For decades, millions of Maryland residents, particularly those residing in and around Baltimore, have lived with poor air quality, leading to countless missed days of work and school, high rates of childhood asthma and emergency room visits, as well as premature death. Baltimore’s air pollution levels have consistently violated federal air quality standards under the Clean Air Act. Though the state is moving toward attainment, it will need to continue to demonstrate compliance with the federal standard. Reducing building equipment pollution is one way to ensure Maryland maintains safe ozone levels.
The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is one of only 33 organizations to be awarded funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Education Grants Program. GHHI’s $100,000 grant will support efforts to educate Marylanders about climate change, actions that can be taken to reduce a household’s greenhouse gas emissions, and resources to assist with climate action. The GHHI project funded by this grant will focus on grassroots, cross-sector advocacy to advance healthy, climate change-resilient housing in the state.
Maryland’s Climate Pathway Report: Response and Recommendations BALTIMORE, MD (July 5, 2023) — Maryland Climate Partners, a coalition of more than one hundred environmental, faith, consumer advocacy, and social justice … Continued
The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) today announced the appointment of Etsemaye P. Agonafer, MD, MPH, MS to the organization’s Board of Directors. Dr. Agonafer will help support the … Continued
This Leadership Retreat is designed to bring together and support frontline organizations from across the United States to design, advocate for, fund, and implement grassroots decarbonization strategies to improve indoor … Continued
This paper provides 14 recommendations to maximize the effectiveness of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in catalyzing full building decarbonization, augmenting housing and health benefits from building decarbonization efforts, and promoting equity in the nation’s efforts to mitigate climate change.
Maryland state leaders should prioritize low-income households as they pull together $2 billion in state and federal funding to leave no household behind as Maryland goes electric BALTIMORE, MD— The … Continued
Recent unique and unparalleled streams of federal funding, including the Inflation Reduction Act, offer an opportunity for Maryland to kickstart an innovative program to upgrade, repair, and electrify Maryland’s low-income homes simultaneously. This funding, combined with other federal and state sources, presents $2 billion in funding opportunities for whole-home repairs in Maryland. Utilizing these funds to upgrade low-income homes
is just one important step to invest in environmental and social justice (ESJ) communities that have been
historically underserved and overburdened.
“The congressional funding represents a tangible and transformative commitment to GHHI’s national model for holistic, healthy, and climate-friendly housing, addressing the root causes of health and racial disparities arising from housing-related asthma, lead poisoning, injury, and energy inefficiency for low-income Baltimore residents,” said Ruth Ann Norton, GHHI President and CEO.