Maryland's Climate Leadership Academy is the nation’s first state-sponsored institution providing continuing education and executive training programs specifically designed for state and local government officials, infrastructure executives and business leaders.  The Academy will provide certificate and professional credential-oriented programs, curriculum that satisfies existing continuing education requirements for credentialed professionals and leadership training.

Established in June 2018 by the State of Maryland in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Academy will support the work of the Maryland Climate Change Commission serving as a tool that establishes a community of climate smart local government and infrastructure leaders.

Through extensive partnerships and guidance from a body of Maryland leaders and nationally recognized experts, the Academy's programming will be coordinated with universities and community colleges throughout the state, as well as other convening organizations, to deliver training programs statewide.  The Academy will advance professional competencies in integrating climate change into decision-making across sectors and occupations.

Climate change poses some of the most critical risks and opportunities for our generation and generations to come.  The need to deploy leaders and a workforce to meet this challenge is clear and present.

Our ability to effectively slow and counter climate change will ensure the health, prosperity and security for Marylanders today and tomorrow.