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Courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

Courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

Businesses for the Bay Mission Statement

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Businesses for the Bay (B4B) Membership Association encourages businesses within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to take voluntary and measurable actions to support protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and help the public understand the valuable role of the business community in sustaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.

Why Businesses for the Bay?

Businesses throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed can play a critical role in protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, rivers, and streams.

Businesses for the Bay is an Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay membership association designed by businesses for businesses. It provides businesses with a forum where they can make their voices heard, share best practices, facilitate environmental stewardship volunteer opportunities for employees, save money, reach social and sustainability goals, and promote environmental efforts that are important to them, their customers, and their communities.

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. 17.5 million people live in the watershed and it filters over 75% of the drinking water for people in the watershed. It’s where we work, live, and play. Its health is inextricably linked to our own. However, our impact on the Chesapeake Bay watershed has been tremendous. The Bay and its rivers and streams are dangerously out of balance and the long term health of the Chesapeake Bay is in question. Improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries is a top priority for everyone in the Watershed. Businesses for the Bay provides the Chesapeake business community with a unique opportunity to take recognized action.

Ways to Join Businesses for the Bay

Be a Member! Any size business in the Chesapeake Bay watershed may be a Businesses for the Bay Member

Be a SponsorBusinesses for the Bay Sponsors monetarily support our business membership association

Be a Networking Partner! Our governmental and non-profit Networking Partners participate in Businesses for the Bay events, network with businesses and each other, and help us raise awareness about this membership association and the Chesapeake Bay watershed



Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has more than 45 years of experience leading, supporting, and inspiring local action to restore and protect the lands, rivers, and streams of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. With staff in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., the Alliance focuses on local streams and rivers, that ultimately determine the health of the Bay. The Alliance is a neutral voice, building partnerships with diverse groups. It advocates for a healthy environment, but the Alliance does not litigate or lobby.

Click here to see B4B Frequently Asked Questions >>

Click here to see our B4B Steering Committee >>

Click here to download the Businesses for the Bay flyer >>

Click here to listen to our informational webinar about Businesses for the Bay  and the Chesapeake Bay Program>>

Click here to read and download the 2016 Businesses for the Bay Annual Report and learn about the positive impact businesses have in Chesapeake restoration and protection!>>

Reasons to Join

Be part of a network of regional, environmentally-conscious business leaders
Take voluntary and measurable actions to help protect the Chesapeake Bay and local rivers and streams
Have a measured impact on clean water and ecosystems
Share lessons learned, success stories, and best practices
Associate with the trusted Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Enhance business social responsibility
Connect with local NGOs & watershed groups
Participate in professional development opportunities
Build recognition
Engage employees
Accomplish your business’ environmental sustainability and social goals
Research shows that corporate responsibility, including environmental sustainability, has become a crucial part of business success