Save the Date: The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will hold the 18th annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV on November 3-5, 2023. This watershed-wide event reaches over 400 restoration and conservation practitioners annually to inspire and empower local action toward clean water.

“Private Investment in Sustainable Partnerships to Achieve Clean Water Goals”

Consumer demand and preference help drive private sector priorities and investments. An increasing number of consumers seek to lead an ethical and sustainable lifestyle reflected in the products they consume and economies they support. As a result, an increasing number of partnerships between the private and the non-profit, governmental, academic, and other sectors have formed to respond to consumer demands around sustainability, conservation, and local community investment. In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, we see these partnerships act by adopting and promoting clean water and climate-resilient best practices, greening supply chains, investing in green economies in marginalized communities, reducing carbon footprints, and more.

This year’s Forum will highlight examples of successful, sustainable, and equitable examples of such partnerships. We are particularly interested in partnerships where there is an investment of corporate resources, private dollars, and/or impactful business policy changes. We are further interested in how these partnerships reckon with and address historic injustices and are proactively working with under-resourced stakeholders.

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