In this podcast, we talk with one of the six distinguished individuals recently elected to honorary AIA membership.
Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Hon. AIA, is the founder and president of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, a project of Smart Growth America. This nationwide coalition of nearly 100 organizations promotes a better way to grow—through protection of open space and farmland, neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, and more livable communities. Glendening also serves as a senior advisor of energy and environment for National Strategies Inc. Speaking to dozens of audiences annually, including many AIA components, he recommends a range of solutions that emphasize the important links between community design, density, and sustainability to counteract the destructive forces of urban sprawl.
Previously, Glendening served as Governor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003. During his tenure, he made the environment, especially smart growth, the heart of his legislative, administrative, and personal agendas. Gov. Glendening’s colleagues elected him chairman of the National Governor’s Association, and he also served as president of the Council of State Governments. His smart-growth policies have helped to legitimize, raise awareness of, and encourage the use of sustainability-oriented design principles that enhance each community’s unique sense of place. Many other states have followed suit with their own smart-growth policies, including California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey, and Utah.