.

The Washington Post

Capital/Carroll County Times

The Baltimore Sun