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Interview with Board Member, Tara Scully

August 4, 2020

Tara Scully is an Alliance Board Member, and the Director of the Sustainability Minor Program and an Assistant Professor of Biology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has been on the Alliance’s Board since 2017, and has been a great asset to our organization. When I asked Tara if she has picked up

Native Plants We Love ‒ the Power of Pink!

August 4, 2020

The summer welcomes numerous sun loving wildflowers that grace a diversity of wildlife habitats natural and manmade. As July comes to a close and August arrives, wildflowers in delicious colors serve delicacies of nectar and pollen to pollinating visitors like bumblebees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and solitary wasps. My top three include summer phlox, rose mallow, and

Introducing a New Video Series: Native Plant Narratives

August 3, 2020

A close up of the flower, rudbeckia

Native Plant Narratives is a series of short, educational videos highlighting the benefits of plants native to the Chesapeake Bay region and conservation gardening. Most of the videos will focus on specific native species, where and when to use them, as well as how to care for them. There will also be videos on more

Year of the Woman: Marylou Barton

July 31, 2020

This month’s woman of the year blog features a tremendously fierce and passionate leader from Pennsylvania, Marylou Barton. Marylou’s career was activated by her two passions in life; children and mother nature. The former is where Marylou’s law career started, with the Pennsylvania Attorney General Office as a child prosecutor, and the latter is where

Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Vision of Freedom

July 31, 2020

“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

Peer to Peer Learning Exchange Expands Virtual!

July 28, 2020

In 2019, The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay alongside the Local Leadership Workgroup, Local Government Advisory Committee and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, hosted a bus tour entitled  “Wandering Virginia’s Waterways.”  This two-day peer to peer learning exchange was geared towards elected officials from the Shenandoah area to the coastlines of Virginia, and focused

Green Infrastructure Program takes root in the City of Lancaster!

July 27, 2020

Lancaster Tree Tenders

The Alliance kicked off a new partnership with the City of Lancaster in the midst of a pandemic. While the impact and implications of COVID-19 moved through local communities we geared up for operating in a remote world. Passionate people who care deeply about the Lancaster community and our environment see opportunities to leverage and expand our work – even in the midst of uncertainties.   

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Wins Sustainability Award

July 17, 2020

The Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership has earned the Innovation Center for US Dairy’s 2020 Sustainability Award. The award recognizes U.S. dairy farms, businesses, and collaborative partnerships…

A Thing for the Water

July 17, 2020

I have a thing for the water. I know, that’s a big surprise to hear coming from the Virginia Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, but it’s true. I really have a BIG thing for the water. Creeks, streams, rivers, bays, and the ocean… all of it sets my heart on fire and soothes my soul, like nothing else, both at the same time. When I smell sea salt on the air, I swear I can feel it coursing through my veins. I have a thing for the water.

Respect Your Elderberries

July 9, 2020

A close up photo of the eldeberry inflorescence (flower)

Despite being…

Riverwise Schools meets STEM in Richmond, VA

July 8, 2020

Riverwise Education

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. Middle school students that pick the STEM based program will experience learning outdoors and examine what role they play in their community to protect the James River. Thanks to a recent grant to the Alliance, funded by NAAEE and NOAA, the educators will run the program through the 21st Century Community Learning Center partner, NextUp RVA.  The program has unique features including a TopoBox and a visit to see the Science on a Sphere!

Diverse Communities in Dairy Farming

July 6, 2020

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…