State Of The Air: Maryland

Elizabeth BrandtContact Elizabeth Brandt at to learn more or volunteer.

Formerly a Moms Clean Air Force D.C. “Super Mom”, Elizabeth’s love for the environment was inspired by the natural surroundings of Washington State during her childhood. Elizabeth worked for many years as a child welfare social worker in Washington State before becoming a stay at home mom. A mother of two daughters, Elizabeth’s concern about the impact of climate change was heightened after the birth of her first child. 

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Here’s what we’re working on in Maryland:

Moms Clean Air Force Maryland brings attention to issues and policies that impact clean air, climate change and children’s health.  We fight for a world free of harmful chemicals in our air, water and food, so children can grow up healthy with every opportunity to thrive.  We educate and activate moms and their families to work with local, state and federal leaders to advance clean air policies and climate solutions.  We are building a community of moms who care by meeting with elected officials, organizing and attending local events, speaking at community meetings and press conferences, and serving as a media resource on behalf of our children’s and community’s health.  By collectively speaking out against air pollution and climate change, we are creating a powerful force in Maryland that is rooted in the love we have for our children.

In a December 2014 press conference, Moms Clean Air Force Maryland joined Environment Maryland and Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light to release a study that showed Maryland’s potential of offshore wind energy. The report asks that state and federal agencies expedite the development of offshore wind farms, including projects in nearly 80,000 acres of the Atlantic Ocean off the Maryland coast.

In 2014, Moms Clean Air Force Maryland joined a coalition to ask Governor Hogan to pass strong legislation that will place a long-term moratorium on drilling and fracking throughout the state. In March 2017, Governor Hogan called for a ban on fracking in Maryland.

Please join us in this fight for cleaner air and climate solutions in Maryland.

Moms Clean Air Force Programs in Maryland

Our Moms & Mayors program connects moms with their mayors and local leaders to improve children’s health and build resilient communities.  We educate, empower and mobilize Moms in their hometowns to work with their local elected leaders to implement clean air strategies, reduce toxins in the community and take action on climate change.   We also train Moms to join boards and commissions and urge them to run for office.

Our Baby Power program educates and engages expectant and new moms on our issues with the message:  every baby has the power to make you want to change the world.

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force Maryland is supporting national campaigns:

Stopping the Rollbacks of Environmental Protections:  We are working hard to oppose the assaults on our bedrock environmental laws by the Trump Administration and the EPA Administrator, including:

  • Climate Change: We are fighting the Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal America’s Clean Power Plan that sought to reduce carbon emissions, decrease dangerous co-pollutants, and achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
  • Smog: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s EPA proposal to weaken national smog standards.
  • Clean Cars: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back sensible fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. The current clean car standards would prevent 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution by 2025 and save American families $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.
  • Mercury: We are opposing the attempt by the Trump Administration to loosen regulations that reduce the harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  • Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to implement the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016) that keeps toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day.
  • Natural Gas Pollution: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back Federal methane rules for new sources, weakening the limits on the amount of methane pollution that the oil and gas industry is allowed to vent, leak and burn. We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.
  • EPA Budget: We are fighting to ensure the EPA budget is fully funded, opposing the Trump Administration’s proposal to gut its budget by more than 25%.

Fighting to Make Climate Progress:

  • Clean Energy: We are working to build support at the local, state and federal level to ensure that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.
  • Tell Your Governor: Take the Lead on Climate Action:  With America’s departure from the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the responsibility for climate action now falls on others: States, municipalities, businesses, universities and communities. With the federal government surrendering its chance to lead on climate action, our states must be as aggressive as possible in the effort to thwart global warming and protect the health of our children. Let your governor know that you demand climate action and you need them to take the lead.

Maryland’s electricity generation by source, 2017:

  • Nuclear (48%)

  • Natural Gas (19%)

  • Coal (18%)

  • Hydro (10%)

  • Other (5%)

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, 9.7 percent of children in Maryland have asthma

Emissions from cars, trucks, industrial smokestacks, trains, boats, and commercial heating systems contribute to the death of 113 people per 100,000 population per year in Maryland -- more than any other state

Prince George’s County in Maryland experienced 19 code orange high ozone days in 2017 according to the ALA.

In 2010, reports showed that Marylanders were still exposed to nearly 5.6 million pounds of toxic air pollutants, with more than half coming from power plants, even after the Healthy Air Act was enacted

Roughly half the electricity generated in Maryland comes from coal

Up to 70% of Maryland’s ozone pollution comes from neighboring states

Good News! Newly-Elected Attorneys General Are Committed to Children’s Health

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON January 25, 2019
This post was written by Ben Levitan with EDF Legal Fellow Lance Bowman. It originally posted on Climate 411: Looking for some good news to start the year? Right now, there are new state Attorneys General taking office across the country who have committed to protecting public...

TOPICS: Children's Health, Colorado, Environment, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Politics, Vermont, Wisconsin

Mercury Pollution in Maryland

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON December 18, 2018
Mercury standards under attack: The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards are a lifesaving, fully implemented, effective pollution prevention program that specifically protects pregnant women and babies from harm. Since 2012, the mercury standards have helped to dramatically lower mercury emissions from coal plants. Moms want...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Act, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Environment, EPA, Maryland, Mercury Poisoning

Climate Change Increases Wildfires: Find Out How Your Region Is Affected

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON July 27, 2018
This wildfire resource is from Climate Signals: Climate change has increased the risk of wildfires through warmer temperatures and drier conditions that lengthen wildfire season, increase the chances of a fire starting, and help a burning fire spread. Warmer and drier conditions also contribute to...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Alaska, California, Children's Health, Climate Change, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Great Lakes, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Science, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Play-in for Climate Action 2018 Photos and More!

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON July 15, 2018
We were excited to host our 5th annual Play-In for Climate Action this week. Hundreds of parents and children from 30 states gathered near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC to call for meaningful action on climate change. This family-friendly protest against the air pollution that...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Air Pollution, Alaska, Asthma, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Colorado, Environment, EPA, Florida, Georgia, Great Lakes, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Latino Community, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, MCAF News, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Motherhood, Nevada, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Politics, Pollution, Social Justice, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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Past Events

March 2019:

On March 18, 2019, members of Moms Clean Air Force Maryland traveled to Washington, DC to testify in support of the lifesaving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) at EPA’s hearing on their proposal to undermine MATS.

September 2018:

Field organizer, Liz Brandt tabled and spoke at a community fair in Maryland.

July 2018:

Members of Moms Clean Air Force Maryland attended the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

January 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force members testified at a hearing focused on America’s Clean Power Plan in Annapolis.

Moms Clean Air Force members attended the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative roundtable.

November 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force  co-sponsored a town hall focused on asthma in Langley Park, MD.

July 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force Maryland members met with Senator Van Hollen’s staff and with Senator Cardin during the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action in Washington, DC.

May 2016:

Trisha Sheehan spoke at Bold Leaders in Design Summit in Columbia. The summit brought together the building industry, with a focus on clean air and safe products. Trisha spoke about the importance of using sustainable, products that use minimal toxins as well as the importance of clean indoor air.

April 2016:

Trisha Sheehan spoke at an Earth Day event in Elkridge.

February 2016:

On Thursday, February 25 Moms Clean Air Force Maryland hosted Mama Summit 2016 in Annapolis | Families gathered to stand up for clean air and children’s health.

November 2015:

Field manager, Trisha Sheehan facilitated a roundtable discussion on green cleaning in schools in Columbia, Maryland with Maryland Environmental Health Network and the EPA.

Moms Clean Air Force’s 10 year old Maryland “SuperKid” spoke to a group of over 50 at the Climate and Health Expo in Harford County Maryland. She spoke about Moms Clean Air Force’s mission and why, from a child’s perspective, it is important to get involved and take action to curb climate change now.

Moms Clean Air Force Maryland attended the Baltimore City Health and Climate Expo.

Moms Clean Air Force Maryland attended the the Harford County Maryland Expo

October 2015:

Moms Clean Air Force Maryland testified at the Maryland Department of Environment on the need for strong NOx regulations on coal fired power plants to protect the health of Maryland children from smog pollution.

Moms Clean Air Force Maryland Presented to a crowd of 50 and tabled at an event at the College of Southern Maryland.

May 2015: Mama Summit 2015 | Moms Clean Air Force Maryland members gathered in Annapolis at the state capitol to call on elected officials to take action on climate change. The Maryland Mama Summit garnered the support of over 60 members and some amazing supermoms, many with powerful stories to share about how climate change and air pollution have impacted their families. Participants visited 25 offices in the state capitol to talk about climate change, including Governor Hogan’s office. Lawmakers acknowledged the Mama Summit on the floor of the Maryland House of Representatives, applauding supermom Lisa Bardack and Interfaith Power and Light director, Joelle Novey, who was holding her adorable four-month-old baby.

January 2015: Moms Clean Air Force Maryland joined a coalition of environmental, business, faith, labor and social justice leaders for a rally in Annapolis to call for action to double the state’s use of clean electricity like solar and wind in 2015. The rally was headlined by a broad array of social justice, environmental, faith, labor and business leaders, who declared the historic clean energy bill a priority to pass in 2015 for the climate, the economy, and our health.

May 2014: Mama Summit 2014 | Moms Clean Air Force Maryland members gathered in Annapolis at the state capitol to call on elected officials to take action on climate change.


Larry Hogan

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US Senate

Ben Cardin

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  • 100 South Charles St.
    Tower 1, Suite 1710
    Baltimore, MD, 21201
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (410) 962-4436
  • Twitter: @SenatorCardin

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Chris Van Hollen

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  • B40C Dirksen Senate Office Building
  • Washington DC 20510
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (202) 224-4654
  • Twitter: @ChrisVanHollen

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US House of Representatives

Andy Harris (District 1)

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Dutch Rupersberger (District 2)

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  • The Atrium
    375 West Padonia Road, Suite 200
    Timonium , MD 21093
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (410) 628-2701
  • Twitter: @Call_Me_Dutch

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John Sarbanes (District 3)

Contact information:

  • Arundel Center Suite 349
    44 Calvert St .
    Annapolis, MD 21401
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (410) 295-1679
  • Twitter: @RepSarbanes

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Anthony Brown  (District 4)

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Steny Hoyer (District 5)

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  • U.S. District Courthouse
    6500 Cherrywood Lane, Suite 310
    Greenbelt, MD 20770
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (301) 474-0119
  • Twitter: @WhipHoyer

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David Trone (District 6)

Contact information:

  • 9801 Washingtonian Boulevard
    Suite 330
    Gaithersburg, MD 20878
  • Phone: (301) 926-0300
  • Twitter: @repdavidtrone

Elijah Cummings (District 7)

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Jamie Raskin (District 8)

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  • 431 Cannon House Office Building
  • Washington, DC 20515
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (202) 225-5341
  • Twitter: @repraskin

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