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Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC)

Maryland’s Commission on Climate Change is charged with advising the Governor and General Assembly on ways to mitigate the causes of, prepare for, and adapt to the consequences of climate change and maintaining and strengthening the State's existing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, also referred to as the Plan. Commission priorities include building broader partnerships with federal, State and local governments and the private sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the likely impacts of climate change in Maryland, better communicating with and educating Marylanders about the urgency of the challenge and options to address it, and establishing action plan goals and timetables for implementation.

Maryland has documented a sea level rise of more than one foot in the last century, increasing water temperatures in the Chesapeake Bay, more rain and flooding in the winter and spring and more arid summers. Maryland's people and their property, natural environment and public investments are extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts.

The Commission, originally created by a 2007 Executive Order, was strengthened by a 2014 Executive Order and 2015 legislation with requirements to expand the Commission membership and maintain a comprehensive action plan, with 5-year benchmarks, to achieve science-based reductions in Maryland's greenhouse gas emissions.

The Commission is supported by a Steering Committee and four working groups. These working groups represent diverse stakeholder interests and bring broad perspective and expertise to the Commission's work.

The 2015 MCCC Final Report is available here

The 2015 GGRA Plan Update is available here (Publication Date March 23, 2016)

Membership

One member appointed by Senate President

  • Senator Paul G. Pinsky, Senator, Maryland General Assembly

 

One member appointed by House Speaker

  • Delegate Dana Stein, Delegate, Maryland General Assembly

 

Government Appointees

  • Ben Grumbles, Chair of Commission and Secretary of the Environment
  • Nancy K. Kopp, Maryland State Treasurer
  • Jack R. Smith, Interim Superintendent of Maryland Schools
  • Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary of Agriculture
  • C. Gail Bassette, Secretary of General Services
  • Mark Belton, Secretary of Natural Resources
  • David Craig, Secretary of Planning
  • Pete Rahn, Secretary of Transportation
  • Adelisia "Leigh" Williams, Director, Maryland Energy Administration
  • Donald Boesch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)

 

Nongovernmental/Nonprofit Appointees

  • Stuart Clarke, Town Creek Foundation
  • Lori Arguelles, Alice Ferguson Foundation
  • Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  • Amy Owsley, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
  • Lynn Heller, Abell Foundation
  • Chuck Fry, Maryland Farm Bureau
  • Brad Karbowsky, United Association of Plumbers and Fitters

 

Local Government Appointees

  • Kelley Russell, Frederick City Alderman
  • Jacob Day, Maryland Municipal League

 

Business Appointees

  • Sue Briggum, Vice President, Waste Management, Inc.
  • C. Richard D’Amato, Retired Attorney
  • John Quinn, Director of State Affairs, BGE
  • Peter Zadoretzky, Sustainability Manager, The Bozzuto Group
  • Michael Powell, Business Community Representative

Updated October 1, 2015.

Advisory Committee

The Commission shall consult with and seek the advice of the following advisors as appropriate: Department of Budget & Management, Department of Business & Economic Development, Department of General Services, Department of Housing & Community Development, Department of Information Technology, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Maryland Association of Counties, Maryland Insurance Commission Maryland Municipal League, and Public Service Commission

Meeting Schedule

  • October 2015

    Time: TBD
    Location: TBD

     

  • July 2015

    Time: TBD
    Location: TBD

     

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    Location: National Aquarium - Baltimore
    Agenda

     

  • Friday, February 27, 2015

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    DNR headquarters - Annapolis
    Agenda & meeting minutes

     

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    MDE headquarters – Baltimore
    Agenda & meeting minutes

     

*Commission meetings are to be held at least four times per year. Commission members will arrange for additional meetings if the group believes it necessary. Meetings are open to the public, and time for public comment will be provided.

Supporting Documents

April 18, 2016

October 29, 2015

October 22, 2015

October 9, 2015

September 8, 2015

August 5, 2015

July 16, 2015

June 29, 2015

May 26, 2015

February 27, 2015

January 20, 2015

December 8, 2014

Additional Documents

Additional Information

Previous Commission Reports

Contact Information

Brian Hug

brian.hug@maryland.gov
Call 1-800-633-6101 or 1-800-735-2258 (TTY via MD Relay Service)

Public Comment

MDE is committed to assuring public participation and stakeholder involvement in all the Department's activities through numerous programs that encourage public participation and public responsibility in order to achieve Maryland's public health and environmental protection goals.

The Maryland Climate Change Commission is interested in hearing from you about Maryland's climate change efforts.

Please send an email to climate.change@maryland.gov with your comments or recommendations.

 

Working Groups

Adaptation and Response Working Group

The Adaptation and Response Working Group is charged with developing a Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Climate Change vulnerability. The Strategy includes both short-and long-term measures that State and local governments may undertake in planning for and adapting to a rise in sea levels due to climate change.

ARWG meetings will be held quarterly at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The meetings are open to MCCC members and stakeholders.

February 4, 2016

July 29, 2015

April 17, 2015

Education, Communication, Outreach Working Group

The Education, Communications and Outreach Working Group is working to address specific communication needs throughout the year focusing on message development & strategy, outreach & education, grassroots & policy and deliverables.

Standing meeting: Third Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. – Noon at MDE

Commission Chair: Lori Arguelles

Staff: Maryland Department of the Environment

Working Group Members

Mitigation Working Group

A comprehensive Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy, as well as a detailed implementation plan, is to be prepared by the Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Mitigation Working Group. The Strategy sets goals to reduce Maryland's greenhouse gas emissions to their 1990 levels by 2020, and to eighty percent of 2006 levels by 2050.

Scheduled meetings of the Mitigation Working Group are listed in the Meeting Calendar section of this page.

Commission Liaison: George (Tad) Aburn, Mike Powell and Stuart Clarke

Staff: Maryland Department of the Environment & Maryland Energy Administration

Mitigation Working Group Membership

Co-Chairs

  • Michael Powell, Representing the Business Sector
  • Stuart Clarke, Town Creek Foundation
  • George (Tad) Aburn (Working Group Lead), Maryland Department of the Environment

Private Sector Representatives

  • Anne Linder, Exelon
  • Mike Remsberg, Trinity Consultants
  • R. Daniel Wallace, Bith Energy
  • Melanie Samtiago-Mosier, Sun Edison
  • Drew Cobbs, API
  • Tom Ballentine, NAIOP - Real Estate Development
  • Tom Dennison, SMECO
  • Tom Weissinger, Raven Power

Public Sector Representatives

  • Jana Davis, Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  • Gerrit Knaap, National Center for Smart Growth
  • Arjun Makhijani, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
  • Joe Uehlein, Labor Network for Sustainability
  • Anya Schoolman, Community Power Network
  • Rebecca Ruggles, Maryland Environmental Health Network

Other Representatives

  • Chuck Fry, Maryland Farm Bureau
  • Ben Hobbs, Johns Hopkins University
  • Brad Karbowsky, United Association of Plumbers and Fitters
  • Jim Strong, United Steelworkers
  • Leslie Knapp, Maryland Association of Counties
  • Alice Kennedy, Maryland Municipal League

Government Members

  • Dorothy Morrison, Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Kristen Ahearn, Maryland Energy Administration
  • Matt Fleming, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Steering Committee

  • Michael Powell, Representing the Business Sector
  • Stuart Clarke, Town Creek Foundation
  • George (Tad) Aburn, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Dorothy Morrison, Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Maryland Energy Administration

Technical Advisors

  • Peter Doo, Green Building Council
  • Joanne Throwe, University of Maryland Finance Center
  • Marissa Paslick, Public Service Commission
  • Jason Dubow, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Susan Payne, Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • Ken Holt, Designee, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Lauren Buckler, Maryland Department of General Services
  • Debbie Drankiewicz, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Steve Walz, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Todd Lang, Baltimore Metropolitan Council
  • Dorothy Morrison, Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Luke Wisniewski, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Kristen Ahearn, Maryland Energy Administration
  • K. Christopher Clark, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Justin Hynicka, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Cindy Parker, Bloomberg School of Public Health

May 23, 2016

April 24, 2015

March 14, 2016

February 29, 2016

November 19, 2015

October 9, 2015

September 3, 2015 Mitigation Working Group Meeting

July 27, 2015 Mitigation Working Group Meeting

July 23, 2015 MWG Economic Subgroup Meeting

July 20, 2015 MWG Goal Setting Subgroup Meeting

July 16, 2015 MWG Meeting

July 13, 2015 MWG Energy Subgroup Meeting

June 19, 2015 MWG Transportation Subgroup Meeting

June 5, 2015

May 21, 2015

May 6, 2015

Additional Documents

Scientific and Technical Working Group

The Scientific and Technical Working Group is developing a Comprehensive Climate Change Impact Assessment to provide information and advice on the scientific and technical aspects of climate change. To develop the Assessment, the Working Group is inventorying Maryland's greenhouse gas emission sources and sinks; calculating Maryland's carbon footprint (a measure of the impact of human activity on the environment); investigating the dynamics of climate change based on current and future climate models and predictions; and evaluating the impact of climate change on agriculture, forest resources, fresh water supply, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and human health.

Standing meeting: To be scheduled

Commission Liaison: Donald Boesch, Ph.D., State Treasurer Nancy Kopp

Staff: University of Maryland system, Maryland Department of the Environment & Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Working Group Members

  • Ghassem Asrar - Joint Global Change Research Institute
  • Donald F. Boesch - University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)
  • Antonio J. Busalacchi - Earth Science Interdisciplinary Center, UMCP
  • Eric A. Davidson - Appalachian Laboratory, UMCES
  • Gerrit J. Knaap - National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, UMCP
  • Cindy L. Parker - Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • Belay Demoz - Joint Center for Earth Systems Technologies, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • David A. Vanko - Fisher School of Science, Towson University
  • Eric D. Wachsman - University of Maryland Energy Research Center, UMMCP

updated July28,2015

Steering Committee

The Commission’s Steering Committee is tasked with combining and refining working group work plans to establish a Commission work plan for the coming year; and with developing a proposal for the format, content and production schedule for the November report.

Meeting Schedule

Standing meeting: To be scheduled

Working Goup Members

Co-Chairs: Stuart Clarke and John Quinn

Staff: Maryland Department of the Environment

Supporting Documents

April 28, 2016
June 11,2015
May 28, 2015
April 23, 2015

 

Meeting Calendar