The Secretary's Office of Environment
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Headquarters' Office of Environment provides leadership and guidance in environmental policy, planning, compliance, and stewardship to the Department’s six transportation business units - Maryland Aviation Administration, Maryland Port Administration, Maryland Transportation Authority, Maryland Transit Administration, Motor Vehicle Administration, and State Highway Administration. MDOT is one of the few State DOTs nationally to comprehensively encompass all modes of transportation within a single Department.
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.
Environmental Management System (EMS)
MDOT has taken the initiative to implement Environmental Management Systems (EMS) across all of its transportation business units., to facilitate continuous improvement in environmental performance. The EMS provides comprehensive, systems-based structural framework and organized process that is tailored to each transportation business unit and used to identify specific environmental responsibilities, achieve regulatory compliance, and maintain compliance on an ongoing basis.
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.
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
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. 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.