• Phil Webster

UULM-MD and the Maryland Climate Coalition

Updated: Feb 10, 2020

The UULM-MD Climate Change Task Force works in collaboration with the Maryland Climate Coalition. The coalition has 28 member organizations, including the Sierra Club of Maryland, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the League of Conservation Voters, Interfaith Power and Light, National Wildlife Federation and SunRise Movement of Howard County.

As a founding member of the Maryland Climate Coalition, UULM-MD has representatives on the Steering Committee, the Polity Committee, the Communications and the newly formed Outreach, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Committee. More information about the Coalition can be found at www.MarylandClimateCoalition.org.

The Coalition’s Legislative Priorities for the 2020 Maryland General Assembly was published in January. The priorities are a comprehensive approach to tackling climate change in Maryland.

An overview of the Plan follows:

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Reform will bring Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act into line with leading global science, requires state dedicate resources to frontline and disadvantaged communities and requires that Maryland follow established science.

In the buildings sector, bills will be introduced supporting and encouraging existing buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during retrofitting, and require new building to follow “net zero building standards”.

In the transportation sector, bills will be introduced that increase housing density and land use close to public transportation, support public transit funding, and promote increased in electric cars, and buses.

In the electricity sector, bills will be introduced to remove trash incineration and black liquor from the Renewable Energy Portfolio (i.e. they will no longer be considered renewable energy), close the remaining six coal fired electrical generation plants while supporting impacted workers and communities, require the Public Service Commission take climate change into account during deliberations, and allow communities to aggregate electricity requirements and negotiate directly with suppliers.

In the greenhouse gas drawdown (sequestration of existing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere) sector, bills will be introduced supporting commercial composting and the sequestration of carbon in soils.

The complete document is at http://marylandclimatecoalition.org/2020-climate-action-plan/

Follow the Maryland Climate Coalition on FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/MarylandClimateCoalition/) or Twitter (@MDClimateCo)

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