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Implementation of Environmental Justice in Maryland

Implementation of Environmental Justice in Maryland

Environmental Justice at MDE focuses on encouraging environmental protection and economic development in Maryland that takes into account public health, ecological health, sustainability issues, and community participation. Implementation efforts include the following:

  • Integrating environmental justice activities into state operations
  • Working closely with the Governor’s Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities (CEJSC)
  • Focusing efforts to improve public participation and continued education of state regulators on environmental justice and sustainable communities, with special attention given to marginalized and disenfranchised communities
  • Undertaking state-wide EJ forums to discuss concerns and solutions
  • Promoting and implementing MDE’s Environmental Benefit Districts (EBDs) program
  • Developing a data gathering tool to assist stakeholders to better plan to address EJ concerns
  • Building and strengthening government “infrastructure” at local levels to support marginalized communities

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Environmental Justice