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Maryland Climate Action

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coming Events

Event series

Tuesdays Sept 13 to Oct 25, 10:30 to noon - The Maryland Clean Energy Center, the Connecting to the Energy Economy Speaker Series hosts FREE webinars feature significant and current topics, with an impressive assembly of panelists offering information for those who want to enable resilient operations and decarbonize facilities and fleets. Scheduled sessions will address the programs, policies, and initiatives that could redefine and further the advancement of clean energy generation, facilitate environmental justice for disadvantaged consumers, and encourage access to incentives and financing strategies to assist in implementation- including the Energy as a Service model. Select the programs you want to attend live via Zoom. Follow-up program links to recordings will also be emailed to Regi rants following each program. More info here Register for multiple sessions here

Solutions to Achieve Building Energy Performance Standards (Oct 25)

Master Energy Plan Design & Implementation for Facility Maintenance & Operation (Oct 25*)

Monday, Oct 3, 7 pm - Webinar - What’s the Deal with Vermont Gas’ Bid to Buy “Renewable” Natural Gas from New York’s largest landfill? - Vermont Gas Systems is currently petitioning the Public Utility Commission to approve a Renewable Natural Gas contract with the largest landfill in NYS. Here's what you need to know and do. Register here. Speakers:

Catherine Bock, intervenor in the case

Chase Whiting of Conservation Law Foundation

Stuart Blood who lays out the case in this blog post VGS’s Virtual RNG Program

Tuesday, Oct 4, 1 pm How Unprecedented Incentives and Funding in the Inflation Reduction Act Can Advance Local Climate Action - The City Renewables Accelerator, co-led by RMI and WRI, is excited to announce a 4th installment of our federal funding learning series. The learning series has focuses on helping local governments and community partners understand, navigate, and pursue federal funding opportunities that can advance ambitious local climate action and resilience projects. This upcoming session spotlights the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, help communities better understand the latest federal funding opportunities and related changes, and highlights the most up-to-date tools and resources. Register here.

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2-4 pm - MCCC Mitigation Working Group - Please hold this time for an extra public meeting re recommendations for the Annual Report. For info and to get on the list to receive meeting updates email: susan.casey1@maryland.gov

Join with Google Meet link: meet.google.com/pde-dfnw-gfm

Join by phone (US) +1 224-541-0775 PIN: 387793124

Agenda - Recommendations for the Annual Report - Discussion draft

Wednesday, Oct 5, 7 pm - Howard County Solar Info Session Online. Register here. You will learn about the basics of residential power, the installation process, financial considerations, and HOW YOU CAN RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT off the market price of your solar system through the Solar Co-op Program! The Columbia Association has partnered with Civic Works Energy Programs to make it easy and affordable for residents to go solar. As a non-profit community resource, Civic Works Energy Programs serves as your advocate and guides you through each step of the process. Your Energy Advisor will offer personalized assistance, answer questions, and ensure that you receive quality service from a vetted and screened contractor.

Wednesday, Oct 5, 7:30 - Ask an EV Owner - 1st Wednesday of the every month at 7:30 p.m. Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington DC (EVADC) hosts this monthly on-line event for those who have any EV questions. Details and zoom links

Thursday, Oct 6, 9:30 am - MD Pension & Climate Risk: The Road to Net Zero - Speakers will include former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Sarah Bloom Raskin, pension fund decarbonization expert Tom Sanzillo, Maryland Senator Sarah Elfreth, and Maryland Delegate Brooke Lierman. Recognizing that climate risk is investment risk, Maryland enacted legislation (SB 566 and HB 0740) in 2022 that requires the State Retirement and Pension System (SRPS) to assess climate risk across certain parts of its investment portfolio, and identify investment opportunities in renewable energy technologies. This bill is a positive move toward decarbonizing the SRPS and reducing climate risk for retirees, but more work is needed to fully decarbonize its portfolio. Join us as we talk about next steps! Register here.

Wednesday, Oct 12, 1:00-2:30 pm ET Electrify Everything Locally! Chat ‘n Act by Elders for Regenerative Living This session is about working within your own community, as well as your building departments to bring about change. There will be a conversation with Diane Bailey of the Campaign for Fossil Free Buildings Silicon Valley about actions that have worked in the San Francisco Bay Area and that will work anywhere. Interactive discussion and action planning. Participants will receive reading material and resources in preparation for each of the sessions. Optional donation. Register here.

Thursday, Oct 13, 6 pm Howard County Sustainability Board Meeting. Public meeting in person at Howard County Conservancy in Mount Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Rd, Woodstock, MD

Tuesday, Oct 16 - Mitigation Working Group - regular meeting which is usually 10 to noon. Access via Google Meet - https://meet.google.com/oea-qxha-zfc For info and to get on the list to receive meeting updates email: susan.casey1@maryland.gov. Continued review of Recommendations for the Annual Report - Discussion draft from the Oct 4 meeting.

Wednesday, Oct 19 - Howard Community College Sustainability Day Burrill Galleria (GAL - Dwight A. Burrill Galleria) , HCC Flyer Campus Map

10-3 Table Fair - Also workshops, films, zooms throughout the day.

3-6 pm - Campus Tours & Service Projects

Thursday, Oct 20, 6-9 pm CCAN 20th Anniversary Celebration at District Winery in Washington DC. Join the Chesapeake Climate Action Network for a FANTASTIC Party on Thursday Night October 20th. We’re Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary on the Banks of the Anacostia River in DC with Beer, Wine, Tons of Great Food, Music, a Silent Auction, and Great Speakers Featuring Bill McKibben, the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, and Others. Fundraiser tickets $100 or more. Register here.

Thursday, Oct 27, 1-3 pm - Maryland Commission on Climate Change - Join via Google Meet. ​

Wednesday, Nov 9, 1-3 m. Maryland Commission on Climate Change, Hybrid meeting - via Google Meet​ and in person at MDE headquarters first floor conference rooms. 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230​.

2022 Climate and Sustainability webinars

Climate Solutions: How We Create a Better Future

5 Sessions: Wednesdays, June 15 - Sept. 7

4 - 5:30 p.m. via zoom

Details and registration

Dr. Sara Via, professor and climate extension specialist at UMD College Park, is leading a free webinar series on climate change and sustainability. Topics planned are:

  • June 15: Visualize a Better World & handout with the slides

  • July 6: The Economics of Climate Change: Cheaper to Fix than Ignore

  • July 27: Indigenous Views of Nature and Rebuilding Biodiversity: Back to the Future

  • Aug. 17: We Need an Epidemic of Climate Action

  • Sept. 7: Let’s Talk About Climate Change: Motivate Everyone You Know To Be Part of the Solution