Kotoski was recently appointed a member of the Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities.
John R. Kotoski, CGCS at the River Run Golf Club in Berlin, Md., was recently appointed a member of the Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities by Gov. Martin O’Malley.
According to the EPA, environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. The Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities advises state agencies on issues related to environmental justice and sustainable communities. With the Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, it coordinates recommendations on such issues. The commission analyzes and reviews what impact current state laws, regulations, and policies have on the equitable treatment and protection of communities threatened by development or environmental pollution, and determines what areas need immediate attention. The group also assesses the adequacy of current statutes to ensure environmental justice, and develops criteria to pinpoint which communities need sustaining.