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State of Maryland Climate Change and Coast Smart Construction Infrastructure Siting and Design Guidelines

To protect Maryland’s people, property, natural resources, and public investments in light of changing conditions, Governor Martin O’Malley issued the Climate Change and “Coast Smart” Construction Executive Order (EO) in December 2012.

Published: January 31, 2014
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan

The 2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act (GGRA) Plan fulfills the mandate to, by the end of 2012, propose a plan that achieves a 25 percent statewide reduction in GHG emissions by 2020, while also spurring job creation and helping improve the economy.

Published: October 8, 2013
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Additional documents

Appendix A
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Appendix B
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Appendix C
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Appendix D-1
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Appendix D-2
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Appendix E-1
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Appendix E-2
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Response to Comments
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Maryland: Smart, Green & Growing

This booklet provides the context for land use planning in Maryland, explaining the legal authority enjoyed by local jurisdictions that fall under the Land Use Article (revised from Articles 28 and 66B in 2012 through the code revision process) or Article 25A of the Maryland Annotated Code. Background on important Maryland planning law is covered, including the 1992 Planning Act, the 1997 Priority Funding Areas Act and other key planning legislation and policies subsequently passed.

Published: September 1, 2013
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Energy checklist for governmentsEffective Actions to Reduce Energy for Local Governments

Ways that local governments can take action to reduce energy use.

Published: August 26, 2013
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marylands_greenhouse_gas_reduction_plan_exec_summeryMaryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan: Executive Summary

“Climate change is real. Scientists agree. It’s happening now. It’s harmful and human-caused. We can make a difference through our actions.” In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland’s General Assembly charged the State with developing a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan that will reduce greenhouse gases 25 percent by the year 2020.

Published: July 25, 2013
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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan: Chapter 8 Adaptation

Climate change will affect Maryland in a variety of ways. More obvious impacts could include an increased risk for extreme events such as drought, storms, flooding, and forest fires; more heat-related stress; the spread of existing or new vector-born disease; and increased erosion and inundation of low-lying areas along the State’s shoreline and coast. Adaptation, together with mitigation, is necessary to address climate change.

Published: July 24, 2013
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