HIP received the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Melanie Teems Award during their 2018 Annual Awards and Scholarship Program at the Maryland General Assembly. Each year, this award recognizes an exemplary program that engages residents in efforts to improve the region’s natural resources.
The Trust recognized HIP’s work with the Prince George’s County Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative. Through HIP’s work in the Kentland/Palmer Park neighborhoods, it has removed over 4,000 square feet of concrete and installed 3,735 square feet of permeable pavers, planted over 200 street trees, and installed 25 rain barrels. HIP also engaged neighborhood residents to improve home facades including new roofs, siding, and landscaping. Additionally, HIP has acquired and revitalized 6 vacant homes which were sold to first-time homebuyers, and is set to begin construction on 9 “Net Zero Ready” attached homes in Palmer Park.