Environmental Management At MDOT
The Secretary's Office of Environment
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Headquarters' Office of Environment provides leadership and guidance in the areas of environmental compliance, stewardship and sustainability to the Departments six transportation agencies - Maryland Aviation Administration, Maryland Transportation Authority, Maryland Port Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, Motor Vehicle Administration, and State Highway Administration.
The Office of Environment, in conjunction with the Office of Planning and Capital Programming (OPCP) is responsible for the Department-Wide development, implementation, oversight, coordination, and support for environmental programs and initiatives in these areas. MDOT is the only state DOT nationally to comprehensively encompass all modes of transportation within a single Department.
One of the goals of the Office is to provide, promote and exchange outstanding examples of transportation's role in compliance, environmental stewardship and opportunities for sustainability.
|Aspects of the Program: |
Voluntary Self Audit Program
Environmental regulations apply to a broad range of transportation facilities and operational management activities. MDOT has developed a Self-Audit Program to continually assess, correct and improve operational practices that may impact the environment. This program helps ensure MDOT's compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.
|Environmental Management System (EMS) |
MDOT is in the process of developing Environmental Management Systems across all of its transportation Modes. The EMS will provide a comprehensive, systems - based structural framework and organized process that is tailored to each transportation agency and be utilized to identify specific compliance needs, achieve environmental regulatory compliance, and maintain compliance on a ongoing basis.
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
The Secretary's Office of Environment serves as liaison for interagency coordination between MDOT Modal Administrations and other state agencies to promote environmental stewardship and implement sustainable transportation practices. MDOT is a partner of the Maryland Smart Green and Growing Initiative.
MDOT's Environmental Planning Coordinates the Department's overarching policies and programs with regard to environmental aspects of planning for the multi-modal transportation system. Planning considerations include facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and electric vehicle drivers; promotion of transit oriented development; the transportation interface with natural systems; and response to national and regional priorities such as climate change, air quality and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.