Gov. Moore Executive Order to Accelerate Maryland’s Climate Change Goals

Today, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) was honored to be present as Maryland Governor Wes Moore announced a new Executive Order to demonstrate effective implementation of Maryland’s Climate Pollution Reduction Plan through the leadership of state government. The plan aims to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions while also focusing on public health, environmental justice, and local green jobs. 

As part of Gov. Moore’s Executive Order, all state agencies will now have to submit a climate action plan and report progress to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) annually. The order will also establish a Climate Sub-Cabinet and roll out new building performance standards.

These actions will be instrumental in improving air and water quality, righting historical injustices, and improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Allison Colden, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Maryland Executive Director, issued the following statement:

“Maryland communities are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. By reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving green infrastructure, and prioritizing communities, our state agencies can lead by example on how climate change action can be done effectively. 

“Prioritizing natural infrastructure like forests and marshes that draw down and store carbon can also improve habitat and water quality, leading to a healthier Chesapeake Bay. We commend Gov. Moore for this Executive Order that will directly benefit public health, environmental justice, and Bay health.”


Valerie Keefer

Maryland Communications & Media Relations Manager, CBF

[email protected]

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