February 16, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Maryland LCV Joins Governor Moore to Announce $90 Million for Maryland’s Climate Pollution Reduction Plan

Annapolis, MD, February 16, 2024 – In a  step towards implementing Maryland’s Climate Pollution Reduction Plan, Governor Wes Moore today announced that $90 million will be directed toward climate change programs. The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) celebrates this announcement in Maryland’s journey towards a sustainable future, as funds will be directed to critical climate change programs aimed at reducing emissions from Maryland’s two largest sources.

This funding designates $50 million for building electrification initiatives, $23 million for installing Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers at multi-family buildings, prioritizing low-and-moderate income communities, and $17 million for Electric School Buses (ESBs). These allocations are pivotal in reaching the state’s climate goals, and embody the administration’s commitment to a healthy and more equitable Maryland.

Kim Coble, Executive Director of Maryland LCV, praised the announcement, stating, “Governor Moore’s detailed plan for specific climate action programs marks a significant milestone in our state’s climate journey. It demonstrates a thoughtful approach to tackling climate change, with an eye towards justice and equity. These investments in building electrification, EV infrastructure, and electric school buses will not only help to reduce our carbon footprint, but also help build healthy and sustainable communities across Maryland.” 

The decision to focus on building electrification, EV charging infrastructure, and electric school buses highlights the Moore Administration’s commitment to prioritizing climate change solutions. Electrifying buildings, purchasing more electric school buses and expanding the EV charging network are directed at the two highest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions: transportation and buildings.

“We are particularly encouraged by the focus on supporting low-and-moderate income communities,” said Coble. “Ensuring equitable access to the benefits of clean energy and transportation is essential to Maryland LCV’s vision of a sustainable Maryland for everyone.”

To further advance the implementation of Maryland’s Climate Pollution Reduction Plan, Maryland LCV is currently working closely with our community partners and the Maryland General Assembly to pass legislation that advances solar access across the state, environmental justice, and sustainable land and water conservation. Please visit our website for more information and to see how you can get involved today for Maryland’s environment. 

Maryland LCV looks forward to supporting these programs, and continuing to work with the Moore administration and the Maryland General Assembly to ensure the success of Maryland’s ambitious climate agenda and the realization of a fully funded, effective climate strategy that benefits all Marylanders.

About Maryland LCV:
The Maryland League of Conservation Voters educates and activates people to take equitable and just political actions for clean water, healthy air and climate-resilient communities.