ENVIRONMENT

We all know that our state is one of the most beautiful in the country—from the Appalachian Mountains to Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Coast—and I am committed to protecting our state’s most pristine natural resources.

But protecting our environment means more than providing adequate funding to our state parks and preserves, it means leading the nation on climate action, fighting the deadly pollution in our cities, and re-engineering Maryland’s infrastructure and planning policies. I want all children, including my daughter, to be able to enjoy our state’s natural treasures, just as I did as a child growing up in Maryland.

Maryland can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines—we must lead. We must take the necessary actions and make needed investments to protect our environment. As Policy Director for Michelle Obama and as Senior Advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton and Secretary John Kerry, I saw the power of government to bring people together to address important environmental priorities. I worked with agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, to develop policies on topics from food security and climate change to health and public diplomacy. I intend to leverage my experience in the private sector and at the highest levels of government to enact the most aggressive environmental agenda in Maryland history.

PRIORITIES

1. Leading U.S. on Climate Change: Achieving 50% Clean Energy by 2026 and 100% by 2035; Creating 80,000 Clean Energy Jobs; Making Maryland More Resilient; and Building a 21st Century Transportation System.

2. Saving the Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries: Investing in Natural Systems; Implementing the Phosphorus Management Tool; Improving Agricultural Practices; Reducing Pollution from Septic Tanks and Seepage Pits; and Addressing Upstream Threats.

3. Securing Environmental Justice for Vulnerable Communities: Reducing Air Pollution; Guaranteeing Clean Water; Reducing Lead Poisoning and other Toxic Pollution; Incorporating Climate Justice into Decision-Making; and Increasing Recycling to Reduce Pollution and Create Jobs

4. Conserving Maryland’s Treasured Landscapes: Investing in Historic Downtowns and Support Infill Redevelopment; Reforest Maryland; Elevating Local Voices in Consideration of Energy Projects; Conserving 50% of the Rural Land-base on the Eastern Shore; and Reducing Impacts from Industrial Agricultural Facilities.

5. Creating the Strongest Outdoor Economy on the East Coast: Investing in Recreational Access and Conservation; Marketing our Natural Resources and Heritage; and Increasing Wildlife Populations.