Environment Overview 

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) takes a comprehensive systems approach to environmental stewardship. This approach facilitates programs in air quality, climate resilience, energy, land and water resources, and regulatory compliance. These considerations are integral in our transportation planning, design, construction, and day-to-day operations.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), comprised of the Transportation Secretary’s Office, MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration, MDOT Maryland Port Administration, MDOT Maryland Transit Administration, MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration, MDOT State Highway Administration, and the Maryland Transportation Authority believes that protection of human health and natural resources and implementation of environmentally responsible business practices are essential elements of its mission. MDOT is committed to environmental compliance, continuous improvement in environmental performance and effective interaction with its employees, other government agencies, and the community.

MDOT is committed to minimizing adverse impacts from its activities, products and services; and integrating an ethic of sustainability as we connect people to life’s opportunities. Our commitment extends to the environment, our customers, our staff, and the communities in which we operate.

MDOT SHA stormwater runoff project

Environmental Compliance

MDOT is committed to complying with all applicable environmental laws and regulations. Environmental compliance protects human health and the environment and is accomplished.

Solar panels at MDOT MTA facility

Energy Efficiency

MDOT has committed to reduce conventional energy use through efficiency measures and expansion of renewable energy sources.

Poplar Island restoration project

Land and Water Resources

MDOT is committed to delivering a transportation program that protects and improves the land and water resources of Maryland. MDOT projects are reviewed by resource and regulatory agencies for impacts on the environment.

Natural gas powered shuttle at BWI Marshall Airport

Air Quality

MDOT is committed to improving air quality in Maryland through innovative transportation policies, investments in clean and zero emission technologies, and collaboration with regional planning organizations.