Mission: The Maryland Environmental Justice Legislative Team works to magnify community voices through the legislative process to address environmental injustice in Maryland.
The Environmental Justice Legislative Team welcomes participation from anyone interested in creating a more inclusive and equitable environmental policy landscape. We are comprised of activists and volunteers not affiliated with any organization, and the following policy, environmental, faith, and health organizations, including:
The environmental justice movement seeks clean and healthy environments for communities that are overburdened by pollution and health hazards, and promotes meaningful community engagement in policy-making.
In the 2017 Legislative Session we supported:
During the 2017 legislative session, the Environmental Justice Legislative Team hosted our first event to break bread with faith leaders, elected officials, and community, health, and environmental advocates and discuss a pressing environmental justice or equity issue facing Marylanders.
In 2017, we worked with the Legislative Black Caucus to highlight food deserts, with educational speakers from the Caucus, the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Filbert Street Garden, and the Maryland Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities (CEJSC). Hungry Harvest provided rescued produce from grocery stores to highlight the injustice of food deserts: edible food is thrown out everyday due to a minor blemish.
“The burden is falling most heavily on communities of color or low-income communities and on rural communities. We want to make sure that their voice and their presence is prominent here in Annapolis where the legislative work of our state is being done,” said Vernice Miller-Travis, outgoing chair of the CEJSC.
To find out more about environmental justice in Maryland, view the resources below: