Baltimore would be ‘clean energy capital’ under Baker’s new green industry plan

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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, the leading contender for the Democratic nomination to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan, according to polls, would make Baltimore “the nation’s clean energy capital” under a new green jobs plan announced today.

The plan, dubbed a “greenprint,” calls for offering incentives to clean energy companies to locate to the city.

“Through dedicated leadership, we made Prince George’s County the leader in recycling, composting, storm management and solar energy,” Baker said in a statement. “With that same commitment, we can turn Baltimore into the nation’s capital in clean energy, save money and create jobs across the city.”

Most of the proposals would have effects across Maryland, such as a statewide ban on plastic bags and styrofoam (Mayor Catherine Pugh signed a citywide styrofoam ban earlier today), requiring all construction to be LEED certified by 2030 (and all construction of state projects to meet that certification immediately), developing a composting and recycling program and phasing out coal and fossil fuels.

Incentives would also be offered to green energy companies that locate elsewhere in the state.

To help restore the Chesapeake Bay, Baker would create a statewide public-private partnership to take on stormwater restoration projects, restore oyster sanctuaries and require that businesses meet environmental regulations in order to receive state business.

One of the biggest names to endorse Baker, Attorney General Brian Frosh, is a member of the candidate’s environmental advisory committee, as is another Democrat who endorsed Baker earlier today: former Gov. Parris Glendening.

In a statement, Frosh lauded Baker’s environmental efforts in Prince George’s County.

“Rushern Baker’s environmental stewardship of Prince George’s County, the second-largest county in the entire state, is exemplary and has been recognized by the Obama White House for its innovation and success,” he said. “Given the Trump Administration’s continued assaults on our environment, Maryland needs a leader who is committed to driving the nation towards progress and protecting Maryland’s natural resources for generations to come.”

Brandon Weigel

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