April 2024 Edition

Antoine M. Thompson

CEO/Executive Director


A Message from the

Executive Director

I would like to thank everyone that attended the GWRCCC Kick Off and Reception in Baltimore. We are excited about the opportunity to expand education and outreach efforts in the City of Baltimore. On behalf of the GWRCCC Board of Directors and Staff, our prayers are with families of the victims that died during the collapse of the Key Bridge.

Earth Day 2024 is upon us. Every individual and organization can do their part to improve our

environment. At GWRCCC, we believe in collaborative change. We understand that when we work with members and stakeholders with a shared vision, pooled resources, and good old fashioned hard work, anything is impossible. Whether it is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, deploying new and existing clean energy and transportation infrastructure and vehicles or promoting energy and environmental justice and equity, GWRCCC is committed to being a regional and national leader in this important time in our country.

This Earth Day, April 22nd, take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and make a tax-deductible donation at www.gwrccc.org/donations. If you have any questions, need help, or have a suggestion, please feel free to contact the GWRCCC Office at 202-671-1580.


Antoine M Thompson

Antoine M. Thompson

CEO & Executive Director


GWRCCC in the Community

Baltimore Opening Reception

GWRCCC has expanded to Baltimore! Thank you to Serena McIlwain, Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, Mark Conway City, of Baltimore 4th District City Council Member and representatives from Senator Chris Van Hollen’s office for welcoming us to the city. Thank you to our sponsor, Eaton for supporting this event.

Blink Charging Opens New Maryland Headquarters in Prince George's County

Bowie State University Climate Career Fair

Listen to the Newest Episode of

Green Leaders: On the Move with Marjorie Harris,

Assistant Director of External Affairs for the

Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP)

Click on the flyer to listen

GWRCCC Fleet Coaching

GWRCCC is offering 30 minutes of coaching for a limited number of fleets each month. Do you need to train your workforce on emission reducing practices or transitioning to a clean energy fleet? We can help you!

For more information, contact the GWRCCC office at (202) 671-1580.

EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards Webinar

April 10

1 PM

Last week, the U.S. EPA finalized its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles – Phase 3. Under this program, new greenhouse gas standards will phase in over model years 2027 through 2032. These standards, which are technology-neutral and performance-based, will significantly reduce climate and air pollution.

On April 10th, Alejandra Nunez, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mobile Sources, EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation will participate in a fleet-focused webinar to speak about this program and answer questions about the program from fleet leaders. Environmental Defense Fund and the North America Council on Freight Efficiency are hosting this webinar.


Monthly Clean Energy & Transportation Industry Meeting

April 11

10 -11 AM


Clean Green Happy Hour

April 23

5 - 7 PM

Meet Up PG

4400 forbes Blvd

Lanham, MD


Marlboro Pike Clean-Up

April 20

9 AM

Mt Calvary Church Parking Lot

6800 Marlboro Pike

Forestville, MD 20747

Earth Day Panel

April 22

10 -11 AM


Accelerating Access to EV Charging & Biodiesel at Local Fueling Stations

April 23

2 - 3:30


GWRCCC EV Initiatives Webinar

April 25

11. AM - 12 PM


AEE National Capital Chapter Electric Vehicle Show & Luncheon Panel Discussion

May 17

10 AM - 1 PM

Oh George Tables and Tap House

10659C Braddock Road

Fairfax, VA 22032

Register Here


May 20-23

Las Vegas Convention Center

Las Vegas, NV

Get your tickets to the ACTExpo using our code, 24GWRCC75

Thinking About Installing Workplace Charging?

Sign the EMPOWER Pledge and Receive $250!

By signing the EMPOWER Program pledge, your business or organization pledges to try to provide resources and guidance to ensure EV charging is accessible to all communities in the DC, Maryland, Virginia region. Join us in promoting sustainability for employees in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region.

We don’t need project specifics, just a commitment; by signing, you will try to install at least one EV charging station in the future. Once you sign the pledge, we will give you $250 and access to resources to help you through the workplace charging installation process.

Contact Durrell Jones at DurrellJones@gwrccc.org, Darryl Barnes at DarrylBarnes@gwrccc.org or call the office at (202) 671-1580 with questions.

Sign the Pledge

Prize to Recycle Critical Materials from Electronic Scrap:

Electronic scrap, or e-scrap, represents the fastest growing waste stream globally. However, this waste stream is full of critical materials that can be recycled to make clean energy technologies. That’s why EERE’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office just launched the Electronics Scrap Recycling Advancement Prize (E-SCRAP), which will award up to $4 million to competitors to substantially increase the production and use of critical materials recovered from e-scrap. Don’t forget to apply by Sept. 4!

$44 Million to Advance a Reliable, Clean Electric Grid:

DOE is working diligently to support a clean, reliable electricity grid run on renewable energy sources like wind and solar energy. DOE selected 11 projects to receive $34 million for new tools that help grid planners and operators integrate wind and solar energy technologies into the grid, but the opportunities don’t stop there. We integrate new clean energy generation and storage resources into the grid through a process known as interconnection. EERE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office and Wind Energy Technologies Office announced the Solar and Wind Interconnection for Future Transmission (SWIFTR) funding opportunity, which will provide up to $10 million to develop new analytical tools and approaches for the reliable interconnection of renewable energy into the electrical grid. Submit your concept paper for SWIFTR by April 17.

Prince George's County Green Energy Loan Program:

The Program was created to advance public and private investment in clean energy and other innovative green technologies in Prince George’s County. This fund is a Pepco/Exelon sponsored program that supports an emerging industry in the County with loans up to $250,000 for commercial building energy efficiency improvements, energy conservation & renewable energy measures.

$57 Million Available for Innovative Finance and Asset Concession Grants:

Earlier this month, DOT’s Build America Bureau released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new program authorized by the BIL. The Innovative Finance and Asset Concession Grant Program makes $100 million available over five years to assist public entities in facilitating and evaluating public-private partnerships and exploring innovative financing and delivery opportunities for Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA)-eligible projects. The NOFO allocates funds for fiscal years 2022, 2023, and 2024, totaling $57.72 million. Grants up to $2 million are available, with the first million requiring no local match. Eligible applicants include states, tribal governments, local governments, special purpose public authorities, or agencies chartered by a state, tribal, or local government. Applications are due May 9. 

Industrial Assessment Center (IACs):

DOE’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) announced it is making up to $16 million in funding available for hiring technical assistance field managers across the Industrial Assessment Center (IACs) network and for building a clearinghouse to support IACs and assist small- and medium-manufacturers.

Climate Catalytic Capital (C3) Fund:

The Climate Catalytic Capital (C3) Fund, created with passage of the Climate Solutions Now Act (CSNA) of 2022, exists to increase implementation of clean energy measures and technologies intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impact of climate change. An allocation of $15M over three fiscal years is committed to the C3 Fund beginning in FY24.

Project Restore - DHCD:

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) activates vacant buildings, supports small businesses, creates jobs, improves commercial corridors, and increases local economic activity by providing financial support to place-based economic development organizations working to improve the vitality of Maryland’s commercial corridors.

Prince George's County Community Gardens Mini-Grants:

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is proud to partner with Prince George’s County on the Prince George’s Community Gardens Mini Grant Program. This mini grant supports the creation and need for community gardens that provide resources to the Prince George’s County community while supporting the Prince George’s County Climate Action Plan. This funding opportunity is for up to $9,500.

Montgomery County Green Bank Technical Assistance Program Application Form:

In response to the market need, the Green Bank launched a Technical Assistance (TA) program that supports studies for commercial sector owners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generates jobs for contractors, and encourages compliance with County requirements. The studies inform and accelerate investment decisions in energy efficiency and renewable energy (e.g., solar PV) projects that improve building energy performance. In addition, our prequalified service providers help property owners benchmark their buildings, integrate the County’s evolving Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) requirements into multi-year building improvement plans, and understand the potential for electrification.

Montgomery County Energy Efficiency Program:

The Montgomery County Homeowner Energy Efficiency Program (MCEEP) is a FREE program through the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs, administered by Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland aimed at reducing home energy usage for qualified Washington Gas customers.

Prince George's County Sustainable Energy Grants:

Check out the Energy Efficiency (Natural Gas Incentives Now Available), Solar PV, & Solar Water Heater Grants, Sustainable Energy - Energy Star Certification & Green Leasing Grant, Sustainable Energy Workforce Development Program (SEWDP), Energizing Student Potential (Energy Literacy) and the Green Energy Loan Fund from Prince George’s County.

Prince George's County Green Energy Loan Program:

The Program was created to advance public and private investment in clean energy and other innovative green technologies in Prince George’s County. This fund is a Pepco/Exelon sponsored program that supports an emerging industry in the County with loans up to $250,000 for commercial building energy efficiency improvements, energy conservation & renewable energy measures.

Maryland Urban & Community Forestry Grants:

The Maryland Urban and Community Forestry Committee (MUCFC) Grants program helps community groups fund tree planting and education projects statewide to enhance Maryland’s urban forest*. Community tree projects may be organized via schools, service organizations, homeowner organizations or other volunteer-based groups. The tree planting/educational projects must be located on public lands in parks, metropolitan areas, cities or towns. The maximum grant awarded per project is $1,000. Grant proposals are due to Grants Chair, with forestry board member original signature, by 4:30 p.m. on February and July 15. and reviewed shortly thereafter.

Urban Trees Mini-Grant -Chesapeake Bay Trust Deadline:

$5,000 to fund communities that would like to implement small tree planting projects. Tree planting proposed must occur in urban areas with low median household income levels, high unemployment, and neighborhoods with housing projects or that were historically red-lined at any time. Non-profit organizations, community and homeowner associations, faith-based organizations, and more can apply. 

Charles County Forestry Grant Program - Chesapeake Bay Trust:

The goal of this program is to implement cost-effective reforestation and afforestation projects in the County that will increase tree canopy, create forest habitat, improve water quality, provide ecosystem services, such as potable water and air quality, and provide a natural cooling system to urban heat. This will ultimately enhance the health and wellbeing of human and natural communities in the County’s local watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay. equests for funding from this program will generally be less than $20,000 and should be generally less than $4,500 per acre.

Blink Charging Company Opens Maryland HQ, Plans New Production Facility: Blink Charging Company, a manufacturer and provider of electric vehicle charging equipment and services, has established its global corporate headquarters in a 15,000-square-foot facility in Bowie, Maryland.

Complementing this move, Blink has announced plans to increase its manufacturing capacity by constructing a new LEED Gold-certified 30,000-sq-ft production facility. The new facility will include an extra production line to streamline operations for expedited and increased production of EV charging units. (NGT News)

Level 1 and Level 2 EV Charging is Expected to Account for 80% of all EV Charging in 2030 The National Renewable Energy Laboratory expects Level 1 and Level 2 charging to handle 80% of all EV charging duties by 2030. Sufficient energy from the electric grid may be needed to support 33 million EVs on the road by 2030. The majority (64%) of EV charging is estimated to take place at single family homes using L1 and L2 charging, which is typically the most cost-effective and convenient type of charging. DC fast charging infrastructure is expected to support 20% of EV charging needs. (Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy)

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