Chesapeake Bay Environmental Finance Symposium

June 5, 2017


The Bay state governors and the mayor of the District of Columbia 

have called for the convening of a first of its kind

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Finance Symposium

April 25-26, 2016

University of Maryland

College Park, MD


One of the most significant environmental challenges facing our region is the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. While restoration deadlines are approaching, the region continues to struggle with establishing achievable pollution reduction plans and the sustainable financing strategies necessary to support their implementation. Responding to this financing challenge, the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council - which includes the governors of the Bay states and the mayor of Washington, DC - charged the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland with convening the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Financing Symposium

This unique event held April 25-26 at the University of Maryland's College Park campus explored innovative strategies to finance Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. Over the course of two days, financial leaders, environmental experts and elected officials participated in a highly engaged, invitation-only work sessions designed to inform the development of a firm restoration finance action plan to be sent to the governors of the Bay states and to the mayor of Washington, DC. 

The Symposium was designed to identify specific financing options, opportunities, and resources that can accelerate Chesapeake Bay restoration by creating effective and scalable connections to the private sector and the marketplace.  The working groups at this event informed a set of recommendations to the Executive Council that will help guide restoration financing into the future.

The recommendations and final report can be found here.



Environmental Protection Agency

Speakers (In speaking order)

Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland

Ben Grumbles
Secretary, Maryland Department
of the Environment

John Quigley 
Secretary, Pennsylvania Department
of the Environment


Angela Navarro
Deputy Secretary, Virginia Department of Natural Resources


Penelope Gross
Local Government Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council, Virginia Delegation


David Bulova
Virginia House of Delegates



Eric Letsinger
Founder, Quantified Ventures 


Paul Carroll
Director of Civic Investment, 
Newport, RI

Perry Raso
Owner, Matanuck Oyster Bar


Jag Khuman
Director, Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration


Nick Dilks
Managing Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners


Jeremy Sokulsky
CEO, Environmental Incentives


 Robert Orr
Dean, UMD School of Public Policy
 If you have any questions about this event, please contact:
Jenny Beard
Communications Manager