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Chesapeake Bay Foundation

May 29, 2024


Founded in 1966, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay. Serving as a watchdog, we fight for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.

Everyone has the right to clean water and a saved Bay where they can live, work, and play safely.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Clean water and a healthy environment are important for all. At CBF we engage with residents from all walks of life to make our neighborhoods and watersheds healthier places to live. Photo Credit: Kevin and Janet Spence

Just as biodiversity is the key to a thriving ecosystem, human diversity is the key to saving the Bay. Success depends on people from widely diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, identities, and races taking collective action. Clean water, clean air, and a safe environment are rights we all share.

Visit our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice page to learn more.

Education Equity

CBF Student Field Programs allow students to connect with waterways and habitats across the watershed, including ones in their own communities. Photo Credit: Kyle LaFerriere for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

A key part of equity is reviewing how programs can better support communities and resource everyone, it’s why we have invested in outdoor learning equity. Many students miss out on the benefits of nature because they lack access to outdoor learning experiences. Environmental education cannot be limited to textbooks and lessons within the walls of the classroom. That’s why CBF is committed to providing education programs that get students outside, that support teachers in using the environment as a context for learning, and that empower school leaders to embed environmental education into their curriculum. CBF partners with public and independent school systems across the Chesapeake Bay watershed in rural, suburban, and urban communities ensuring that our programming is accessible to all. Through equitable pricing, thoughtful recruiting efforts, and partnership building, CBF ensures our programming is accessible to under-resourced communities.

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