Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

MLK Day of Service – What It Is, Why It’s Important

As we move through a new year, do not forget the importance of coming together as a community. When we come together, we can make great strides towards real change. On Monday, January 18, we recognize a prominent leader who reminds us of that–Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was born …

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Disability, Access, and the Outdoors

December 3rd is the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Over 61 million adults in the United States live with a disability (CDC). Whether visible or invisible, these disabilities impact the daily lives of 26% of all US adults. This day serves to celebrate the lives of those with disabilities, while also drawing attention …

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Drawn to Nature during the Holiday Season

As we move into the holiday season this year the Alliance is reminded of the diversity of cultures and family traditions that occur throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Much like the natural world, our communities comprise of many different voices, experiences, and are in constant flux. The beauty of autumn and the seasonal changes remind …

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Defining Our Bay Community: A Reflection on Hispanic Heritage Month

The many stakeholders working to strengthen the Chesapeake Bay watershed are truly phenomenal. From conservationists to sportsmen, foundations, governments, businesses, and houses of worship, the Bay gives us so much and we work to give back. I give back by helping to enhance our watershed’s environmental resilience, many others focus on economic stability or community …

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Providing Equitable Access to Green Spaces in Richmond, VA

At the beginning of the year, a “Green Team” of community partners was formed to help the Mayor identify the city-owned land that would become parks and to recommend policies to put in place to ensure the future of these parks. The Alliance’s VA State Director, Nissa Dean, and RiverWise Program Manager, Christina Bonini, served on the Mayor’s Green Team alongside other members of Richmond’s conservation community.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Vision of Freedom

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” -Nelson Mandela

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Riverwise Education

Riverwise Schools meets STEM in Richmond, VA

Environmental educators from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the James River Park System are thrilled to be working together to bring an after-school program to Richmond Public Schools (RPS) students next year.

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Diverse Communities in Dairy Farming

Dairy farming is not only very physical and demanding work, but also a very stressing one. Not surprisingly, the number of dairy farms is decreasing according to the last Ag Census. But more sadly, the average age of farmers (57.5 years) keeps climbing. This shows us that there are less and less Americans interested in …

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Equity in Forestry

“What a friend we have in a tree, the tree is the symbol of hope, self improvement and what people can do for themselves.” – Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and founder of the Green Belt Movement Often when we talk about trees, we speak of the ecological services they provide. From trapping greenhouses …

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Alliance Board Member, Gregory Wims: An Activist for Victim’s Right Foundation

Gregory (Greg) Wims is a local businessman and community activist who has been on the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Board of Directors for the past three years. Greg has occupied his time quarantining during COVID-19 by keeping himself busy with his day job in construction, as well as with his volunteer activism work. In …

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