​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​“The urgency of the climate crisis is here. We owe it to ourselves, our state, and our future generations to take bold action now. That is why I am calling for eight specific actions to ensure Maryland meets the ambitious climate and environmental justice goals embedded in legislation passed during the recent legislative session." 
             - Governor Wes Moore​

Secretary Serena McIlwain leads MDE panel in testimony on 1.26.23 before the House Environment and Transportation Committee in Annapolis.

The Climate Solutions Now Act (CSNA) passed into law in 2022.  ​Commission leaders hosted Commission Talk: 
​The Climate Solutions Now Act​​
Watch the recorded webinar​ ​or view the slides. ​

Climate Change Community GIF by The Pew Charitable Trusts​​



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Since 2012, Maryland has seen considerable growth in Electric Vehicles (EVs) and EV Infrastructure in Maryland. As of December 31, 2022, there are: ​
  • ​63,000 registered EVs 
  • 1,256 stations 
  • 3,546 outlets ​​

Station Locator:​

https://afdc.energy.gov/stations


Sierra Club has written a guide to the various types of EVs. 





New! DOE Launches $10 Million Prize to Accelerate Community Solar in Underrepresented Communities

New! 
Here is the Auction Notice, information for potential bidders, and application materials for the quarterly RGGI carbon dioxide (CO2) allowance auction, to be held on March 8, 2023.

New! Communities can find climate data, funding sources, in this new White House portal​.

​Check out the National O​ceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) "Sea to Sky: Education Resource Database."

NASA offers an extensive collection of global warming resources​ for media, educators, weathercasters, and public speakers.

The Security and Sustainability Forum's webinar library is organized by nine subject tracks. 


The EPA an​nounced a new proposal to reduce pollution from oil and natural gas operations.


Find 200+ recordings in the Security and Sustainability Forum's Webinar Library, organized into nine learning tracks.​

The World Resources Institute  (WRI) experts are tracking COP27  progress. COP27 was held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in the fall of 2022. Explore WRI's Resource Hub​ for the latest news, articles, events, and more from COP 27.


A WRI Report Shows Maryland Ranks #1​ among states in "Reducing Emissions while Expanding the Economy."

Board of Public Works Approves Funding for Urban Trees Program and Climate Progress​

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) latest report​ summary ​for policy makers and Glossary of Terms​​

What does it mean to get to "net-zero" emissions?  ​

Maryland's comprehensive 2030 
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act (GGRA) Plan is available here​​​.

Maryland Surpas​ses 2020 Greenhouse Gas E​missions Reduction Goal. Read the news release on the 2030 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Progress Report

Marylanders, know your flood risk.

​​Read Maryland's Ocean Acidification (OA) Action Plan​ to better understand and combat this impact of climate chang​e.

Learn more about the role of healthy habitat in building coastal resilience.​​

Explore an energy topic as it relates to Climate Change in the
Energy 101 series by the University of Maryland Extension.

Discover Fifteen Ways to Save Energyin Your Home.​

Maryland is a member of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a member of the  Sustainable States Network.

(visit Sustainable Maryland), and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Learn how Climate Change adversely impacts human health -
a videoby the Centers for Disease Control. ​


Yale Center for Climate Communications offers
materials for educators Grades 6-12.​

Calculate your Carbon Footprint​ courtesy ​of the Nature Conservancy. Explore the many issues of Climate Change. Try the EPA's tool to see how you can change everyday behavior to reduce carbon emissions. It all adds up!   

Chesapeake Behavior Change helps individuals and organizations promote behaviors that help restore the Bay. ​
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The Maryland Energy Administration offers several funding programs​ to help
wit​h energy reduction, renewable energy, climate action and green jobs​. 


ClimateNow.org offers a series of free videos they call "A Climate Primer."​

ClimateCentral.org ​is an independent​ organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the public. 

United Nations: What is Climate Change?




Climate Change Program Communications Contact:

susan.casey1@maryland.gov ​



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Climate Change Program

​MDE's Climate Change Program oversees the development and implementation of the state's plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conducts the state's greenhouse gas emissions inventory​. The staff support the Maryland Commission on Climate Change, ​the Carbon Markets and Trees Commission, ​the Buildings Energy Transition Task Force​, the Building Energy Performance Regulations (BEPS) process, and they manage Maryland's membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the U.S. C​limate Alliance. This program also ensures the state complies with climate change related state and federal laws. 

Temperature change in Maryland since 1895​
Click on the chart for more information.​

Courtesy of Professor Ed Hawkins, University of Reading


The main cause of climate change is human activities, particularly the emission of greenhouse ​gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere. The Maryland Department of the Environment's (MDE) Climate Change Program is leading the state's efforts to reduce GHG emissions while creating jobs and benefiting the economy, as required by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (GGRA). Although many initiatives throughout the State contribute to these efforts, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the​ Commission on Climate Change​ are key efforts by MDE, each of which can be explored further by following the navigational links on top, left-hand side of this page. 

In November 2
018, a federal report ​advised that "climate change is affecting the natural environment, a​griculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, and human health and welfare across the U.S. and its territories."  ​The good news is that in Maryland, we have an action plan to combat it. 

Wi​th 3,100 miles of shoreline, Maryland i
s the fourth most vulnerable state to suffer the effects of sea-level rise associated with climate change. Rising sea levels and increased storm intensity could have devastating and far-reaching impacts on the Atlantic coast and the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem that affect the environmental, recreational, and economic benefits enjoyed by Marylanders and visitors. Although M​aryland's coastal areas may be considered particularly vulnerable, all areas ​of the state are at risk. In general, climate change alters the severity, frequency, or distribution of existin​g issues that are impacte​d either directly or indirectly by temperature and precipitation. This includes, but is not limited to: ​

  • Impacts on coastal, bay, and inland water quality parameters that may change the viable uses of surface water, such as for irrigation, recreation, or human consumption. MDE's Water and Science Administration's Climate Adaptation Goals and Strategies are available here. ​
  • More frequent disruptions to urban and coastal infrastructure in Maryland caused by extreme weather events and sea-level rise that may indirectly impact the economy of the region by restricting the flow of goods and affecting days worked;
  • Common stressors experienced among ecosystems, agriculture, fisheries, and forestry such as those caused by general changes in temperature and precipitation regimes; increased extreme weather events; and increased pressures from weeds, diseases, and pests;
  • Human health issues, including those affected by impacts on food and water supply, air quality, and extreme weather events; and
  • A higher probability of negative outcomes for disadvantaged communities and individuals inherently more sensitive or with a reduced adaptive capacity for responding to the impacts of climate change.
To learn more about climate change and what Maryland is doing to combat it, read the 2030 Greenhouse Gas Red​uction Plan and the progress report. MDE submitted the comprehensive plan to the Governor and the State Legislature on February 19, 2020, to coincide with the​ U.S.​A's return to the Paris Climate Agreement. For the national perspective, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Climate Change in the United States And, for the international perspective, read the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest report. 

Maryland has set the most aggressive GHG emissions reduction goals in the nation. Under the Climate Solutions Now Act (CSNA)​ that passed into law in 2022, a new target has been established at 60% (over 2006 level) by 2031 and net-zero emissions by 2045. MDE currently is working on a conceptual road map due by t​he end of June 2023. The final plan is due at the end of the year. 


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This site was created and is ​maintained by susan.casey1@maryland.gov



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