Monday, February 26, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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Adele H. Stamp Student Union 
3972 Campus Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

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Mike Hunninghake 
Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland 
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Sustainable Maryland Leadership Training
Accessing Funding for Climate and Energy-related Projects

Join Sustainable Maryland staff and energy finance experts on Monday, February 26 from 9:00am - 4:00pm for a hybrid (in person and Zoom) leadership training on Accessing Funding for Climate and Energy-related Projects.

NOTE: In-person registration has closed; virtual/Zoom registration remains open until February 22.

Overview:  Learn about the Climate Solutions Now Act (CSNA); existing and upcoming funding opportunities related to building electrification, electric vehicle transition, and adopting renewable energy; and best practices for securing funding.

NOTE: This is a hybrid event: registrants may attend in-person at Adele H Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland in College Park, or attend virtually via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants.


8:30 am: Breakfast (provided onsite)

Morning Sessions

9:00 am: Welcome and Session Overview

9:15 am: The Climate Solutions Now Act 
  • Presentation and Q&A | Learn more about Maryland’s CSNA and how it is expected to impact local governments. | Speakers: 
    • Director Paul Pinsky, Maryland Energy Administration 
    • Mark Stewart, Maryland Department of Environment
10:00am: Engaging Residents and Identifying Community Projects
  • Panel Presentations and Discussion | Learn how to build partnerships, work with residents to receive and integrate community feedback, and identify a suite of climate and energy projects. | Speakers: 
    • Larry Davis, Green Mechanics
    • Masic Jordan, Bowie State University
10:50 am: Break

11:00 am: Energy and Climate-related Projects
  • Community Spotlights | Explore lessons learned from communities that have completed climate and energy-related projects.
    • Nina Forsythe, Commissioner, City of Frostburg
    • Elissa Reineck, Office of Community Sustainability, Howard County
11:45 am: Lunch (provided onsite)

Afternoon Sessions

12:30 pm: Climate Funding and Technical Assistance Roundtables
  • Flash Presentations and Roundtables | Learn about funding and technical assistance programs available to Maryland’s local governments. Each agency and organization will provide a flash presentation followed by the opportunity for attendees to speak one-on-one with program leads. | Speakers:
    • Maryland Clean Energy Center
    • Maryland Department of Environment
    • Maryland Energy Administration
    • Maryland Department of Transportation
    • Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
2:30 pm: Break

2:40 pm: Building a Strong Proposal
  • Panel Presentation and Workshop | Enhance capacity to access funding through grant writing, budgeting, and other essential strategies. Panel presenters will share best practices then attendees will participate in a mini-grant writing workshop to put the new found lessons to the test.
3:45 pm: Wrap Up

4:00 pm: Adjourn



Many thanks to Sustainable Maryland's funders and sponsors: