On May 21, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Association of Climate Change Officers will host a meeting to launch the Maryland Climate Academy.  At the meeting, which will be held at the inaugural State of the Coast Conference, participants will discuss a vision for the nation's first statewide climate academy and explore plans to secure the first cohort in Fall 2018.

Additionally, the meeting hosts will present a vision for establishing a collaborative network of local/state government and infrastructure sector leaders focused upon knowledge exchange, cohort learning and resource sharing.

Conceptualizing the Prospective Academy and Network

Prospective Actions through these Initiatives:

Participants would work together to shape and prioritize efforts, such as:

  • Aligning climate action with economic development
  • Advancing statewide preparedness and resilience
  • Scaling up clean energy development and consumption
  • Engaging the public to build better understanding and support
  • Developing goals and implementation strategies
  • Providing support to member communities in taking action locally
  • Sharing and aggregating community and staff resources
  • Cohort training to institutionalize clean energy and climate preparedness into critical decision-making roles

Academy Steering Committee:

The Academy's steering committee is being formed over the next few weeks.  Committee members will be announced shortly

May 21, 2018
9:30am - 4:30pm
Cambridge, Maryland

Meeting Agenda

Setting the Stage for Bold Action (9:30a – 12:00p)

  • State of the State of Maryland
  • A Glance at Maryland’s Climate Policy Response
  • Maryland’s Adaptation to a Changing Climate

Working Lunch (12:00p – 2:15p)

  • Forging Collaboration Between State & Local Leaders
  • Insights from Other State & Local Initiatives

Maryland Rising: Building Up Statewide Climate Capacity (2:15pm – 3:15pm)

  • The Case for Institutionalizing Climate Into Decision-Making
  • A Vision for Establishing the Maryland Climate Academy

Next Steps (3:15p – 4:15p)

  • Facilitated Discussion
  • Flipchart SWAT Analysis