Climate Coalition Membership Application
Over the past 6 months, the Maryland Climate Coalition has engaged in an open process to reimagine who we are and how we function. We are now actively soliciting new members. The Coalition will be made up of members that are local, state, regional, and national non-governmental organizations committed to a net zero emissions future. Membership is open to any organization that is aligned with our principles, demonstrates a commitment to take action, and abides by our governance.

The Coalition joined together in 2010 to support offshore wind development and soon created a “common table” for the climate advocacy community by promoting collaboration, information sharing, and openness among groups. We increase efficiency and avoid duplication of efforts and develop capacity that no one organization can come to on its own. We provide an educational, conversational, and strategic planning space where climate leaders and those who are experiencing frontline effects from climate change can learn, deliberate, and grow together towards shared long-term goals and shorter-term benchmarks to achieve them. The Coalition discusses, votes on, and advocates for our shared campaign priorities

Learn more about our governance model and history here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p6K-qgbEZ40DDDl3Ui6OO8vWSDobY4L3d8VUwwEG2io/edit?usp=sharing

Learn more about the principles that unite our coalition here (also listed below in the application for your agreement): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yuETW6YAIsuLcmvhm_lsYF9HSHy4G3mdYrhgZcOQ9-M/edit?usp=sharing

Learn about our 2020 Climate Action plan here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LV41TIe55eU5avvGtysfUYwt9Lh8rmqVX0Im9R-i8Nk/edit?usp=sharing

Question? Contact Dan Furmansky, Coalition Coordinator, at danfurmansky@gmail.com
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Name of Organization *
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Briefly Describe Your Organization's Mission, Goals & Focus *
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Are You a Membership Organization? If Yes, How Do You Define Members & How Many Members Do You Have? *
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Is Your Organization IRS-Designated? (i.e. 501(c)(4), 501(c)(3), 501(c)(5), etc. *
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Does Your Organization Engage in Direct and/or Grassroots Lobbying? *
Do You Have Paid Staff? Please Clarify. *
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What is your annual budget for your Maryland climate/energy work? *
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In order to support the Coalition’s continued functioning, especially its staffing, Members are asked to pay annual dues. Dues will be calculated based on 0.15% of an organization’s budget. An organization with a larger geographic scope may count its budget as only its Maryland members. Some Coalition participants with scarce funds have volunteers or specific experiences that add value to the Coalition and allow the organization to provide a resource that is valuable to the Coalition as a whole. Upon request, the Steering Committee will evaluate whether, because of demonstrable financial constraints or an organizational mission that is much larger than just climate issues, the dues paid by an organization may be adjusted. Do you request special consideration related to your annual dues? *
What is Your Organization's Governance Model? In other words, how does your organization choose its priorities and where to direct its energy? *
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Are there particular climate issues that your organization is most focused on? *
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Where do you want to provide capacity within the coalition? *
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Website URL and Social Media Handles *
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In addition to the primary and secondary contacts listed above, are there any other individuals who should be added to the Climate Coalition listserv? Please list names and emails below.
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Have you read the Coalition's governance document and do you agree to abide by it? *
Maryland Climate Coalition proposes 7 principles to guide Maryland on the path to a clean, renewable, just and equitable energy future. All actions, public and private, taken to address the climate crisis in Maryland should: ***PRINCIPLE ONE*** Comprehensively address climate change by reducing and eventually eliminating greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the impacts of climate change, sequestering carbon in soils and forests, and adapting to those impacts that cannot be avoided. Adapting to the impacts of climate change includes ensuring local resilience against natural disasters through science-based planning and protecting public health, especially in the most impacted and vulnerable communities in collaboration with those communities. Action to address climate change must be consistent with scientific understanding, in particular the findings of the most recent 2018 report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Paris 2015 Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5oC. *
***PRINCIPLE TWO*** Support investment in green technology and infrastructure, prioritizing the needs of disadvantaged and underserved communities, both urban and rural. The transformation of our economy must be both equitable and just. As the transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy occurs, we must address any disruption to workers and communities currently dependent on fossil fuel industries and provide economic security for workers and communities who may be harmed by changes to the economy, including loss of current industries, divestment and exclusion of unsustainable practices. *
***PRINCIPLE THREE*** Create quality jobs and promote equitable economic growth and opportunity. We define quality jobs as those which provide: (1) family-supporting wages and benefits; (2) employees the opportunity to form a union and engage in collective bargaining without retaliation, intimidation, harassment or fear of reprisal; and (3) training and advancement opportunities. Equitable economic growth, at a minimum, should provide: (1) business opportunities for entities that have been traditionally excluded, including small businesses and women-owned, minority-owned, disabled- and veteran-owned, and employee-owned businesses; and (2) opportunities for traditionally underserved communities and people, including African Americans, indigenous peoples, Latinx people, people of color, low-wage, short-term, and chronically underemployed workers, women, veterans, returning citizens, laborers, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQIA. *
***PRINCIPLE FOUR*** Spur the transition to a modern, resilient, and efficient grid that provides 100% clean, renewable electricity by or before 2040 and accommodates distributed energy resources to increase reliability and resiliency. This transition should reduce long-term energy costs. Low- and moderate income households must be protected from any adverse effects of rate increases or rate structure changes by ensuring that their household bills are affordable. Underserved communities should have equitable access to affordable energy efficiency and renewable energy. Energy sources built, generated, and used locally should be prioritized wherever feasible. *
***PRINCIPLE FIVE*** Create an accessible, affordable and connected transportation system in Maryland, including bike lanes, walkways, and public transit that is emissions-free, accessible and affordable to all groups of people regardless of age, ability, income, race, or ethnicity. *
***PRINCIPLE SIX*** Retire polluting facilities and infrastructure and prevent construction of new polluting facilities and infrastructure; give priority in these activities to reducing pollution in communities that currently bear disproportionate burdens of polluting energy use, production, transportation, and infrastructure. *
***PRINCIPLE SEVEN*** Draw down excess greenhouse gases from the atmosphere by regenerating agricultural soils, restoring and improving natural forests and protecting and enhancing vital wetlands. Ecologically sensitive and sustainable sequestration, in combination with elimination of greenhouse gas emissions, including methane leaks, can make Maryland’s economy carbon negative by 2050 and help fulfill the obligation for wealthy countries to keep global temperature rise to below 1.5 o C, as required by the 2018 IPCC report. *
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