Reaching the State's Carbon Mitigation Goal
Planting in underserved urban communities will be a key focus. The state is also working to optimize plantings to realize multiple co-benefits including enhanced pollinator and wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, improved air and water quality, and reduced urban heat island effects. This work is in addition to the state's ambitious climate mitigation goals in the 2030 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan (GGRA). This lays out a pathway for achieving a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. These planting efforts also build on Maryland state government's leadership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the U.S. Climate Alliance, as well as ongoing restoration work through the Chesapeake Bay Program.