Public Affairs & Community Relations Section

Communications & Public Engagement Office

The Communications and Public Engagement Office (CPEO) advances the overall mission of the department through public outreach, special events, community meetings, media facilitation and publications/graphic development.

Letters, questions or other concerns addressed to the Director about DoE are also handled through this office.


The CPEO Team is responsible for producing a quarterly newsletter highlighting the department's initiatives and services, a collection of environmental and sustainable guidelines for you to use daily called Tuesday Tip and various other brochures, informational packets, public notices and post cards.


The team also investigates complaints related to cemeteries to ensure they are run in compliance with code requirements governing perpetual care. Field visits are performed to at least two randomly selected county cemeteries annually.

Community Engagement/Partnerships

If you would like to invite a DoE staff member to speak at your community, HOA or special event and for meeting inquiries or presentations, please email Everette Bradford, Citizen Services Specialist, or call 301-883-5985 to schedule a date and time.

Subscribe to DoE Communications

To receive DoE communications on a regular basis, you are invited to subscribe to our distribution list by emailing your request to Lauren Kinard, Public Information Specialist. In the subject line of the email, write "Subscribe" and provide your name, organization (if applicable), preferred email to receive communication and phone number in the body of the message.

Media Interviews

To interview or to contact one of our skilled staff members for a news story or feature, please contact Linda Lowe, Public Information Officer at 301-883-5952 or via email.

Graphic Designs

If you are seeking permission to use any of DoE's logos or graphic designs, please email Kenan Langston.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) Requests

If you would like to request information for the Department of the Environment under the FOIA or MPIA, please provide the request in writing or email Joe Gill, Office of the Director.  For all other agency/department FOIA or MPIA requests, please email Bridgette Greer, Office of Law.

Policy & Legislative Affairs Section

The Policy and Legislative Affairs Section (PLAS), manages a variety of administrative office management functions for the entire agency. PLAS prepares, tracks and responds to the legislative agenda set forth by the agency, county, and state. This section is also responsible for updating and formulating internal policies that impact the operations of the agency. For more information, email Angela Angel.

As part of the Policy and Legislative Affairs Section, the Office of Boards and Commissions has oversight for the Commission for Animal Control (CAC). The Office of Boards and Commissions processes the following items for review by CAC:
  • Return of animals impounded by the Animal Management Division (AMD)
  • Requests to appeal citations received from AMD, such as animal nuisance complaints (excessive barking, running at large, odor, etc.)
  • Hearing requests (must be submitted in writing)

CAC Hearings are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 500 in Largo, Maryland 20774. For more information, call 301-883-5875.

Inquiries on stray animals, animal cruelty, Pit bull sightings, wildlife, dead animals, farm animals or livestock, and dog bites should be directed to AMD at 301-780-7200.