Maryland Seeking Public Input for Federal Action on Climate Change Preparedness
Deadline Extended: Comments accepted via series of surveys through March 21
Governor Martin O’Malley is calling on stakeholders, elected officials and citizens to provide input on how the Federal government can best assist Maryland in planning for and responding to climate change, through a series of quick and easy online surveys by topic. Governor O’Malley is currently serving as a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, charged with advising the President as to how federal agencies can best help states and communities understand, prepare for, and reduce the impacts of climate change.
“Recognizing that climate change impacts all sectors of our economy, society and environment, the Task Force is examining impacts and response strategies for a range of sectors, including disaster recovery, infrastructure investments, natural resource management, agriculture, human health and community development,” said Governor O’Malley. “The State is depending on Marylanders, those who see and experience climate change firsthand, to provide their observations, thoughts and ideas to help us improve State and Federal action.”
The Task Force is charged with providing recommendations to the President on how the Federal government should:
- Remove barriers, create incentives and otherwise modernize Federal programs to encourage investments, practices and partnerships that prioritize resources and facilitate increased resilience to climate impacts;
- Provide useful climate preparedness tools and actionable information for States, local communities and tribes; and
- Generally support state, local and tribal preparedness for and resilience to climate change.
Participants can contribute to one or more of the following climate-related survey topics: Disaster Recovery and Resilience; Built Systems: Transportation, Water, Energy and Facilities Infrastructure; Natural Resources and Agriculture; Communities: Human Health, Community Development; and Information, Data, Tools and Resource.
To provide input or for more information, visit dnr.state.md.us/climatechange/surveys/index.asp. Written responses should be directed to Zoë Johnson, 580 Taylor Ave., E2, Annapolis, MD 21401. The comment period has been extended through March 21, 2014.
Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, Maryland has become a national leader in both addressing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing the State and its communities for the impacts of climate change. Along these lines, since 2007, the State adopted Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan to achieve a 25 percent statewide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020; issued the Climate Change and Coast Smart Construction Executive Order, which directs new and renovated State facilities, be planned and built to avoid or minimize future flood damage; increased the State’s tree canopy through various initiatives, including Marylanders Plant Trees and 2013’s landmark no-net loss of forest legislation; and awarded more than a half-million dollars since 2009 to coastal communities to prepare for the impacts of climate change through the CoastSmart Communities program.
Initiatives and efforts such as these earned Governor O’Malley the League of Conservation Voters Climate Change Vision Award last year.
To learn more about what Maryland is doing to prepare for and respond to climate change, visit climatechange.maryland.gov and green.maryland.gov/addressing-climate-change. For more information or to track the progress of the Climate Preparedness and Resilience Task Force, click here.