Reports

Report | Environment Maryland

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is on the rise. Over the course of the last decade, the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the United States has increased more than 120-fold, from 97 megawatts in 2003 to more than 12,000 megawatts at the end of 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, solar energy accounted for 74 percent of all the new electric generation capacity installed in the United States. The cost of solar energy is declining, and each year tens of thousands more Americans begin to reap the benefits of clean energy from the sun, including energy generated right on the rooftops of their homes or places of business.

Report | Maryland Climate Coalition

Maryland Climate Coalition Announces Mini-Grants

The Maryland Climate Coalition is soliciting submissions for small grants to support climate change work. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to secure some funding to work on this critical issue! 

The Coalition's mission is to unite Marylanders to mitigate climate change to protect our environment, health, and economy. We work to educate and mobilize Marylanders in support of innovative and effective solutions to combat climate change. Our broad Coalition utilizes public education, grassroots organizing, and innovative public policy to promote solutions to protect public health, safeguard our environment, and strengthen our economy.

Examples of projects the Coalition will consider include, but are not limited to: local events that educate about how climate issues impact our lives and offer tools for action; community organizing and community outreach initiatives that promote Maryland doubling its commitment to clean energy; and targeted efforts to galvanize new constituencies (e.g. labor, faith groups, civil rights organizations, low-income advocates, business, etc.) in helping make Maryland a national leader in climate policy.

Awards of up to a maximum of $1000 will be considered. Awards will be distributed in  increments of $500, $750 or $1000. Applications are due August 13th.  

Please see the attached application (in PDF) above for more details.

Report | Environment Maryland

Catching the Wind

The Atlantic coastline is at the epicenter of America’s energy and environmental challenges, with state leaders currently facing critical decisions to meet the region’s growing energy demands and protect our communities and wildlife from the impacts of climate change. The cities, metropolitan areas, and sprawling suburbs that stretch along the East Coast have a massive, pollution-free energy source ready to meet these challenges –– offshore wind.

 Responsibly developed offshore wind power offers a golden opportunity to meet our coastal energy needs with a clean, local resource that will spur investments in local economies –– creating unparalleled job growth and avoiding the need to export hard-earned energy dollars outside the region. For over twenty years, Europe has been reaping these benefits of offshore wind power –– including over 58,000 jobs –– and countries around the globe are rapidly mobilizing to tap their offshore wind resources using today’s commercially available, advanced technologies.

Thanks to the leadership of the federal government, forward-thinking state leaders, resolute wind industry pioneers, and engaged stakeholders, this immense clean energy resource is finally within reach. This report documents the unique benefits of Atlantic offshore wind power and highlights key progress made to date, while identifying the critical actions state leaders must take to build on this foundation and finally bring this game-changing clean energy solution online.

Report | Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center

Wasting Our Waterways

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year – threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toxic discharges from industrial facilities are responsible for polluting more than 17,000 miles of rivers and about 210,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.

To curb this massive release of toxic chemicals into our nation’s water, we must step up Clean Water Act protections for our waterways and require polluters to reduce their use of toxic chemicals.

Report | Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center

Shalefield Stories

Across the country, fracking is contaminating drinking water, making nearby families sick with air pollution, and turning forest acres into industrial zones. We believe it is vital for the public to hear directly from people living on the frontlines of fracking, and so Environment America Research & Policy Center is supporting the Shalefield Stories project—a booklet designed and published by Friends of the Harmed, group of volunteer citizen-journalists committed to providing support to affected individuals and families living in the shalefields of Western Pa.

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