COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

Camille E. Burke, Chair (chosen by Commission), 2024

Appointed by Governor to 3-year terms: Crystal M. Faison, 2022; Paulette G. Hammond, 2022; Monica R. Brooks, 2023; Voncia L. Molock, 2023; Barbara J. Paca, Ph.D., 2024; Sacoby Miguel Wilson, Ph.D., 2024.

Appointed by Senate President: one vacancy

Appointed by House Speaker: Regina T. Boyce

Appointed jointly by Senate President & House Speaker to 3-year terms: Renee B. Carr, Psy.D., 2026; Dennis M. Deshields, M.D., 2026; Kellie Gaither, 2026; Tracey Garrett, 2026; Andrew J. Miller, Ph.D., 2026; Rebecca C. Rehr, 2026.

Appointed by Maryland Association of Counties: Asha H. Smith

Appointed by Maryland Municipal League: Lori Cunningham

Appointed by Maryland State & DC AFL-CIO: Donna F. Edwards; Gerald Jackson

Ex officio: Melissa Brown, designee of Secretary of Commerce; Aneca Y. Atkinson, designee of Secretary of the Environment; Subha Chandar, designee of Secretary of Health; John N. Papagni, designee of Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Yasmin Behram, designee of Secretary of Planning; Jada J. Wright, designee of Secretary of Transportation.

Staff: Devon L. Dodson


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Montgomery Park Business Center, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland, February 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


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 by the General Assembly (Chapter 460, Acts of 2003). Environmental justice concerns the resolution of environmental issues in a manner equitable to all those affected by them. It has been defined as ". . . equal protection from environmental and health hazards for all people regardless of race, income, culture, and social class." (Chapter 741, Acts of 1997).

The Commission analyzes and reviews what impact 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. Moreover, the Commission assesses the adequacy of laws to ensure environmental justice, and develops criteria to pinpoint which communities need sustaining.

On issues related to environmental justice and sustainable communities, the Commission advises State agencies. With the Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, it coordinates recommendations about such issues.

Twenty-five members constitute the Commission. Of these, five members are appointed by the Governor. Six are appointed jointly by the Senate President and the House Speaker; and one each is appointed by the Senate President, and House Speaker. Two members are appointed by the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO; and one member by the Maryland Association of Counties, and one by the Maryland Municipal League. Six members serve ex officio (Chapters 634 & 635, Acts of 2021; Chapters 237 & 238, Acts of 2022; Code Environment Article, sec. 1-701).

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