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Maryland LCV Applauds Governor Wes Moore’s Landmark Executive Order on Climate Change

Baltimore, MD, June 4, 2024 – The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) celebrates Governor Wes Moore’s signing of a new executive order that mandates a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach to addressing climate change. This executive order marks a central moment in Maryland’s ongoing efforts to lead the nation in climate action and environmental justice. 

Today’s executive order requires every state agency to work collaboratively with the Maryland Department of the Environment to create and submit a Climate Implementation Plan (CIP) by November 1, 2024. These plans will outline the steps and timelines needed to fully implement the recommendations and actions detailed in Maryland’s Climate Pollution Reduction Plan, with a focus on prioritizing climate equity to ensure no communities are left behind. 

Kim Coble, Executive Director of Maryland LCV, attended and spoke at the signing ceremony, highlighting the organization’s role in driving Maryland’s climate policies forward. “Today’s executive order by Governor Moore demonstrates the urgency of addressing climate change and doing so in a way that benefits all of Maryland’s communities. By requiring every state agency to prioritize climate action and environmental justice, we are building a more sustainable Maryland together. Maryland LCV is proud to support these vital initiatives to protect our environment and our communities.”

Key components of the Executive Order include:

  1. Whole-of-Government Approach: All state agencies must develop and submit a Climate Implementation Plan to the Governor by November 1, 2024, detailing actions to meet the state’s climate goals.
  2. Prioritizing Climate Equity: Agencies are directed to advance environmental justice, addressing the disproportionate impacts of climate change on underserved communities, and aligning with Justice40 goals.
  3. Immediate Actions: Directives to propose zero-emission heating equipment standards, establish a clean heat standard, and work with RGGI states to set a new regional cap for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
  4. Clean Energy Standards: The Maryland Energy Administration is tasked with creating a framework to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035.
  5. Clean Transportation: The Maryland Department of Transportation is to establish annual targets for greenhouse gas reductions and vehicle miles traveled.
  6. Governor’s Subcabinet on Climate: This new subcabinet, chaired by Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Serena McIlwain and Chief Sustainability Officer Meghan Conklin, will oversee the coordination of climate efforts across state agencies.
  7. Annual Progress Reports: The Climate Subcabinet will submit yearly reports to the Governor, starting December 1, 2024, detailing the progress on climate goals.

This executive order is a significant victory for environmental advocates and marks a critical milestone in Maryland’s journey towards achieving its climate goals. Maryland LCV remains committed to working alongside Governor Moore and state agencies to ensure the successful implementation of these vital climate actions.

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. 

For more information about Maryland LCV and its initiatives, visit: www.MDLCV.org