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Green Infrastructure

Community Collaboration for Conservation

The Alliance reduces stormwater runoff by implementing conservation landscaping practices that improve water quality and support healthy landscapes throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Nearly 1.9 million acres of land is impervious in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, contributing to increased stormwater runoff polluting local waterways. We proactively reduce runoff by implementing rain gardens, native plant gardens, rain barrels, and permeable surfaces.

Additionally, we collaborate with communities to build living shorelines, wetlands, and stream restoration projects, improving water quality, increasing biological diversity, and supporting healthy landscapes throughout the watershed.

Landscape Restoration

The Alliance’s landscape restoration work restores shorelines, wetlands, streams, and sensitive wildlife areas to keep our waterways clean and sustain healthy lands.

The Alliance works with partners to repair these sensitive landscapes by installing restorative practices that also enhance ecosystem resilience, protect diverse communities, and benefit thousands of birds, fish, and other wildlife dependent on native wildlife habitat.

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Stormwater Management

The Alliance is committed to helping communities reduce the pollution that enters local waterways by installing practices that use natural processes to improve water quality.

Our partnerships and projects focus on community-based efforts that engage local landowners to implement this green infrastructure, which beautify urban environments, create pockets of beneficial habitat, and make for a healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Workforce Development

Whether it be through green job training efforts, industry professionals engagement, or resource sharing with partners, the Alliance is committed to enhancing the professional workforce that installs and maintains green infrastructure practices.

Building this capacity ensures the long term sustainability of water quality improvement projects.

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What's Happening

The Greening of St. Catherine Laboure

In May 2021 the Alliance and our partners at ecoLatinos set forth on a new project: The Greening of St. Catherine Laboure. I should start by saying St. Catherine was very green already. Sitting on almost 10 acres of beautiful property in Montgomery County, MD, the Catholic church has immaculate grounds. However, more than half ... Read More >

Conservation Landscaping at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church

In September the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and SG Designs planted a native plant garden, also known as a conservation landscape, at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA. Read More >

Sustainable Architecture: Designing an Eco-Friendly Home

Climate change is on many homeowners' minds and how the various climate risks such as flooding, fire, and drought may affect your home. Now may be the time to turn to a more sustainable future of homeownership, and sustainable architecture is paving the way to mitigate our impact on the environment. So whether you're looking to buy a new home that's more eco-friendly or looking for sustainable upgrades to your existing house, we've got you covered. We'll explain what sustainable architecture is and how you can make a greener future for your own home. Read More >

John B. Cary Honored as a Green Ribbon School

We are thrilled to share the news that John B. Cary Elementary School (Cary) was named, on Earth Day, as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School for 2022. Across the country, 27 schools (with only two in Virginia, both of which are in Richmond), five districts, and four postsecondary institutions also received this ... Read More >

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