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Commission on Environmental Quality

Formed by legislation in October 2003, the Baltimore County Advisory Commission on Environmental Quality (CEQ) first convened in November 2004 and has met regularly since then. Through its duties and responsibilities as stated in the County Code Section 3.3.2101, the purpose of the CEQ is to encourage protection and preservation of the natural environment in the County and its waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay. This is accomplished by educating the community about how to make environmentally sustainable decisions, and enlightening, advising and initiating dialogue with County officials. The CEQ will facilitate communication between the County government and its residents on environmental needs, programs and legislation.

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The CEQ's actions are twofold—it provides insights to County officials as environmental questions arise, and selects environmental issues to evaluate and works with County officials to develop environmentally sound, economically practical and sustainable results.


Meetings are held monthly on Wednesdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., from September to May. 


The next three meetings will be held in person and are open to the public. The meetings will be take place at 7 p.m. on September 27, October 25 and December 6, located at the Jefferson Building at 105 West Chesapeake Avenue in Towson in the Chesapeake Conference room on the first floor. 

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CEQ Projects and Reports

The CEQ researches and reports on a wide variety of environmental topics of interest to the County based on inquiries by the County Executive, County Council and the public. CEQ projects align with many current County initiatives and recognitions such as the County Executive’s Green Renaissance, the Builders for the Bay Roundtable Process, Baltimore County’s Montreal Process agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and American Forests and Baltimore County being ranked as one of the nation’s top nature-friendly communities.

Contact Us

For more information about the CEQ and its projects, to request previous annual reports or meeting minutes, or to suggest a community issue for consideration by the CEQ, email Carol Newill, CEQ Chair, at

Contact the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability for specific inquiries regarding environmental issues in Baltimore County.