Programs for Elected/Appointed Officials in State & Local Government and City/County Management


The Maryland Climate Leadership Academy was established to build capacity at the community level to effectively plan for and take action on climate change. As part of that capacity building, it is critically important for the Academy to establish and deliver programs aimed at elected officials and city/county mangers. Their leadership and policymaking activities will play an invaluable role in shaping the community’s success in climate-related endeavors. Also, these individuals play a significant role in the community’s awareness and understanding of key issues that affect people’s health, security and economic vitality.

To ensure that elected and appointed officials are sufficiently knowledgeable about the implications of climate change upon their communities and/or agency missions, the following programs will be offered through the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy.

Upcoming Programs

January 7, 2020
8:30am - 5:00pm
Annapolis, Maryland

Class #1 (January 7, 2020)

This one-day program will build foundational knowledge around climate change impacts to regional and local economies across Maryland, as well as examining impacts to critical infrastructure and public health. Participants will gain insight into policies, authorities, and the tools available for understanding and adapting to various climate implications. Scenario planning exercises will give attendees an opportunity to work through analyzing options and opportunities for resilience and adaptation. A portion of the course will also be dedicated to hearing from other state and local leaders on actions being taken and lessons learned.

Class #2 (TBD)

This half-day workshop will focus on building coalitions and employing communication strategies necessary for addressing climate change impacts in Maryland. There will be activities designed to build messaging strategies for specific audiences and create greater resiliency through climate action networks.