Maryland Gov. Moore fills two new climate change positions.

On Wednesday, Maryland Governor Wes Moore announced the creation of two new positions to address climate change in the state. The two positions are the first of their kind in Maryland’s history, and they reflect the state’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

The first position is the Chief Sustainability Officer, responsible for developing and implementing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of clean energy in Maryland. The officer will work closely with state agencies, local governments, and the private sector to achieve Maryland’s climate goals.

The second position is the Chief Resilience Officer, who will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to help Maryland communities prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The officer will work closely with state agencies, local governments, and community organizations to ensure Maryland is prepared for extreme weather events, sea-level rise, and other climate-related risks.

Governor Moore appointed Meghan Conklin to serve as Maryland’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Conklin has over 20 years of experience in environmental policy and sustainability, and she most recently served as the Director of Sustainability for the City of Baltimore. Governor Moore also appointed Dr. Samantha Smith to serve as Maryland’s first Chief Resilience Officer. Dr. Smith has over 15 years of experience in climate adaptation and resilience, and she most recently served as the Director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Governor Moore said that creating these two positions is a critical step in Maryland’s efforts to address climate change and protect the state’s residents and economy. “Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges facing our state and our planet,” said Governor Moore. “By creating these two positions, we are sending a clear message that Maryland is committed to taking bold action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and build a more sustainable and resilient future for all Marylanders.”

Environmental groups and advocates praised the creation of these two positions. “Maryland is taking a proactive approach to addressing climate change, and these two positions are a critical part of that effort,” said Mike Tidwell, Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “We look forward to working with Chief Sustainability Officer Conklin and Chief Resilience Officer Smith to ensure that Maryland is a leader in the fight against climate change.”

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