Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum earns Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has been recognized for environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices as a Maryland Green Registry 2019 Leadership Award recipient. The Registry honored its top performers at its Annual Membership and Awards Event on May 20 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore.

The Maryland Green Registry’s leadership awards recognize organizations that have shown a strong commitment to the implementation of sustainable practices; the demonstration of measurable results; and the continual improvement of environmental performance.

CBMM recently announced an initiative that will work toward eliminating single-use plastics at its Miles River campus in St. Michaels, Md. The initiative is being implemented in collaboration with Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Ct., with a goal to provide a benchmark for other maritime museums and their communities to replicate.

CBMM’s other sustainability achievements include efforts supporting energy efficiency; clean marina and boating practices; and the addition of rain gardens, swales, and a living shoreline to reduce stormwater runoff into the Miles River and Chesapeake Bay, while providing habitat for wildlife.

The Registry is a voluntary program that promotes and recognizes environmentally sustainable practices in organizations of all types and sizes statewide. Visit the Maryland Green Registry website for tips and resources designed to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.

“Maryland is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Green Registry Program by honoring several outstanding leaders in environmental sustainability, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum,” said Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. “This year’s winners join the more than 550 other members who have committed to environmental and energy stewardship and along the way saved more than $100 million annually.”

“CBMM recognizes the efforts of our staff to encourage sustainability and help protect the Chesapeake Bay’s environment,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We are honored to be recognized for our work and leadership in this ongoing effort.”

Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award winners represent a variety of facility types and sizes, but all have several key factors in common that contribute to their success: an organization-wide commitment to environmental performance; a green team that meets on a regular basis; and annual environmental goals and measurement of results. Past winners can be viewed on the Registry website at

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.

From left: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Director of Education and Sustainability Committee Co-Chair Jill Ferris, Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles, and CBMM Volunteer & Education Programs Manager and Sustainability Committee Co-Chair Allison Speight at the May 20 Maryland Green Registry Annual Membership and Awards Event in Baltimore