MSU, a historically black institution of higher education and Carnegie designated doctoral research institution is also Maryland’s urban public university. MSU is in northeast Baltimore, a port city and major metropolitan area situated within the I-95 corridor and a moderate ozone non-attainment area. MSU is also close to one of the nation’s iconic estuaries, the Chesapeake Bay, rich in history, seafood production and serious pollution. As a result of its history and geographic location MSU has an urban environmental sustainability orientation to its research and education programs, contributing to the career development of underserved urban populations, minorities and women. Much of the environmental sustainability research MSU’s National Transportation Center (NTC) has supported over many years has received substantial match funding from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), particularly, the State Highway Administration (SHA).