Press Release


Join MDE Secretary Shari T. Wilson and Scot Spencer, chairman of the Maryland Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities for Environment, Justice, and Health in the Planning Process: Strategies for Maryland, a one-day symposium that will kick off a comprehensive state effort to better coordinate planning, development, public health assessments, and goals for sustainability.

The symposium will include an evaluation of the ways in which zoning and land use processes address concerns about environmental justice and an examination of the public health effects of planning and development. Participants will identify tools and legal changes that would help incorporate these issues into the planning and permitting process.


Planners, developers, community groups, environmental scientists and activists, and public health professionals should attend.


Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore MD 21251.

The symposium is sponsored by the Maryland Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, the Baltimore Region Environmental Justice in Transportation Project, and the Maryland Departments of the Environment, Health and Mental Hygiene, Planning, and Housing and Community Development.

To register go to:

For more information, contact Lisa Nissley, MDE’s Environmental Justice Coordinator, at or 410-537-3084.