Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities Web Tools

TOXMAP- http://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov TOXMAP focuses on the geographic distribution of chemical releases, their relative amounts, and their trends over time. This release data comes from industrial facilities around the United States, as reported annually to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). TOXMAP also links to NLM's extensive collection of toxicology and environmental health references, as well as to a rich resource of data on hazardous chemical substances in its TOXNET databases (http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/). There are also fact sheets and summaries about the various chemicals, written by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

TRI- The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities. This inventory was established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) and expanded by the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990.

RTK Network (TRI Search)- The Right-to-Know Network provides free access to numerous databases and resources on the environment. With the information available on RTK NET, you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects, find permits issued under environmental statutes, and identify civil cases filed.

Maryland Department of Planning’s Task Force on Future Growth and Development- The 21-member task force, created under HB 773 in the 2007 legislative session, began meeting in January 2008 with 13 specific charges to fulfill.  The report, entitled “Where Do We Grow from Here?,” presents an assessment of current conditions in the State and outlines over 50 recommendations for furthering smart, sustainable growth in Maryland.

Maryland Smart Growth Sub-Cabinet- Created by statute in 1997, the Smart Growth Sub-Cabinet is the state's principal body for developing, coordinating, and implementing Smart Growth policy.  Smart growth concentrates new development and redevelopment in areas that have existing or planned infrastructure to avoid sprawl.  Smart Growth has four straightforward goals: Support existing communities by targeting resources to support development in areas where infrastructure exists; Save our most valuable natural resources before they are forever lost; Save taxpayers from the high cost of building infrastructure to serve development that has spread far from our traditional population centers; and Provide Marylanders with a high quality of life, whether they choose to live in a rural community, suburb, small town, or city.

The Smart Growth Sub-Cabinet is led by the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning and comprised of the Secretaries of the departments of Agriculture, Budget and Management, Business and Economic Development, Environment, General Services, Housing and Community Development, Natural Resources, Transportation, and the Higher Education Commission, and the director of the National Center for Smart Growth.  The Sub-Cabinet meets monthly and produces a yearly report for the general assembly on the implementation of the State's Smart Growth policies.  The Smart Growth Coordinating Committee, which also meets monthly, is the Sub-Cabinet's staff level working group.

Maryland’s Genuine Progress Indicator- Traditional government indicators such as the Gross Domestic/State Products address only economic transactions. They do not include the environmental and social costs of what we buy and how we live or fully appreciate the significant contributions of our natural systems.  To measure how economic progress impacts long-term prosperity, the Maryland Genuine Progress Indicator was developed.  This index for sustainable prosperity is based on a national, accepted approach to measuring and tracking the benefits and costs of our economic activities.

Maryland Green Registry.  Help build a smarter, greener, more sustainable Maryland by putting proactive environmental practices to work right in your own organization. The Maryland Green Registry is a voluntary, self-certification program offering tips and resources to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.

program offering tips and resources to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.