Featured Partners

Devils Backbone | The Hershey Company | Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Health | Lockheed Martin Corporation | Mars, Inc. | | Northrop Grumman | Sterling Planet | WGL Energy

 

Devils Backbone

Devils Backbone, a brewpub and brewery located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Nelson County, Virginia, recently launched a new beer that cements their commitment to the Chesapeake Bay and raises awareness for clean water. With the sale of every Striped Bass Pale Ale, a brew created solely to benefit the Chesapeake Bay, Devils Backbone will donate a portion of the proceeds to support CBF's efforts to protect and restore the Bay.

Established in 2008, Devils Backbone is the brainchild of Steve Crandall, an avid outdoorsman, who is committed not just to being a good steward of the environment but also to giving back to the community.

"I take great joy in working to leave this land better than I found it and in a small way help the Bay. This impacts all my business decisions—everything that benefits the community benefits the brewery. We want to be good neighbors and do things in a positive way," Crandall explains. "Striped Bass Pale Ale is a unique opportunity to support a worthy cause while also raising awareness. It's a win-win."

Crandall has also leveraged his gift to generate additional funds to support CBF through each of his distributors for Striped Bass Pale Ale!

To learn more about Devils Backbone visit www.dbbrewingcompany.com/.

The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company has been supporting CBF's Pennsylvania-based education program since its inception in 1987—longer than any other corporate donor. The company's first gift helped purchase a fleet of canoes and a trailer for the program. Now, more than 30 years later, thanks to The Hershey Company's support, CBF's Susquehanna Watershed Education Program has educated and inspired thousands of students and teachers throughout the company's home state of Pennsylvania. “Our support of CBF’s Environmental Education Programs in Pennsylvania over the years, has been a unique way to broaden our commitment to environmental stewardship, as hundreds of education and tens of thousand of students benefit from the excellent, hands-on educations programs that CBF provides each year.” Jeff King, Hershey Company Senior director of Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Innovation. In addition, The Hershey Company’s support helped launch the newest education program in Pennsylvania, Student Action and Restoration (StAR) program, this land-based program bridges the connection between water quality and student-driven action projects. In 2020, the Hershey Company joined CBF in another initiative—the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership. 

To learn more about The Hershey Company visit www.thehersheycompany.com.

Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Health

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. (Kaiser Permanente) and CBF are teaming up to promote healthy eating, access to local food, and sustainable agriculture.

Through our programs at Clagett Farm, we are working with Kaiser Permanente to increase access to healthy food by demonstrating sustainable farming techniques, and to provide fresh organic produce to low-income communities and local families. The partnership also allows us to educate and engage students, community members, consumers, and decision makers on the connections between sustainable agriculture, clean water, local food, and human health. Kaiser Permanente has also been a marquee partner in supporting our two signature events, DC on the Half Shell and Bands in the Sand.

To learn more about Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States visit kp.org/midatlantic.


Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lockheed Martin has been a longtime generous supporter of CBF's environmental education program. Just outside Baltimore, Maryland, one of the world's largest defense contractors, Lockheed Martin, has undertaken a decade-long environmental cleanup that demonstrates not only their commitment to the environment, but to the local community as well.

In the 1990s, contamination was discovered at the corporation's Middle River Complex and Martin State Airport in Middle River, Maryland, that can be traced back to an airplane factory that operated there some sixty years earlier. Since that discovery, Lockheed Martin hasn't looked back, forging ahead with extensive environmental tests—actively investigating groundwater, soil, and sediment at both locations. They voluntarily accepted responsibility for the cleanup at both locations, including adjacent properties and waterways in addition to land and buildings owned by the corporation. Each year, Lockheed Martin provides CBF an annual update on both of those cleanup projects. Lockheed Martin has also been a proud sponsor of CBF’s DC on the Half Shell event and most recently has been a strong supporter of our Student Leadership program. 

To learn more about Lockheed Martin visit www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/who-we-are/communities.html.

Mars, Inc.

For over 30 years, Mars has been a strong supporter and partner with CBF. Mars has a long-demonstrated commitment to our local and global environment and leads by example in its sustainability practices. Headquartered in the Bay watershed, the Mars Foundation and family are dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Bay. In 2020, Mars and the Mars Family, Frank and Susan Mars accepted the 2020 CBF Conservationist of the Year Award. Their bold commitment of $1 billion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, three pillar-plan to achieve sustainability in one generation, deforestation-free policies, and long-standing commitment to restore the Chesapeake Bay distinguish them as true leaders in the industry. This dedication to corporate responsibility focuses on supporting a healthy planet, empowering people, and nourishing well-being.

To learn more about Mars visit www.mars.com/made-by-mars/mars-wrigley/foundation.

MASN

The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), the television home of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, has once again teamed up with CBF to educate local residents about clean water through Bay-focused public service campaign—"Go to Bat for the Bay." The network launched a series of television and online ads to increase awareness about the Chesapeake Bay.

The ads feature an impressive line-up of All-Star talent from both the Orioles and the Nationals. The ads encourage viewers to "Go to Bat for the Bay" by supporting CBF and our efforts to reduce pollution, restore oysters, and teach our children about clean water. Check out four in the video series below. To learn more, visit www.masnsports.com/cbf.

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman has been a longtime supporter of CBF's environmental education efforts. Over the past decade, through generous support, the defense industry giant has made it possible for CBF to host the annual Maryland Teacher of the Year retreat at one of CBF's island centers.

Each year, the company sends a representative to experience the retreat first-hand. Cheryl Jaffe, education outreach liaison and principal systems engineer, had the pleasure of attending the 2010 retreat, which was held at Smith Island off Maryland's Eastern Shore. As Jaffe explains, "I was told many times during the retreat how deeply the teachers appreciate all that we (Northrop Grumman) do for them. It is clear how meaningful our sponsorship is for the teachers, both as a show of support, and as a catalyst for collaboration." In addition to supporting Maryland’s Teacher of the Year Program, Northrop Grumman has extended their partnership to include supporting our Clean the Bay Day and DC on the Half Shell signature fundraising events. In 2019, CBF and Northrop Grumman announced a new partnership to develop paradigm shifting technology to address these persistent oyster maintenance challenges.  Six teams of NGC engineers are competing on developing new tools and technology that could significantly advance CBF’s monitoring efforts in the future. For more information about Northrop Grumman visit www.northropgrumman.com/corporate-responsibility/corporate-citizenship/.

Sterling Planet

Since the program launched in 2010 more than $1.7 million has been donated to the fund. CBF has used the money to plant about 30,000 trees on more than 150 acres—mostly along streams—as well as assist with the remediation and replanting of a vacant lot on Riggs Avenue in Baltimore. Over their lifetime, the projects will sequester more than 30,000 tons of carbon dioxide, according to CBF estimates.

Sterling Planet's carbon offsets are unique because they go one step further by also including investments in activities such as tree plantings that improve air and water quality. WGL Energy and its clean energy partner, Sterling Planet, jointly invest a portion of the proceeds into the "Carbon Reduction" funds every time carbon offsets are purchased. The carbon reduction funds are central to the program's long-term benefits. The investments made by WGL Energy and Sterling Planet into the Carbon Reduction Fund are managed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), respectively, and go toward new projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also helping to improve air and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay region.

“Sterling Planet is proud to work with WGL Energy through the CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets Program to provide the resources needed to make long-term environmentally beneficial projects such as this tree planting a reality,” said Alden Hathaway, Senior Vice President of Sterling Planet. “These trees and similar past projects undertaken by CBF using the Carbon Reduction Fund help improve regional air and water quality by reducing polluted runoff and sequestering carbon dioxide.”

To learn more about Sterling Planet visit www.sterlingplanet.com.

WGL Energy

Since the program launched in 2010 more than $1.7 million has been donated to the fund. CBF has used the money to plant about 30,000 trees on more than 150 acres—mostly along streams—as well as assist with the remediation and replanting of a vacant lot on Riggs Avenue in Baltimore. Over their lifetime, the projects will sequester more than 30,000 tons of carbon dioxide, according to CBF estimates.

“At WGL Energy, we are always looking for innovative ways to bring environmentally-friendly energy solutions to our customers,” said Clint Zediak, Vice President of Sales at WGL Energy. “Our partnership with Sterling Planet and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation does just that. It allows our customers to reduce their own carbon footprint while simultaneously supporting the great efforts of CBF to help protect the Bay.” 

“At WGL Energy, we are always looking for innovative ways to bring environmentally-friendly energy solutions to our customers,” said Clint Zediak, Vice President of Sales at WGL Energy. “Our partnership with Sterling Planet and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation does just that. It allows our customers to reduce their own carbon footprint while simultaneously supporting the great efforts of CBF to help protect the Bay.” 

WGL CleanSteps® Carbon Offset product provides customers the ability to reduce their carbon footprint. All WGL standard natural gas supply contracts in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia include a baseline five percent match of carbon offsets to natural gas usage for residential customers and a three-and-a-half percent match for small commercial customers. All customers have the option of increasing the percentage of their natural gas usage that is matched with carbon offsets. A portion of all offset purchases supports the Carbon Reduction Fund, which is used to develop projects such as these tree plantings throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed region.

To learn more about WGL Energy visit www.wglenergy.com/residential/carbon-reduction.

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