UMD College Park Gets $2M to Develop Decarbonization Technology

The Department of Energy recently announced $24 million in investment in Solar-Thermal and Industrial Decarbonization Technologies.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a new roadmap and awarded $24 million to ten research teams that will advance next-generation concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) technologies, which utilize the sun to generate heat for electricity production and industrial processing. Five of these ten projects will focus on advancing industrial uses for this technology, specifically in the cement,…

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EPA Awards Maryland $144M for Water Infrastructure

Maryland to receive $144 million from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for water infrastructure.  Maryland is set to receive roughly $144 million from the EPA to help Maryland redevelop many segments of the state's aging water infrastructure. The first $76 million will be open to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) almost immediately, and the remaining $68 million will open up sometime in FY 2023. According to the Baltimore Banner, the first $76 million…

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Feds Approve $63M to Expand EV Charging in Maryland

Last week the US Department of Transportation approved Maryland's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan, unlocking $63 million in funding.  Late last week, officials from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) approved 34 state plans to expand the nation's network of electric vehicle (EVs) charging stations. The move will see Maryland receive $63 million through FY2026, with $9 million set to be released in FY 2022. The development of a national network of EV charging stations…

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Feds Launch First State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

The $1 billion in funding will be available over four years to help state and local governments become more resilient to cyber threats. Last week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity grant program specifically for state, local, and territorial (SLT) governments across the country. This State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program provides $1 billion in funding to SLT partners over four years, with $185 million available for FY22, to support SLT…

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$1B in Federal Cybersecurity Grants Soon Available for Counties and Schools

The federal government will issue State and Local Cybersecurity Grants totaling $1 billion over four years for states to distribute to local governments and school systems. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin issuing the first-ever cybersecurity grant program designed for state, local and territorial governments and will distribute $1 billion directly to states over the next four years. The cybersecurity grant funding is available through the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program and was established…

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California to Phase Out Electric Vehicles – What Really Changes?

Late last month, California officials announced that no new gas could be sold in the state by 2035. The real impacts of the new policy are limited.  California has been in the headlines for the past month after a late August announcement banning the sale of all internal combustion engine cars by 2035. Policy wonks and pundits reacted in a mix of reviews, some saying this is a necessary step to fight climate change while…

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How the Pandemic Shaped Paid Leave Laws Around the Country

Paid sick leave has been at the forefront of Maryland policy debates for over a decade, with the state passing a paid leave mandate during the 2022 legislative session. While some states already had such policies in place, others were inspired to provide such leave during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we look at how paid leave has been incorporated around the country. The Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline initiative recently reported on how the COVID-19 pandemic inspired more states…

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Marylanders Aid Mississippi in Safe Drinking Water Effort

Due to recent historic rainfall, Jackson, Mississippi requested aid in order to provide residents with safe drinking water, and Marylanders stepped up to help. Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works sent a water plant operator, electrician, mechanical supervisor, and instrumentation technician to help establish a consistent supply of safe drinking water for Jackson residents. Additionally, WSSC Water, which serves Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, sent water professionals as well. Maryland's mutual aid response is…

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Baltimore City Invests in Digital Services and Data-Driven Agency Performance

Baltimore City announced the use of ARPA funds to help drive new investments Digital Services and Data-Driven Agency Performance.  Yesterday Mayor Brandon Scott announced $3.2 million of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocated from the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs (MORP) towards modernizing City government and improving City service performance and equity. Two new programs in the Mayor’s Office – Baltimore Digital and the City Performance Team – will bring innovative approaches and best…

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Local Leadership Workgroup Chair/Vice Chair Nominations due by Sept. 23rd

Now until September 23rd, the Local Leadership Workgroup (LLWG) is seeking applications for a Chair and Vice Chair.  Last week, LLWG  launched their search for a new Chair/Vice Chair for the workgroup. LLGW anticipates that this volunteer position requires no more than 4 hours of work per month and that it is a two-year commitment with 2023 as Vice Chair and 2024 as Chair. Nominations (including self-nominations) should be sent to Laura Cattell Noll (lnoll@allianceforthebay.org)…

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