The Taste: Celebrate 50 Years

Thank You For Celebrating the last 50 Years With Us!

Thank you for joining us as we celebrated 50 years of cleaner land and waters in the Chesapeake Bay watershed – it was quite the celebration!

Together on September 23rd we…

Thanks to you, we’ve kicked off our 50th Anniversary fundraising campaign by raising over $173,000 during The Taste!

It’s supporters like you that will allow us to expand our efforts over the next 50 years by engaging new communities, planting more trees, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and making an even bigger impact.

This fall, you can DOUBLE your impact for a cleaner Chesapeake Bay! For every $1 donated, our generous donors will match your gift one-to-one, up to $100,000.

Make Your Impact Today!

Thank You to Our 2021 Taste Sponsors!


Don and Diane Boucher



Al and Teresa Todd  |  Anderson, Davis & Associates  |  Biohabitats  |  Bold Concepts  |  Delmarva Financial  |  Don & Gail Kohn  |  Ecotone  |  Elizabeth Abdoo  |  Environmental Quality Resources  |  Evan Thalenberg  |  Fran Flanigan  |  Green Fin Studio  |  Jack & Marti Detweiler Fund for Enhancing Communities  |  Julie & Frank Family Foundation  |  Kate Fritz  |  LandStudies  |  The Luts and Greenleigh Group  |  Sally Hornor  |  The Stein Family Charitable Foundation  |  Susan Johnson  |  Sustainable Science  |  Underwood & Associates  |  Wetland Studies  and Solutions  |  Xtra Care Landscaping

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The Taste's 2021 Keynote Speaker Will Inspire Collaboration

Lee Failing, Partner at Compass Resource Management Ltd.

A key tenant of the Alliance over the last 50 years has been to work together. That means across the communities, businesses and companies, and conservation groups who live, work, and play in the Chesapeake. No single restoration project, education effort, or advocacy campaign has ever been successful without the diverse voices that have a stake in the outcomes of our work. Known as one of the premier watershed restoration efforts, the Chesapeake has always known that together is better than separate – especially as we continue to advocate for, educate about, and restore, the incredible lands and waters of our watershed.

When we were looking for a speaker for our annual Taste: Celebrate 50 Years, we were looking for someone who can speak to building consensus across different stakeholder groups. One of the Alliance’s Board Members, Matt McGehrin, heard Lee Failing speak on the Alliance for Decision Education podcast, where Lee was sharing her life’s work on bringing communities from “Conflict to Collaboration.” Lee’s work and experience were speaking directly to our philosophy, and we knew she would be a perfect addition to the Taste. We are so pleased that she will be joining us on September 23rd.

Watch Lee Failing’s Keynote Speech here!

Lee is a designer and facilitator of processes that bring people together to make complex and controversial decisions. A trusted leader and widely regarded expert in environmental management and decision-making, she has spent the past two decades working with communities, governments, industry and civil society leaders to better share land and water, manage environmental risks, design greener cities, and adapt to a changing climate. Today she is working with Indigenous leaders and Canadian governments to co-create new pathways to co-governance and reconciliation.

Lee believes in the power of engaging diverse people in learning and making decisions together. As a mentor, coach, speaker and author, she shares practical insights about the power of diversity and inclusivity in decision making, the importance of learning to talk to each other about values and trade-offs, and how a focus on shared choices can bridge divides.

Lee is a founding partner of Compass Resource Management, an innovative consultancy in Vancouver, Canada, with a mission to raise the bar for how we make decisions in civil society. She is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, and formerly at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia. She is co-author of the widely-cited book Structured Decision Making: A practical guide for environmental management choices, and her latest publication, The Decision Playbook, aims to bring collaborative decision making skills into school classrooms.

Change making is hard work, and the only way forward is through collaboration and working together. This means understanding our differences, and elevating our similarities. We hope you will join the Alliance at our Taste: Celebrate 50 Years event on September 23rd to learn how you can continue to be a good steward of our lands and waters through true collaboration – it’s not as hard as we think.

Congratulations To Our 2021 Taste Award Winners

Read more about each of our winners and watch their acceptance speeches by clicking the links below.

  • Fran Flanigan Environmental Leadership Award – Al Todd
    • The Fran Flanigan award is named after our longest-tenured Executive Director of 20 years. Fran Flanigan was a stalwart leader and visionary for the Alliance. Al was honored for his leadership of the Alliance as a previous Executive Director and his continued commitment to a cleaner Chesapeake Bay through many challenging years. Watch Now
  • Marlyand Watershed Champion – Dr. Alan Anderson
    • The Alliance recognized Dr. Alan Anderson for his work through our partnership with Bowie State University, and his commitment to ensuring his students have an opportunity to build skills related to environmental conservation. Dr. Anderson has been incredibly giving of his time to this partnership, and his efforts have created year-round meaningful watershed experiences for students in the classroom and beyond. Watch Now
  • Virginia Watershed Champion – Michael Powell
    • Michael Powell’s vision for John B. Cary Elementary School’s Eco Campus has prioritized outdoor learning and environmental literacy. Not only has he added trees and gardens to the campus, but his sensibility to stormwater runoff and replacing turf has created an outdoor space where all students can become environmental stewards. Watch Now
  • Washington, DC Watershed Champion – Brian Rodgers
    • We recognized Brian Rodger’s work as a Rain Barrel contractor, passionate DC Green Workforce Workgroup member, and dedicated partner to the Alliance. Watch Now
  • Pennsylvania Watershed Champion – Teddi Stark
    • Teddi is a warrior for riparian forest buffers. We recognized that her passion for the reforestation of our watershed and leadership at DCNR has resulted in increased funding for buffers in Pennsylvania and for the Alliance. Watch Now