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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 3.3.16, 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

Meetings are held monthly on Wednesdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., from September to May. View the meeting agendas and minutes below, which will open as PDFs in a new window.

2020

DateLocationMeeting Documents
January 22Jefferson Building, Chesapeake RoomMinutes
March 25Cisco Webex MeetingMinutes
April 22Cisco Webex MeetingMinutes
May 27This is a virtual meeting via Webex. Members of the public who would like to join can use the information below: Video stream Join by phone: 1-415-655-0001
Access code: 473 822 661
Minutes
September 23This is a virtual meeting via Webex. Members of the public who would like to join can use the information below:
  • Video stream
  • Join by phone: 1-415-655-0001
    Access code: 172 024 6990
Will be posted when available
October 28This is a virtual meeting via Webex. Members of the public who would like to join can use the information below:
  • Video stream
  • Join by phone: 1-415-655-0001
    Access code: 172 451 5719
Will be posted when available
December 2This is a virtual meeting via Webex. Members of the public who would like to join can use the information below:
  • Video stream
  • Join by phone: 1-415-655-0001
    Access code: 180 356 6888
Will be posted when available

2019

DateLocationMeeting Documents
January 23Jefferson Building, Chesapeake RoomMinutes
February 27Jefferson Building, Chesapeake RoomMinutes
March 27Jefferson Building, Chesapeake RoomMinutes
April 24Jefferson Building, Chesapeake RoomMinutes
May 22Jefferson Building, Chesapeake RoomMinutes
September 25Jefferson Building, Chesapeake RoomMinutes
October 23Jefferson Building, Chesapeake RoomMinutes
December 4Jefferson Building, Chesapeake RoomMinutes

Members

The CEQ consists of 15 members. Eight are appointed by the County Executive and one by each County Council member. Commissioners serve three-year terms and there is no term limit. Apply for a vacancy online.

NameAppointment DateCurrent Term ExpiresAppointed By
Linda Davis6/29/20046/30/2019County Executive at Large
Brian Fath10/05/20056/30/2019County Executive at Large
Brian Bernstein7/1/20166/30/2019County Executive at Large
Joan Plisko7/1/20206/30/2023County Executive at Large
Vacant  County Executive
Homebuilders Representative
Andrew Miller7/1/20206/30/2023County Executive
Teacher, Curator and Scientist of Environmental Policy
S Glenn Elseroad2/27/20146/30/2021County Executive
Agricultural Representative
Rex Wright6/13/20066/30/2019County Executive
Business Community Representative
Valerie Androutsopoulos4/20/20126/30/2021Council District 1
Lois Jacobs
Chair
1/12/20046/30/2021Council District 2
Chris Overcash4/19/20174/30/2020Council District 3
Lynda Eisenberg11/9/20166/30/2019Council District 4
Carol Newill9/15/20156/30/2021Council District 5
Avery Harden5/29/20196/30/2022Council District 6
Karen Wynn7/1/20166/30/2019Council District 7

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 Lois Jacobs, CEQ Chair, at ceq@baltimorecountymd.gov.

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

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