About Us

The Climate Justice Wing (CJW) of the Maryland Legislative Coalition is a collaborative community of over 30 grassroots and professional organizations and individuals primarily focused on state legislative advocacy, while also tracking and supporting policy implementation, to address climate change in a just and equitable way for all Marylanders. We inform, educate, and engage grassroots groups and legislators by serving as a source of expertise and advocating for critical climate justice policy. We work in partnership with other groups and coalitions and seek to support and lift-up the issues, needs, and goals of frontline communities and communities of color.

Our goals include:

  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve the state’s climate targets;
  • reducing our dependence on and use of fossil fuels (decarbonization);
  • increasing energy efficiency and electrification of buildings;
  • promoting transportation for the future (e.g., increased public transit, vehicle electrification, and bikeable/walkable communities);
  • drawing down carbon (including enhancing natural systems to cool the planet);
  • adapting to current and future climate change impacts; and
  • improving resiliency to those impacts, particularly for disproportionately affected communities.


Since 2021, we have focused annually on two priority bills and have helped achieve several legislative wins, (i.e., 2021 Transit Safety and Investment Act, 2022 Climate Solutions Now Act, 2023 Community Solar Pilot Program). We submit testimony, write op-eds, and advocate in support of our priority and other climate justice and environmental bills.

In the future, we will continue to focus on climate justice, while expanding connections with issues of;

  • energy justice;
  • affordable, healthy housing;
  • waste reduction;
  • regenerative agriculture and food resilience;
  • forest preservation, restoration, and urban trees; and
  • a just transition to clean energy jobs.

Our Member Organizations!

Takoma Park Mobilization Environment Committee Coalition for Smarter Growth
Maryland Poor People’s Campaign MCPS Clean Energy Campaign
350 MoCo Do The Most Good Montgomery County
Chesapeake Climate Action Network Potomac Conservancy
Indivisible Howard County Casa De Maryland
The Climate XChange Food & Water Action
WISE Nuclear Information & Resource Service
Clean Water Action Clean Air Prince Georges
Maryland Sierra Club J’Aire’s Workgroup
Frack Free Frostburg Laurel Resist
CHEER Greenbelt Climate Action Network
The Climate Mobilization Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Glen Echo Heights Mobilization Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
Howard County Sierra Club Environmental Justice Ministry
Montgomery Countryside Alliance Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland
Audubon Naturalist Society The Nature Conservancy
Concerned Citizens Against Industrial CAFOs HoCo Climate Action
Wicomico NAACP Farmworkers Support Committee
Assateague Coastal Trust Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights
Chesapeake Climate Action Network MoCo DCC
Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility National Parks Conservancy-Mid-Atlantic
Chispa MD Columbia Association Climate Change & Sustainability Advisory Committee
Climate Law & Policy Project Labor for Sustainability