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BES Annual Report Submission Request Format Guide

Report information for the period September 2013 to December 2014


AccomplishmentsWhat was done? What was learned?:

What are the major goals of the project? Specific Objectives?


Tasks and Objectives
Task 1.) Community Engagement and Education Undertaking on behalf of the BES
project, community engagement and education outreach efforts helping to connect
educations, students, managers, decision-makers and policy makers and members of the
public with BES research.
Task 2.) Assist with Research Support BES research that contributes to the socioeconomic theory of locational choice by households and firms and expand the river
continuum concept for urban areas and meta-community theory that improves our
understanding of urban biodiversity and sustainability.
Task 3.) Web Information Updates Provide annually, updated information for use on the
BES web site describing programs that make use of and/or contribute to BES research,
education and outreach efforts, including links to material on Parks & Peoples web site.

What was accomplished under these goals for this reporting period?

Major Activities:
Task 1: We identified and facilitated opportunities for BES researchers to speak to
policymakers and public officials, presented BES research findings to many different
audiences. We undertook to further enhance and integrate our several environmental
education programs with BES research and curricula. We assisted BES education
coordinator as requested. Specifically our activities included:
a.) Provided opportunities for BES researchers to engage public officials and the general
public in a variety of forms as well as participating in and delivering presentations
regarding BES research. Specifically assisting with formal connections to the Baltimore
City Sustainability Commission and the City Office of Sustainability. Also organized a
workshop called Science for a Sustainable City where BES researchers make
presentations on several topics key to sustainability and City officials also responded to
the Bes research findings and indicated how they will be using the BES research in their
future work plans.
b.) Organized two annual BES Open House events during two BES Annual meetings in
conjunction with the annual Community Greening Celebration attended by over 200
people which provides an excellent opportunity for BES researchers to engage in informal
discussions with City residents, community leaders and public officials.
c.) Integrated and applied BES research and educational curricula in Parks & Peoples
educational and youth green career development programs, KidsGrow (elementary
grades), Project Blue (middle grades), and BRANCHES (high school grades).
d.) Continued to assist and participate in the Baltimore Public School System Green
School Network as a means of institutionalizing BES educational curricula and supporting
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continued greening of school campus such as removing asphalt and creating new green
spaces.
e.) Continued program integration with the City Mayors Office to transform vacant Cityowned properties in new community managed green space and supporting the Baltimore
Community Green Space land trust, specifically assisted Chris Swann, UMBC, with his
vacant lot biodiversity studies and to use his research project to promote new ways of
maintaining vacant land in Baltimore City and also supported the Mayors Power in Dirt
and Growing Green Initiative, securing two MOUs with the City.
f.) Continued to support the new Baltimore Community ToolBank that provides tools at
very low cost for all sorts of community projects.
g.) Continued to provide technical and scientific information to community gardeners and
other greeners through the Community Greening Resource Network, held workshop on
urban soil contamination and ways of dealing with this problem.
h.) Continued support for the Urban Waters Federal Partnership specifically by
implementing several Growing Green projects and sharing our data of community
managed green spaces with Baltimore Indicators Alliance who developed an interactive
online map for community use and this year worked on mapping green infrastructure
projects, some 120 of which Parks & People is working to implement.
i.) Facilitated connections and meetings with BES researchers and shared BES research
data with the Healthy Harbor Initiative and their development of a Harbor Water Quality
Report.
j.) Continued to work on an advisory committee with National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
as they explore and develop a certification of Baltimore City as a conservation community.
NWF in April published an article about Urban Renewal of Habitat which interviewed
Charlie Nilon and spoke about the BES wildlife research.
k.) Continued to work with US Forest Service and the Wildlife Habitat Council to develop
green infrastructure projects on industrial properties along the Middle Branch of the
Patapsco River.
L.) Organized tour in May of Watershed 263 for the Smithsonian Anacostia Community
Museum staff and watershed residents (total of 25 people) and explored possible joint
projects and activities in the area of urban waters and social/cultural aspects. Several
Parks & People Foundation staff visited the Anacostia Museum in February to start a
discussion about joint activities. Christina Bradley presented as a Museum event
discussing community engagement in urban water restoration projects in July.
Task 2: We assisted BES researchers with securing local data and connecting them to
appropriate community leaders and officials to facilitate their research and assisted with
securing any necessary approvals (i.e., mosquito study, vacant lots biodiversity study, and
small urban forest patches), continued to provide leadership in greening and installing green
infrastructure facilities in Watershed 263 including designing a test site for water quality using
an experimental US Forest Service Bark Filter System and conducted many conversations
regarding the institution of a Baltimore Regional Academy of Sustainability Science (BRASS).
a.) Assisted BES researchers connect to Baltimore community residents and agencies as
they conduct their field research specifically assisted Chris Swan with the vacant lot
habitat diversity project and Shannon LeDeau with a tiger-mosquito study.
b.) Continued to assist the TreeBaltimore partnership with strategic planting plans setting
priority target areas for planting and supervised interns in conducting detailed watershed
neighborhood tree and tree pit condition surveys. Also developed skills and used the USFS
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i-Tree modeling program to capture tree benefits including projecting this benefit over
time by developing a tree grow out model.
c.) Organized and presented an annual field safety and Baltimore orientation workshop for
BES and Urban Resources Initiative college interns working on BES project during the
summer.
d.) Provided leadership with regard to further developing the Watershed 263 as a
Research and Demonstration site with the BES Water Quality and the Biodiversity
Committees attending several meeting and conference calls to formulate a plan for
research. Participated in development of a NSF proposal for with the UM College Park
called Stormwater Management Across Urban Ecosystems Diagnostic tools and
community engagement for ecological restoration, equitable development and
revitalization.
e.) Contributed knowledge to the social-economic theory of locational choice and the
stream continuum concept as co-author in a draft paper titled Urban Waters,
Ecohydrology and the Role of Flora and Fauna lead by Ken Belt, USFS.
f.) Explored development of a proposal to create a Baltimore Regional Academy of
Sustainability Science (BRASS) with the Baltimore City Sustainability Commission and the
Office of Sustainability. BRASS would develop a technical and science committee of public
agencies officials, BES researchers, non-profits and community leaders and policymakers
to help disseminate BES research findings as they apply to policy and management
practices and to help identify future research areas of interest to the Baltimore City
community.
g.) Accepted an invitation to be an advisor on the study of the role of green infrastructure
with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis.
h.) We have facilitated discussions about using ecosystem knowledge and science in the
landscape design with private landscaping firms interested in support scientific research
and integrating with the BES effort. We are using ecosystem research in designing some
90 green infrastructure projects. We are also facilitating and actively supporting the plans
for eco-design as part of the Ecological Society of Americas annual national conference in
August 2015. We are facilitating and supporting the Landscape Design program at Penn
State as they organize a spring student studio to work on aspects of the Watershed 263
project.
I.) Explored interest of Big City Farms to form a joint research venture in the urban
agriculture field. They are the largest entity in the City that has investor funding. Hoop
houses on city vacant land; commercial farming. Also interested in setting up research
and community engagement activity/program. Also interested in coming up with new
techniques & designs they want to patient.
Task 3: We completed a review of research on the BES web site and specifically linked this
research to the programs and activities of the Parks & People Foundation. The information
regarding Parks & People on the BES web site was updated. We have updated and linking the
Parks & People Foundation web site to BES. Additionally, we have shared the inventory of
relevant research with other Baltimore City organizations so they are able to link their
programs to this research as well. Specifically we have assisted the City Office of
Sustainability to inventory Baltimore relevant research on the BES web site. Prepared and
installed interpretative panel along the Gwynns Falls Trail about BES Water Quality monitoring
and other long-term research sites at Carroll Park Golf Course, GF Trailhead # 9, adjacent to
USGS water quality monitoring instruments. Image was places on the BES and Gwynns Falls
Trail web sites as well.
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Significant Results including major findings, developments, or conclusions (both


positive and negative):

Task 1: We presented BES research, particularly as related to Watershed 263, at many


different venues and audiences. The BES project director was provided with several
opportunities to speak in Baltimore about BES. The annual BES Open House was again a great
success with over 200 people in attendance. We prepared video of BES and City officials
power point presentations for the workshop called Science for a Sustainable City The Story
of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study.
Task2: We were successful in assisting BES researchers who requested our help and we
conducted the 12th Annual BES/URI Intern Field Safety and Community Orientation workshop
for 20 interns and field technicians. The US Forest Service Bark Filter System has taken an
extraordinarily long time for the City to review and approve permits and land use agreements,
but this has finally been accomplished and we are on a path to install the facility soon. The
BRASS has not officially met, but there has been progress with BES research results becoming
of more interest to City and State public officials. We participated in the development of a
research proposal submitted to NSF.
Task 3: The BES and Parks & People web sites are up to date and integrated.

Key Outcomes or other Achievements:

1.) There is renewed interest in the Watershed 263 Research and Demonstration Project given
the $9 million we are currently using to install over 90 green infrastructure projects.
2.) The establishment of a technical and scientific advisory committee with the City Office of
Sustainability.
3.) Work on join project with the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in the relationship between
urban waters and minority communities.
4.) The positive response of 100 people who attended the Science for a Sustainable City
workshop as an indicator of the interest and desire of Baltimore City residents to learn more
about the BES and how their City officials are using science to guide public policymaking.
Training, Professional Development & Mentoring of Project Participants:
During this period, we provided opportunities for over twenty graduate and undergraduate
college students and some 10 high school students to intern on natural resource projects. This
is an opportunity for career and job mentoring for these young people.
How have the results been disseminated to communities of interest? (Outreach)
At various forums and community meetings (Parks & People organizes some 20 to 30
workshops and training sessions annually, BES research is either referred or BES data is used.
See below some specific presentations.
ProductsPublications (Journals, Books, Book Chapters, Abstracts, etc.):
Each category of publication should identify any associated data, software, other
supplementary material and their appropriate identifiers.
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Please submit, in citation form, following these examplesalso see additional notes below:
Journal:
Books other one-time publications:
Book:
Conference Papers & Presentations by Parks & People:
BES Mosquito Larval Study
-We have been working with the BES Mosquito Larval Study in West Baltimore, helping to
build a bridge between the researchers and the community.
Soil Safety Study and Forum
The JHU CLF Soil Safety Study titled Urban Community Gardeners Knowledge and
Perceptions of Soil Contaminant Risks was done in collaboration with CGRN and 70 of its
member gardens. The study was published this year and is available for viewing at the
following address: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi
%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0087913
The Soil Safety Forum was hosted at the Parks & People Foundation and organized through
CGRN. A panel of experts, including Brent Kim, Dr. Keeve Nachman of JHU CLF, Ann Carroll of
the EPAS Brownfields and Land Revitalization, and Abby Cocke of the Baltimore City Office of
Sustainability, described various important research, health and safety aspects of urban soils.
A video recording of the Soil Safety Forum is available at the following location:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hldKFTBM9-A&feature=youtu.be
Urban Waters Mapping Project
A working partner of the BNIA-JFI/USFS Urban Waters Mapping Project. Contributed valuable
information to ensure the map was comprehensive. The published map can be viewed here:
http://water.bniajfi.org/map/
Stormwater Management Workshops
Series of workshops detailing Baltimore Citys new Stormwater Fee and Credit system, as well
as the ways a property owner can receive credits including tree planting, de-paving, rain
gardens and volunteering. Each workshop is followed by a volunteer day organized by Parks &
People where workshop attendees may receive credits, and a give-away day where workshop
attendees may take away free native perennials to start stormwater management projects on
their property.
Rain Garden Workshops
Developed a rain garden powerpoint presentation is meant to be a comprehensive and basic
guide. The presentation also starts out with a description and explanation of the new
Stormwater Fee and how to receive credits towards the fee.
By Hager, Guy W.:
1.) Role of Green Infrastructure, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, September
10-12, 2013, Annapolis, MD
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2.) Baltimores Urban Forest-An Overview, Treekeepers Training Workshop 101, September
14, 2013, Baltimore, MD.
3.) Transforming Urban Communities with Greening and Green Infrastructure, Stormwater
Summit by 1000 Friends of Maryland and Blue Water Baltimore, September 25, 2013,
Baltimore, MD.
4.) Moderated the Science for a Sustainable City workshop, October 22, 2014, Baltimore,
MD.
ProductsInternet Dissemination:
List the URL and description for internet websites that disseminate results of research
activities.
Website address: http://www.parksandpeople.org
Description of content or purpose: Organizational and program information, linked to
BES web site
ProductsTechnologies or Techniques:
List technologies or techniques that resulted from research activities. Describe how they are
being shared.
Green infrastructure projects are shared with others though meetings, workshops,
conferences and case studies.
ProductsPatents, Inventions or Licenses:
If you have any of these resulting from your BES research please contact the Project
Facilitator.
None
ProductsSpecific Products:
Product type:
Audio/Video
Software or netware
Databases
Educational Aids or Curricula
Instruments or Equipment
Physical Collections
Data & Research Material (e.g.: cell lines, DNA probes, animal models)
Evaluation Instruments
Survey Instruments
Other
Product Description:
How will you share information about this product with others. (Additionally,
where is the data? If not publicly available yet say why and when it would be expected
to be available.)
None
IMPACTS (Contributions):
Describe how your project, findings, results , or techniques, made an impact or are likely to
make an impact on following (say what and how) principal discipline(s) of the project, other
disciplines, development of human resources, education, physical resources that form
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infrastructure, institutional resources that form infrastructure, information resources that form
infrastructure, technology transfer and society beyond science & engineering.
Parks & People has significant impact in the environmental education field and the community
greening field aided by BES research.
Partner Organizations:
Baltimore City Office of the Mayor, Service Office, Power in Dirt Initiative
Baltimore City Department of Planning
Baltimore City Department of Public Works
Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks
Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Baltimore City Public Schools System
Baltimore City Sustainability Commission and Office of Sustainability
Baltimore Community Foundation
Baltimore Green Schools Network
Blue Water Baltimore
Maryland Extension
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Maryland Environmental Service
USDA Forest Service
Wildlife Habitat Council
Alliance for Community Trees
City Park Alliance
National Wildlife Federation
Urban Ecology Collaborative
Baltimore City Community College
Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation
Community Greening Resource Network
Gwynns Falls Trail Council
TreeBaltimore Partnership
Watershed 263 Community Stakeholder Council
Chesapeake Conservancy
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Urban Waters Federal Partnership
Yale University
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Penn State University
Johns Hopkins University

Individual Participants - Parks & People Foundation


Name
Institution
Email Address
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Person 1
Jacqueline M. Carrera

Person 2
Guy W. Hager

Person 3
Christina Bradley

Parks & People


Foundation
jackie.carrera

Parks & People


Foundation
guy.hager

Parks & People


Foundation
christina.bradley

Role in Project (see


below)

What they worked on

@parksandpeople.org

@parksandpeople.org

@parksandpeople.org

Co-PI

Co-Investigator

Other Professional

BES Steering
Committee, Quarterly
and Annual Meetings

BES Project
Management
Committee, Quarterly
and Annual Meetings,
various BES related
projects, community
outreach and
education
730 hours

community outreach
and education; green
infrastructure design
and implementation

Nearest
person/month worked

75 hours

100 hours

Funding Source: (see


below)

OtherP&P funds

BES and other P&P


funds

OtherP&P funds

Person 4
Edward Orser

Person 5
Valerie Rupp

Person 6
Sue Elias

Parks & People


Foundation
orser@umbc.edu

Parks & People


Foundation
valerie.rupp
@parksandpeople.org

Parks & People


Foundation
susan.elias
@parksandpeople.org

Other Professional

Other Professional

Other Professional

community outreach
and education;
manager of research
internship program

community outreach
and education;
organizes BES Open
House

environmental
education

50 hours

100 hours

50 hours

Other-P&P funds

Other-P&P funds

Other-P&P funds

(160 hrs=1 person month)

Name
Institution
Email Address
Role in Project (see
below)

What they worked on

Nearest
person/month worked
(160 hrs=1 person month)

Funding Source: (see


below)

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