In 2007, The Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC) was established by Executive Order (01.01.2007.07) and charged with developing an action plan and firm timetable for mitigation of and adaptation to the likely consequences and impacts of climate change in Maryland, including strategies to reduce Maryland's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As a result of the work of more than 100 stakeholders and experts, the MCCC produced a climate action plan which was the catalyst for the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act (GGRA) of 2009. In 2014, a second Executive Order (01.01.2014.14) expanded the scope of the MCCC and its membership to include stakeholders outside of state government.​

In 2015, the Maryland General Assembly codified the MCCC into law, maintaining many of the tasks and responsibilities that had been assigned under the 2014 Executive Order; and officially charging the Commission with advising the Governor and General Assembly "on ways to mitigate the causes of, prepare for, and adapt to the consequences of climate change." The MCCC is chaired by MDE Secretary Ben Grumbles and consists of three co-chairs and members representing state agencies and the legislature, local government, business, environmental non-profit and philanthropic organizations, organized labor, and the State University system. The work of the Commission is supported by four working groups. The members of the working groups are appointed by the Commission chair; they embody both public and private interests in climate change, including representatives of academic institutions, renewable and traditional energy providers, environmental organizations, government agencies, labor organizations, and business interests. 

​​Upcoming Meetings & Events

All meetings are held virtually. Dates and times are subject to changes. Marylanders are invited to attend. 

  • Blue Carbon in Maryland webinar series, December 8, December 15, January 11, 2022. For more information and to register, click here. ​

  • The Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Working Group, December 14, 10 a.m.- noon via Google Meet: meet.google.com/sqw-ttck-waj

  • The Education, Communications and Outreach Working Group, December 15, 2021, 2-3 p.m. via Google Meet: 
Available in 2 languages:

Please choose English or Spanish.

Climate Change fact Sheet in English image link 

Read More About the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and its Working Groups:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Green House Gas Mitigation

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The Maryland Commission on Climate Change is interested in hearing from you. 




​​Additional Resources​

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act 
Working Groups Annual Work Plans
Maryland Commission on Climate Change Annual Reports
​​​​​​​Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
Laws and Executive Orders

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