Leveraging its broad and diverse stakeholders and advisory council, Maryland's Climate Leadership Academy will establish a series of partnerships to facilitate curriculum development/deployment, secure training venues, reduce redundancies and integrate existing networks and communities into programming. In addition to working within the framework of existing organizations, the Academy will also serve to connect organizations and efforts, and will facilitate novel collaborations that will drive multi-stakeholder resource sharing, aggregation of interests and innovative pilot projects.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Advisors and faculty will be selected to ensure that all programs and curriculum are informed by a combination of experienced leaders, technical experts, academics and standard-setting organizations from a variety of disciplines.

Higher Education

The Academy’s advisory council will consist of thought leaders from a number of Maryland higher education institutions, as well as experts from around the nation.  Partnerships will be established with the University of Maryland System, local community colleges and other education providers to leverage existing capabilities, reduce redundancies and broaden deployment of training programs.

Local, Regional & Federal Government Collaboration

Conceived originally to provide crucial leadership development and workforce education programs to national and subnational government agencies, the Maryland Climate Academy will partner extensively with government entities and third-party organizations representing them (such as councils of government and municipal leagues).  These partnerships will enable government entities to inform the priorities of the Academy and also enable the Academy to position its activities as a tool supporting implementation of policy efforts.

Private Sector

Tackling climate change is not a task that can be limited to the public sector.  The Academy will work with Maryland businesses and chambers of commerce to ensure that its programming addresses their considerations and engages business communities.

Non-Profit Organizations

Mission-driven organizations are important partners to local and state climate change and resilience efforts.  Those organizations already working in related areas with Maryland communities will be sought out and actively encouraged to participate in the development, deployment and consumption of the Academy’s programs.