History

The Climate Communication Consortium of Maryland (CCCoM) originated with a meeting hosted in May 2012 by Town Creek Foundation on how organizations in the state could better collaborate on communicating about climate change.

Initial participating organizations included: Baltimore Commission on Sustainability, Baltimore City Department of Planning, Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Climate Central, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Environment Maryland, The Hatcher Group, The Conservation Fund, Audubon Maryland-DC, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Labor Network for Sustainability, Community Power Network, Interfaith Power & Light (MD, DC, NoVA), National Environmental Education Foundation, and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication.

Working with Town Creek Foundation and the meeting’s participants, George Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication subsequently proposed funding for a Consortium to be centered on the development of audience research and opportunities to increase inter-organizational collaboration. The primary components of the research include an annual mail survey of adult Marylanders and of teens. The grant’s first funding period was September 2012-August 2013. The Consortium is led by a Coordinating Committee and Working Groups. George Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication provides research and administrative assistance.