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ForumPlus

ForumPlus, an extension of the Chesapeake Watershed Forum, is designed to provide organizations with continuous opportunities to learn, network, and inspire each other on a variety of environmental subjects through many social platforms. It aims to facilitate a continuous conversation, create partnerships between environmental groups across the watershed, and focus on information sharing.

ForumPlus creates a steady relationship between watershed groups and local governments through a variety of educational and networking events in different platforms.

ForumPlus events look like a number of different things:

  • Panel events hosted in different cities that are centered around diversity initiatives in the environmental field.
  • Issue debates and/or regional one day forums to bring synergy to local groups in these regions.
  • A Local Government Forum that would focus on issues that are specific to local government implementation of the WIP’s and opportunities for local watershed group engagement with local governments.

A few Forum Plus events highlighted below:

Pennsylvania Sportsmen’s Forum:

Since 2017, the Alliance has held the PA Sportsmen’s Forum three years in a row with the purpose of bringing together conservationists and sportsmen/women to discuss shared goals and develop joint efforts in areas such as fish and wildlife habitat restoration, land conservation, forest management, stream restoration, and more. The event is a mix of educational presentations and immersive outdoor experiences designed to engage attendees and spark discussion that strengthens our common mission of healthier lands and waters.

Sustainable Business Summit in Pennsylvania

The Sustainable Business Summit showcased local companies’ leadership in sustainability, discussed opportunities for continued action across all sectors, and brainstormed local and regional partnerships for change.

Richmond East End Forum

This Forum brought together practitioners to discuss collective efforts in green infrastructure project planning in Richmond’s East End neighborhood. As a result, a partnership was formed to pursue the design and implementation of a green street, which will help improve water quality, reduce “heat island” effect, and improve pedestrian and bike safety. 

Southern Maryland Habitat Forum – Finding Common Ground

This Forum’s goal was to create a listening space where individuals throughout the region could discuss issues, concerns, and barriers regarding the region’s habitats. At the next Forum, we plan to go more in-depth in order to address issues, and devise solutions while engaging additional interested stakeholders.

Chesapeake Monitoring Committee Training Citizen Scientist Volunteers

The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative has provided technical, logistical, and outreach support through 80 workshops over the last three years and has incorporated data from over 70 monitoring groups into the Chesapeake Data Explorer, reaching over 100,000 data points in 2019.

LGAC – Green Jobs Forum

The focus of the 2019 Local Government Forum was to provide the Chesapeake Bay Program leadership with more specific recommendations to better meet the workforce needs in the communities across the Bay region. 

Washington, DC Green Jobs & Workforce Development Roundtable
The DC Green Jobs Workforce Roundtable brought together over 60 participants representing all aspects of the environmental and workforce fields with one goal: To better understand our green workforce development programs in the District and their needs. The event hosted multiple speakers and panels, each reflecting on the importance of cross-sector partnerships and a well prepared and supported green workforce in order to meet the Districts restoration goals. Takeaways and action items derived from this roundtable will help us address these issues through continued discussions, partnerships, and events.
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Jenny McGarvey Senior Program Manager, Virginia Office

Jenny is a senior program manager based in the Alliance’s Virginia office. She serves a dual managerial role over the Chesapeake Watershed Forum, ForumPlus, and Chesapeake Network, and aspects of our Chesapeake Forest program.

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Lucy Heller Communications and Maryland Outreach Coordinator, Maryland Office

Lucy is the Communications and Maryland Outreach Coordinator in the Annapolis office. She assists with daily communications work and coordinates Maryland outreach events.

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