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Maryland State Government Maryland Department of the Environment

Environmental Justice in Maryland

The mission of the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE), in part, encourages fostering economic development, healthy and safe communities, and quality environmental education for the benefit of the environment, public health, and economy. Embraced in this mission is an encouragement to foster these opportunities in all communities. Environmental Justice (E.J.) at MDE parallels the agency’s mission and emphasizes quality of life, economic development, and environmental protection improvements in all communities, particularly those that are disenfranchised and far removed in decision-making. The E.J. policies at MDE are working to improve the quality of life in communities through a vision of partnerships and collaborations.

A primary goal of the policy is to develop an environmental justice tool kit that offers strategies that can integrate the goals of all concerned parties to resolve concerns and assist in revitalization efforts through approaches that are aimed at protecting and restoring our environment, as well as stimulating economic growth and safe, healthy communities. Other key components of the E.J. efforts at MDE include initiating collaborations among government, public and private stakeholders; developing new platforms for public participation, community and business participation; and, creating new and innovative ideas to assist in land and community revitalization. 

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