The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the only independent organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Since our founding 40 years ago, our goal has been to improve water quality by reducing pollution. Our motto, Save the Bay, has been the battle cry for that goal. From the landmark EPA study of the Chesapeake Bay in the 1970s to Virginias comparable legislative commitment in 2005, CBF has been saving the Bay. Our vision is that the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers, broadly recognized as a national treasure, will be highly productive and in good health as measured by water clarity, lack of toxic contaminants, and abundance of natural filters in the water and on the land. Read our strategic plan to learn how we are working towards making that vision a reality.
The Philip Merrill Environmental Center houses the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) headquarters. In design, construction, and operation, the building reflects our mission to protect and restore the Bay.
The center, which opened in 2001, is one of the world's most energy-efficient buildings, incorporating natural elements into a fully functional workplace which has minimal impact on its Bay- and creek-front surroundings. The first building to receive the U.S. Green Building Council's Platinum rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the center and its sophisticated systems have won international acclaim as a model for energy efficiency, high performance, and water conservation. All materials are made of recycled products or created through processes that don't damage the environment. It is an interactive model that educates and inspires people, including hundreds of businesses, organizations, and government agencies. It is extremely cost effective and operates in harmony with the land, natural resources, and the Chesapeake Bay, proving that "green" buildings work. Our facility also proves that it isn't necessary to lose comfort or beauty to build responsibly.