February 2, 2017
This report seeks to help the state of Maryland document the important work it is already doing to prepare for the impacts of climate change and to provide recommendations for additional steps that the state could take, drawing on examples of practices from other states. In order to protect lives, health, property, economies, and natural systems, states need to adapt how they plan, regulate, and make investments to consider future climate change. This report includes case study examples of how Maryland and other states are tackling the impacts of climate change by creating interagency commissions, requiring considerations of climate change in state planning and investment decisions, developing tools and science to support decisionmaking, and supporting local action on climate change.
To develop this report, the Georgetown Climate Center leveraged our State Adaptation Progress Tracking tool. The Center actively tracks the progress states are making in preparing for the impacts of climate change through our state progress-tracking tool.
To support the Maryland's Adaptation and Response Working Group the Center helped capture the progress state agencies are making in implementing the state's two adaptation plans: (1) the Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change, Phase I: Sea-level rise and coastal storms (2008) and (2) the Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change, Phase II: building societal, economic, and ecological resilience (2011). The Center also provided examples of best practices from other states that Maryland could consider for spurring additional climiate preparedness activities at both the state and local levels.
Georgetown Climate Center's adaptation recommendations consist of the following:
In addition to this report on adaptation recommendations for the state, the Center also provided recommendations on how the state could build upon its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Georgetown Climate Center developed resources to inform the Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC) and its working groups during their deliberations to identify climate policy priorities for the near term. Both reports can be found HERE.
In the these two reports, the Center identifies issues that may be of interest to the MCCC as it reports on the status of Maryland’s climate change efforts, develops recommendations for legislative action, and develops workplans for 2017 and beyond. The Center also supports Maryland state agencies in other capacities, including by serving as a facilitator of the Transportation and Climate Initiative, which Maryland participates in. The Georgetown Climate Center's work to serve as a resource for the MCCC is funded by the Town Creek Foundation.