History

The Maryland Climate Coalition brings together environmental, faith, health, labor, and civic organizations to advance clean energy and climate policies in Maryland.

In the fall of 2010 a small cadre of environmental organizations began the Wind Works for Maryland collaboration to bring offshore wind energy to Maryland. The offshore wind campaign illustrated a bold vision for a cleaner and healthier energy future for Maryland.  It inspired and energized thousands of citizens from across the state and captured the national spotlight as hundreds of environmental, health, labor, business, faith and student groups, and thousands of ordinary Marylander voters, joined together to push lawmakers in Annapolis to make offshore wind power a reality in Maryland. In 2013 the Maryland General Assembly passed the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act and Governor O’Malley signed it into law.

The offshore wind campaign also galvanized and united the organizations involved, leading to the formation of the Maryland Climate Coalition. Since then, the Coalition has grown to sixteen members who leverage their combined policy expertise and grassroots organizing strength to continue working to maintain Maryland’s leadership position as a climate and clean energy leader.

Comprised of national, regional, state, and local advocacy organizations, the Maryland Climate Coalition is committed to advancing policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Circle

400 supporters holding glowing mini-wind turbines outside the statehouse at a Maryland Climate Coalition rally in 2012. Offshore wind supporters then circled the statehouse to show support for offshore wind.

Mission

The mission of the Maryland Climate Coalition is to unite Marylanders to mitigate climate change to protect our environment, health, and economy. The Coalition works with a broad range of partners engaging in policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and public education.

What We Do

  • The Maryland Climate Coalition creates a “common table” for the climate advocacy community (both volunteers and professionals) by promoting collaboration, information sharing, and openness among groups

  • We increase efficiency and avoid duplication of efforts and develop capacity that no one organization can come to on its own. 

  • We provide an educational, conversational, and strategic planning space where climate leaders and those who are experiencing frontline effects from climate change can learn, deliberate, and grow together towards shared long-term goals and shorter-term benchmarks to achieve them

  • The Coalition discusses, votes on, and advocates for our shared campaign priorities

  • We add value to our members through advocacy and policy support, communications assistance, and information sharing and networking opportunities. In return, we leverage the strength and power of our members as a collective voice to inform and educate decision makers throughout the state.