Growing Green Initiative Partners
The Growing Green Initiative works with several Baltimore City agencies and programs that address vacant lot greening. In addition, if you have any questions about how to get involved please get in touch with our Community Organizer.
Adopt-A-Lot Program and Side Yard Program
The Adopt-A-Lot program was created by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), as part of the Vacants to Value program. The program encourages residents to adopt city-owned vacant lots in their neighborhood to green community space.
Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) also created the Side Yard Program that allows sale of city-owned vacant lots to adjacent owner occupants for a fixed price of $500 for up to 1500 square feet ($0.33 per add’lsquare foot). Non-owner occupants can purchase adjacent lots for a fixed price of $1,000 for up to 1500 square feet ($0.66 per add’lsquare foot).
As part of the Baltimore’s MS4 Permit, the Department of Public Works has developed a watershed implementation plan to restore 20% of the city’s impervious surfaces (approx. 4,000 acres) by creating functional long-term green infrastructure. One of the approaches being explored is to use vacant lots for stormwater management and impervious surface removal.
TreeBaltimore is a mayoral initiative led by the Baltimore City of Recreation and Parks in partnership with Blue Water Baltimore, the Parks & People Foundation, and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (non-profit partners maintain trees for 2 years) . To reach the goal of 40% tree canopy cover by 2030, TreeBaltimore partners with GGI as well as individual homeowners, communities, schools, and businesses.