Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) – Planning
Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) and the seven jurisdictions in the Baltimore region are joining together to create a plan to address harmful greenhouse gas emissions in our area.
Here's what this joint effort includes:
- Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP), due March 1, 2024
- Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP), due approximately July 31, 2025
- Status Report, due at the close of the four-year grant period
BMC will collaborate with regional partners to give key stakeholders and the public an opportunity to share their input on the plans. To learn more, read below, and explore our "Get Involved" section to make sure your voice is heard.
About the CPRG Planning Grant
BMC recently received a $1 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG). The grant will help the region and state create climate action plans for the region through a collaborative process.
This program, created by the Inflation Reduction Act, gives planning grants for climate action plans over the next four years. The project, led by BMC, will cover climate action planning in the Baltimore region, including Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, and Queen Anne’s County.
The Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) will be the first plan we will complete. The PCAP will include a greenhouse gas inventory, a list of priority emission reduction measures, and an analysis of potential benefits to low-income and disadvantaged communities. Emission reduction measures need to be in the PCAP to be eligible for EPA CPRG Implementation funding (see below).
By 2025, BMC will have a completed Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) that will build on the PCAP and include a more comprehensive look at the inventory, reduction measures, and other analyses.
The ultimate goal of this planning effort is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long term, making the region less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
BMC is teaming up with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to hear from community groups, local governments, and anyone interested. We want your thoughts on the most important ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Please fill out this survey by January 12, 2024, to share your ideas on the best ways to cut GHG emissions and make a difference in our region's approach to tackling climate change. GHG emission reduction Ideas or projects should be near-term, high priority, and ready to be implemented.
Your input will help shape Central Maryland's Priority Climate Action Plan, which is due to the EPA on March 1, 2024. You can also express interest in participating in a state-led competitive grant application under this program.
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RFP for CCAP and Public Engagement Consultant
BMC is soliciting proposals from a qualified and experienced consultant, or consultant team, to provide professional services for Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) Preparation and Public Outreach for the Baltimore Region.
In September 2023, the EPA announced over $4 billion in funding to implement greenhouse gas reduction measures across the country. Find additional information from EPA here.
For more information
Contact BMC’s CPRG Lead: Sara Tomlinson: firstname.lastname@example.org.