Montgomery Park Business Center, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland, February 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Appointed by Governor: Rosa H. Burenstine; Betty J. Dabney; Richard W. Fairbanks; Joshua Feldmark; Andrew M. Fellows; Vernice D. Miller-Travis; John Quinn; Kelly E. Pfeifer; Rev. Solomon Iyobosa Omo-Osagie II. Terms expire 2009.
Appointed by Senate President: Michael G. Lenett
Appointed by House Speaker: Elizabeth Bobo
Ex officio: Stephen L. Pattison, designee of Secretary of the Environment; Samarpita Das, designee of Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene; Arabia M. Davis, designee of Secretary of Planning.
Staff: Dorothy Morrison
In March 2001, the Governor created the Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities (Executive Order 01.01.2001.01). Effective October 1, 2003, the Commission was established by statute (Chapter 460, Acts of 2003).
Environmental justice concerns the resolution of environmental issues in a manner equitable to all those affected by them. The Commission advises State agencies on issues related to environmental justice and sustainable communities. With the Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, it coordinates recommendations on such issues. The Commission analyzes and reviews what impact current State laws, regulations, and policy have on the equitable treatment and protection of communities threatened by development or environmental pollution, and determines what areas in the State need immediate attention. The Commission assesses the adequacy of current statutes to ensure environmental justice, and develops criteria to pinpoint which communities need sustaining.
Fifteen members constitute the Commission. Ten are appointed by the Governor, one by the Senate President, and one by the House Speaker. Three members serve ex officio (Code Environment Article, sec. 1-701).
July 1, 2009
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