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All public communications and promotion including press releases, print publications, and signage must acknowledge the Chesapeake Bay Trust and include an the Trust’s logo: Click here to download.



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Capacity Building Resources

Organizational Capacity Building Resources:

    1. The Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT)- http://www.tccccat.com/; The CCAT is a leading tool for measuring a nonprofit’s organizational effectiveness in relation to four core capacities – leadership, adaptability, management, and technical – as well as organizational culture.
    2. Five Disciplines for Building Learning Organizations – http://www.solonline.org/?page=Abt_OrgLearning

Network Building Resources:

  1. Network Building Materials to accelerate and deepen systems level change – http://www.in4c.net/materials

Chesapeake Bay Funders Network Expanding the Circle:

  1. This report summarizes the Capacity Building Pilot Program. This program was started in 2015 by the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Included in this report are summaries of each project, lessons learned, and recommendation for both watershed organization and funders.


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Environmental Education Resources

Chesapeake Bay Program – Bay Backpack: for Bay-wide teacher resources, field studies, professional development opportunities, and additional funding opportunities.

An Educator’s Guide to the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)

MWEE Guide Tools:

Lessons and Action Project Resources:

School Grounds for Learning: for educators and students interested in effectively designing, enhancing, using, and sustaining environmental projects on school grounds.

Stormwater Management Lesson Plans for Grades 3-12: Green Infrastructure as Outdoor Environmental Laboratories (developed by University of Maryland; funded by EPA)

Field Provider Resources:

Field Studies/Trips: Find a program near you.

Environmental Resource Directory: for environmental education providers, experts in the field, and other resources.


MD Department of Natural Resources – Partnership for Children in Nature

Maryland State Department of Education: for Maryland’s science standards.

Maryland Association of Environmental & Outdoor Education (MAEOE): for resources and information on becoming a Maryland Green School.

North American Association of Environmental Education

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Living Shoreline Resources

About Living Shorelines:

Why a living shoreline? (Virginia Institute of Marine Science): http://ccrm.vims.edu/livingshorelines/

Advantages of Living Shorelines: http://dnr.maryland.gov/ccs/Documents/ls_Advantages_Limitations.pdf

Proceedings from the 2006 Living Shorelines Summit

Chesapeake Bay Program Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define Removal Rates for Shoreline Management Projects: http://www.chesapeakebay.net/documents/Shoreline_Management_Protocols_Final_Approved_07132015-WQGIT-approved.pdf


Tools and Resources for Living Shoreline Design and Implementation:

NOAA Living Shorelines Toolbox: https://shoreline.noaa.gov/policy/

Living Shoreline Planning and Implementation: http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/restoration/techniques/lsimplementation.html

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR): http://dnr.maryland.gov/ccs/Pages/livingshorelines.aspx

DNR’s Living Shoreline Guide for Waterfront Property Owners: dnr2.maryland.gov/ccs/Documents/ls/LivingShorelines.pdf

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Living Shorelines for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: http://www.cbf.org/document-library/cbf-publications-brochures-articles/Living_Shorelines011a.pdf

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Permitting Steps: http://mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/WetlandsandWaterways/Pages/LivingShorelines.aspx

Virginia Center for Coastal Resources Management Resources: http://ccrm.vims.edu/index.html

Virginia Center for Coastal Resources Management Resources Coastal Management Decision Tool: http://ccrm.vims.edu/education/workshops_events/april2010/Decision%20Trees%20Descriptions%20and%20Explanations-3May2010.pdf

Virginia Center for Coastal Resources Management Resources Design and Construction: http://ccrm.vims.edu/livingshorelines/design_options/

Virginia Center for Coastal Resources Management Permitting Steps: http://ccrm.vims.edu/livingshorelines/permits_ls.html

Living Shorelines Policy and Restoration in North Carolina: https://www.nccoast.org/protect-the-coast/restore/living-shorelines/


Project Examples:

Virginia Center for Coastal Resources Management Resources Living Shoreline Photo Gallery: http://ccrm.vims.edu/livingshorelines/photo_gallery/index.html

Living Shorelines at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum: http://www.jefpat.org/livingshorelines.html

Recent CBT-funded Living Shoreline Projects: UNDER DEVELOPMENT – check back soon!

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Outreach and Behavior Change Resources

In order to help you plan your behavior change project and ensure it is based on best practices you are encouraged to access the Outreach resources we have identified below:

Behavior Change Case Study Database 
The Chesapeake Outreach Campaign database is an open collection of outreach campaigns focused on changing behaviors or practices of target audiences that reduce their impact on the local environment. This site exists to assist anyone interested in helping others do their part by sharing lessons learned, best practices, transferable materials, techniques and ideas that ensure your effort to change behavior is as successful as possible. Whether you are a concerned resident, a behavior change specialist, or a practitioner looking to increase the adoption of environmentally responsible behaviors there is something for you in this resource.

Rapid Assessment for Outreach Programs Fostering Environmentally Responsible Behaviors
This document is designed to assist organizations with assessing whether elements of their environmental behavior change programs are being used to their full potential. Program elements are summarized into one-page assessments, including questions about the use of a particular program element, based on what research shows is most effective. These questions serve to prompt the assessor in examining how a program is currently utilizing the element and ways use of the element could be improved.

Strategies for Motivating Watershed Stewardship: A Guide to Research-Based Practices
Despite the fact that Chesapeake Bay Watershed residents are generally concerned about the Bay’s health, they continue to behave in ways harmful to the Bay and its local waters (McClafferty, 2001; Raabe. 2011). This document describes a variety of strategies that environmental outreach programs can utilize to foster environmentally responsible behaviors (ERB). In particular, Chesapeake Bay Watershed organizations can use this document to help inform the design and implementation of outreach programs.

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General Social Marketing Resources

McKenzie-Mohr, D., Lee, N., Schultz, W., & Kotler, P. (2011). Social marketing for the environment: What works. Sage. Link on Amazon: http://amzn.com/1412991293

Gardner, G. T. & Stern, P.C. (2002). Environmental problems and human behavior (2nd Edition). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Cialdini, Robert. (2007). Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Harper.

Andreasen, Alan (1995). Marketing Social Change: Changing Behavior to Promote Health, Social Development, and the Environment. Josey Bass.

CBSM Case Study Webinars: www.webinars.cullbridge.com

Tools of Change website: www.toolsofchange.com

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Restoration Resources


Native plants (type in the plant name and look for natives): http://www.nativeplantcenter.net/ 

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (type in the plant name and look for natives): http://www.wildflower.org/plants-main 

USDA (download complete plant fact sheet/checklist and look for plant): http://plants.usda.gov

USFWS Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping Chesapeake Bay Watershed (look for plant in the plant information pages by the type such as herbaceous plants, shrubs, etc.): http://www.nativeplantcenter.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/chesapeakenatives.pdf



Pollinator Partnership Ecoregional planting guides; these two should cover most of the bay watershed:


Mapping and Site Selection

Water Resources Registry (WRR) – An interactive mapping for grantees to build their own site maps for project submission, for Trust staff to research sites, and for Trust staff and partners to share site visits and site information, etc. The latest mapping layers for MD are available and easily added, viewed, used to select restoration or protection, and exported to pdf.


MD iMAP (this data is in the WRR) – Maryland’s mapping and GIS data portal



Sea Level Rise Mapping tools

Research a site to include things such as inundation at a level such as the 1 foot level and additional aspects such as social vulnerability, SAV, past shoreline, land use, etc.)


MD Trust Fund Project Sites


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Additional Funding Sources


The Chesapeake Bay Trust encourages our grantees to consider project signage as part of their proposal. Signage functions to increase awareness, educate the public, foster appreciation and long term sustainability, and demonstrates commitment to communicating the purpose and value of water quality related projects (ex. conservation landscaping).

Chesapeake Bay Trust Interpretive Signage Information & Examples

These links can provide direction and guidance when creating project signage:

DogTooth Design


Water Words That Work, LLC