Climate Change

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Gordon Feinblatt’s Climate Change Team is the go-to resource for the most up to date guidance on climate change laws in Maryland.

Our lawyers have been involved in drafting legislation and lobbying nearly all changes to Maryland’s energy and now climate laws since 1983. Because we are a Maryland-based firm, we are well-suited to understand the unique ecosystem and environment that the Chesapeake Bay provides. We are on the forefront of understanding several Maryland based climate change program areas including renewable energy siting and permitting, GHG emissions analysis, environmental issues and litigation on these topics.

Our team comprises lobbyists and lawyers who understand and can anticipate the implications of Maryland’s Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022. This Act is arguably the most ambitious climate change law adopted by any state in the country and calls for significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions which by 2045 would have Maryland reach a net-zero emission.

  • This legislation will impact nearly every aspect of life in Maryland for decades. At the forefront initially, the Building Energy Performance Standards have far reaching implications for developers of real estate, those with existing commercial property, residential development – existing and new construction, industrial sites and facilities with robust power needs. It will make Maryland one of the first carbon-neutral states in the nation.

Our lawyers are experienced, knowledgeable and trained in environmental, energy, government advocacy, litigation, land use, and water rate setting. We regularly speak on these issues. Below are just a few of the many speaking engagements our team has presented on:

  • The impact of Current and Proposed Building Energy Performing Standards (BEPS) - What Facility Managers Need to Know at the NFMT (National Facilities Management Association) 2024 Convention with Michael Powell and Richard Anderson on March 13, 2024. 
  • Max Cooke and Michael Powell's session at IFMA (International Facility Management Association's) Chesapeake Chapter on September 21, 2023
  • Michael Powell's session at the Land Expo on June 10, 2022
  • Michael Powell's session at the Maryland Commission on Climate Change commission talk on June 23, 2022