Julie Oberg(410) 537-3003
Robert Ballinger(410) 537-3012
BALTIMORE, MD (July 26, 2007) – Maryland is moving forward in charting a path for the future to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work to prevent sea level rise and coastal flooding. Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Secretary Shari T. Wilson today announces the appointment of 75 members of the Commission on Climate Change Working Groups.
“The 75 members of the working groups are critical to the mission at hand,” said Secretary Wilson. “Their broad range of expertise will prove invaluable in developing recommendations for a comprehensive strategy to address the challenges facing Maryland as a result of climate change.”
Governor Martin O’Malley signed an Executive Order on April 20 establishing the Maryland Climate Change Commission. Since that time, the Commission has met twice, including receiving a briefing from a national leader on climate change strategy and government action.
Under the Commission serve three working groups that are comprised of a broad range of stakeholders including municipalities, scientists, environmentalists, energy industry experts, Maryland businesses and citizens. The first working group meeting, which will be the Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Mitigation Working Group, is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at MDE headquarters.
The Commission, chaired by MDE, is charged with collectively developing an action plan to address the drivers and causes of climate change, prepare for the likely consequences and impacts of climate change to Maryland with and establish firm benchmarks and timetables for implementing the Commission’s recommendations.
The Commission on Climate Change is charged with addressing Maryland’s climate challenge on all fronts. The Commission and its working groups will:
Following is a list of the full membership of the Commission. A copy of the Executive Order, which outlines the specific tasks for the Commission and each of the working groups, is available at: www.gov.state.md.us/executiveorders/01.07.07ClimateChange.pdf.
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