The Secretary's Office of Environment
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is one of the few State DOTs nationally to comprehensively encompass all modes of transportation within a single Department. The MDOT Headquarters' Office of Environment provides leadership and guidance in environmental policy, planning, compliance, and stewardship to the Department’s six transportation business units:
The Office of Environment is responsible for the Department-wide development, implementation, oversight, and coordination for environmental programs and initiatives that support a safe and sustainable transportation system while protecting human health and the environment. For further information regarding MDOT’s responsibility to the environment see MDOT’s Environmental Commitment Statement.
The Secretary’s Office of Environment coordinates MDOT’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.
Best Practices for Environmental Compliance
Environmental Management System (EMS) - The Secretary's Office of Environment serves as liaison for interagency coordination between MDOT Business Units and other state agencies to promote and exchange outstanding examples of the transportation sector's role in environmental stewardship and implementation of sustainable transportation practices.
Voluntary Self Audits - Environmental regulations apply to a broad range of transportation facilities and operational management activities. MDOT conducts self-audits 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.