Paul Hartman wasn’t expecting the phone call. It came out of the blue, about a week before the event, to inform him that NeighborSpace had chosen him to receive this year’s Green Jacket Award.

“It’s a great honor,” said Hartman, a Towson resident, founder and president of a computer company and, for the purposes of the award, immediate past president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCAA), a coalition of area community groups.

“NeighborSpace does a lot of good work for green open space in Baltimore County. It also does surveys to better target areas to preserve,” said Hartman, whose GTCAA has been involved in a debate about land use issues in Towson. As webmaster of GTCAA’s website, he has been posting articles and commentary about the issue.

Hartman was one of three recipients of the 2015 Green Jacket Award. The others were Michael Ertel, GTCAA’s president who has been leading the debate, and Wendy Jacobs, co-founder of the Green Towson Alliance (GTA), an environmental group.

(Original article on Baltimore Sun website has been deleted): Towson NeighborSpace Green Jacket Award – Baltimore Sun