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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 meets at least four times per year. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed. The time, date and location for Commission meetings may be found on the calendar on this page. Meetings are open to the public.

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 time, date and location for Steering Committee and Working Groups' meetings may be found on the calendar on this page.

For information about the Maryland Commission on Climate Change, please contact Brian Hug:
Email:Brian.Hug@maryland.gov
Phone: 1-800-633-6101 or 1-800-735-2258 (TTY via MD Relay Service)

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.

Frequently-Accessed Publications

Plans and Reports

Laws and Executive Orders

2016 Work Plans

For a comprehensive list of documents related to Climate Change in Maryland, please click here.

Members

Governor Appointed and Standing Members

  • Ben Grumbles (Chair, Maryland Commission on Climate Change), Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Nancy K. Kopp, Maryland State Treasurer
  • Karen Salmon, Superintendent of Maryland Schools
  • Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary, Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • C. Gail Bassette, Secretary, Maryland Department of General Services
  • Mark Belton, Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Pete Rahn, Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation
  • David Craig, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Mary Beth Tung, Director, Maryland Energy Administration
  • Donald Boesch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • Chuck Fry, Maryland Farm Bureau
  • Charles Deegan, Critical Areas Commission
  • Climate Change Expert from a University Located in Maryland
  • Public Health Expert from a University Located in Maryland

 

Senate President Appointed Members

  • Paul G. Pinsky, Senator, Maryland General Assembly
  • Stuart Clark, Town Creek Foundation
  • Lori Arguelles, Alice Ferguson Foundation
  • Jim Strong, Representing Labor / Manufacturing
  • Michael Powell, Representing the Business Community

 

House Speaker Appointed Members

  • Dana Stein, Delegate, Maryland General Assembly
  • Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  • Anne Linder, Representing the Business Community
  • C. Richard D'Amato, Retired Attorney
  • Larry Kasecamp, Representing Labor / Building

 

Local Government Appointed Members

  • Jacob Day, Maryland Municipal League
  • Deni Taveras, Councilwoman, Prince George's County

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

Updated July 8, 2016

Meeting Materials

June 20, 2016

Moving Forward: 2016 Priorities

Update on By-laws

New Member Orientation

GGRA Reauthorization

Update on Funding for Working Groups

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

 

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.

Click here to read the 2016 Work Plan for the Adaptation and Response Working Group.

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

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.

Click here to read the 2016 Work Plan for the Education, Communication, Outreach Working Group.

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.

Click here to read the 2016 Work Plan for the Mitigation Working Group.

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

  • George (Tad) Aburn (Working Group Lead), Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Michael Powell, Representing the Business Community
  • Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Private Sector Representatives

  • Anne Linder, Exelon
  • Mike Remsberg, Trinity Consultants
  • R. Daniel Wallace, Bith Energy
  • John Quinn, BGE
  • Drew Cobbs, American Petroleum Institute
  • Tom Ballentine, NAIOP - Real Estate Development
  • Tom Dennison, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
  • Tom Weissinger, Raven Power

Public Sector Representatives

  • Jana Davis, Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Gerrit Knaap, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, University of Maryland College Park
  • 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
  • Les Knapp, Maryland Association of Counties
  • Alice Kennedy, Maryland Municipal League

Government Members

  • Colleen Turner, Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Chris Rice, Maryland Energy Administration
  • Christine Conn, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Susan Payne, Maryland Department of Agriculture

Steering Committee

  • George (Tad) Aburn (Working Group Lead), Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Michael Powell, Representing the Business Community
  • Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  • Colleen Turner, Maryland Department of Transportation
  • John Fiastro, Maryland Energy Administration
  • Christine Conn, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Susan Payne, Maryland Department of Agriculture

Updated July 27, 2016

July 25, 2016

June 27, 2016

May 23, 2016

April 24, 2016

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.

Click here to read the 2016 Work Plan for the Scientific and Technical Working Group.

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

July 13, 2016

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

Meeting Materials

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

 

Meeting Calendar