Working for the Environment

Protecting our natural resources, promoting clean air and clean water, and combatting climate change. These are the legacies we must leave to future generations. In Maryland, our special responsibility is to the Chesapeake Bay. Every Marylander should strive to become a steward of the Bay’s health. It is the natural treasure that connects our communities and powers our regional economy.

Sarbanes Authored

  • No Child Left Inside Act (Passed into law 2016 as part of new federal education act)

    • Promotes outdoor learning and teaches children to be environmental stewards and live healthy, balanced lives.
  • Save the Chesapeake Bay Homeowner Act (H.R. 1651)

    • Would enlist Marylanders in meeting Bay clean-up targets by awarding credits when homeowners take concrete steps to reduce harmful run-off.
  • For the People Act (H.R. 1)

    • Would empower citizens who care about the environment to fight back against the influence of deep-pocketed polluters who pour millions of dollars into political campaigns each cycle.

Sarbanes Co-Sponsored

  • Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act (H.R. 1482)

    • Would close the egregious “Haliburton” loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that exempts fracking from rules designed to protect groundwater aquifers.
  • Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act (H.R. 239)

    • Would protect 1.5 million acres of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska from damaging activities like oil drilling.

Sarbanes Voted

  • AGAINST the Keystone Pipeline

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Congressman Sarbanes is teaming with the U.S. Department of Energy and the City of Baltimore to create a new solar energy workforce training program -- a win-win that helps homeowners reduce utility costs while training workers to enter a dynamic growth industry.

He has been endorsed by Ocean Champions & The Sierra Club. He has a lifetime score of 95% from the League of Conservation Voters, and has earned 100% ratings from Defenders of Wildlife, Food and Policy Action, and Clean Water Action.