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About Laura Todd

Laura is the Program Coordinator for the RiverSmart Homes program, coordinated in partnership with the DC Department of Energy and the Environment. She works on the permeable paver program.

Working Together to Strengthen DC’s Green Job Workforce

“No other city that I know of has convened a meeting like this,” expressed Andrew Moore of the National League of Cities, commenting on the DC Workforce Development and Green Jobs Roundtable that was created by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, in partnership with the Department of Energy and Environment and the National League

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Goblin’s Gold

Are you afraid of the dark?  Walking through a forest in upstate New York, you come across a damp, dark cave. You are keen to move past it, fearful of what lies within. You hurry forwards when out of the corner of your eye an eerie greenish glow appears. Are you seeing things? What

Alliance Hosts Green Infrastructure Trainings en Español!

During September, the Alliance hosted two green infrastructure trainings taught entirely in Spanish. Through key partnerships with DC’s Department of Energy and the Environment and the non-profit EcoLatinos, participants at both the rain barrel and rain garden trainings were able to leave with increased stormwater knowledge, technical know-how for the successful installation of stormwater best

An Act of Faith on the Anacostia River

On a beautiful and sunny Saturday morning, a group of 45 volunteers gathered on a foot bridge spanning the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. Members of the group EcoSikh had met, passing around trash bags and gloves, to collect trash from Heritage and Kingman Islands as part of the Alliance’s Project Clean Stream initiative. Before

Remi’s Internship Reflection

Now that my time as the DC Graphic Design Intern for the Alliance is coming to its close, I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single minute of it. I started in July earlier this year, and I was actually a pretty nervous wreck, but when I came in for the orientation at the

Safeguarding Against Stormwater: Maintaining RiverSmart Homes Best Management Practices

Stormwater runoff is the fastest growing source of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Increased development throughout the watershed has reduced the natural ground cover which is equipped to absorb and filter water during storm events. Asphalt, concrete, or other impervious structures such as homes or commercial buildings are replacing these natural ground covers. These impervious

Stormwater Symbiosis: A Look at the Bloomingdale Rebate Program as a Successful Example of Public-Private-Civil Society Partnership

Mutually Beneficial Relationships Flourish Institutions that embody symbiotic relationships between public, private, and civil society sectors have proven to be a successful model for the management of water resources across the globe. Their cooperative approach brings together a range of partners that can accommodate diverse community needs in a way that is transparent, inclusive, and

Spring 2016 RiverSmart Rain Garden Contractor Training

Image courtesy of Arthur Kay. The next free rain garden training for local landscape contractors will be held on Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, 2016.  (In the event of inclement weather, the rain date for the field session is Tuesday, June 14th). Who is eligible to attend? Everyone. You do not need previous experience

Permeable Paver Specialist Course (PICP)

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program Thursday, February 4, 2016, 8:00am – 5:30pm District Department of the Environment 1200 First Street, NE Washington DC The PICP Specialist Course provides permeable paver installation training and certification through the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI). Discounted price: $245 (regularly $295). This course is intended for contractors who have experience

Free Paver Materials!!! Act Now to Transform Your Space and Contribute to a Cleaner Chesapeake Bay!

Hurry...transform your concrete parking pad or patio into usable, livable, permeable green or grey space, and get your free permeable pavers today! DC homeowner yard being fitted with environmentally friendly pervious pavers. The deadline for the Bloomingdale Rebate Program is quickly approaching. All projects must be completed by September 21, 2015. 

PICP Specialist Course

Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:00am-5:30pm District Department of the Environment 1200 First Street, NE Washington DC The Alliance is sponsoring a Permeable Interlocking Concrete Paver (PICP) Specialist training event in partnership with Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). The cost of this training event is discounted from

Spring Forward… and Catch the Return of DC’s Bloomingdale Rebate Program!

The RiverSmart Bloomingdale Rebate program is back and better than ever! Following the success of last year’s rebate program, the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) has once again partnered with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to coordinate stormwater rebate projects on residential properties across the Bloomingdale Sewershed (land area in which the