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Take Action in the 2019 Legislative Session

PASSED! SB 314 The Maryland Sustainable Buildings Act of 2019 (Energy-Conserving and Bird-Safe Building Standards) is sponsored by Senator Guy Guzzone and Senator Clarence Lam. Please thank your Senators for their vision for a sustainable Maryland!

PASSED! HB 136 The Maryland Sustainable Buildings Act of 2019 (Energy-Conserving and Bird-Safe Building Standards) is sponsored by Delegate Terri Hill and cosponsored by Delegate Sandy Bartlett, Delegate Eric Ebersole, Delegate Shelly Hettleman, Delegate Stephen Lafferty, Delegate Robbyn Lewis, and Delegate David Moon, and Delegate Jen Terrasa. Please thank your Delegates for their vision for a sustainable Maryland!

  • Require GSA state funded projects to include wherever practicable energy-conserving features, that by design are also bird-safe features, to reduce solar heat gain, lower the cost of heating and cooling, and protect resident and migratory birds from collisions at the same time.
  • To require motion-sensor and/or down-shielded lights and limit unnecessary architectural and/or up lighting to reduce excess nighttime light pollution, increase safety, and reduce energy consumption.
  • click here to see more on Maryland House Bill 136
  • click here to see more on Maryland Senate Bill 314

Action Alert:
SB 314 Passed in time for crossover to the House, Both HB 136 and SB 314 Passed in the House with Ammendments. We are so pleased to report even though the clock ran out to reconcile these bills, both Chambers PASSED the Maryland Sustainable Buildings Act! We thank the many honorable, dedicated, and hard working legislators who worked diligently, voted, and will continue to work toward sustainable growth for an equitable future for all Marylanders. Please join us in thanking our legislators! We also thank the great many environmental partners who lent their collective voice to this and many other worthy advancements. Additionally, we are sad to learn of the passing of Speaker Busch, grateful for his dedication to our great state, and send our deepest sympathies to family, friends, and colleagues during this time. Thank you Maryland and keep up the great work! – The Safe Skies Maryland Legislative Team

I. Complete House Body: Maryland Delegates by District

II. Complete Senate Body: Maryland Senators by District

III. House: Health and Government Operations Committee
Printable List of Delegates on Health and Government Operations Committee: Contact List and Photos

IV. House: Appropriations Committee
Printable List of Delegates on Appropriations Committee: Contact List and Photos

V. Senate: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Printable List of Senators on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee

Find your Delegates and Senators on the three committees hearing testimony by county here:

Allegany County
House Appropriations Committee
Anne Arundel County
Health and Government Operations Committee
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Baltimore County
Health and Government Operations Committee
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Baltimore City
Health and Government Operations Committee
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Calvert County
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Caroline County
House Appropriations Committee
Carroll County
Health and Government Operations Committee
House Appropriations Committee
Cecil County
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Charles County
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Dorchester County
Health and Government Operations Committee
Frederick County
Health and Government Operations Committee
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Garrett County
House Appropriations Committee
Harford County
Health and Government Operations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Howard County
Health and Government Operations Committee Members
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Kent County
House Appropriations Committee
Montgomery County
Health and Government Operations Committee
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Prince George’s County
Health and Government Operations Committee
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Queen Anne’s County
House Appropriations Committee
St. Mary’s County
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Washington County
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Wicomico County
Health and Government Operations Committee
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
Worcester County
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee

Please join us to speak on behalf of birds and people:

Support The Maryland Sustainable Buildings Act of 2019

This effort will set a standard along the Atlantic Flyway of which Maryland is both a critical breeding and stopover habitat for many Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

This effort will help to reduce the more than 1 Billion healthy birds being lost to unnecessary window collisions each year in North America.

This effort will update the impressive standard that Maryland has already set in being a leader in sustainable design.

Please join Safe Skies Maryland, Smart Growth Maryland, Audubon MD-DC, and League of Conservation Voters to advocate for support for this in YOUR COUNTY

  • Join us for Lobby Day Training
  • Join us in Annapolis for Lobby Days
  • Meet with Legislators and/or Legislative Aids to deliver fact sheets and express support as a constituent of your county
  • Join in letter writing efforts sending a personalized, positive message of support to your Representative.
  • Help to share this ongoing effort at your club, in your circles of influence, and with others in your community.

Losing a Billion Birds a Year to collisions with glass is unsustainable, takes out the most healthy, often neotropical, migrating bird and impacts every species of bird.  The only way to prevent extinction is to make the use of glass sustainable both for energy efficiency as well as to prevent window collisions.

Maryland’s economy is largely impacted by economic opportunities directly linked to healthy, sustainable environments in which many species of birds are healthy and whose populations will remain stable over time.

Contact Carolyn Parsa at carolyn@safeskiesmaryland.org for more information

Archived from the 2018 Legislative Session

House Bill 0986

The Maryland Bird Safe Buildings Act of 2018

Senate Bill 1009

The Maryland Bird Safe Buildings Act of 2018