“Our vision, quite simply, was to create one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the world,” says Paul Willey,
CBF Director of Fleets and Facilities, of the new Brock
Environmental Center. A few months after opening, it is clear that
he and his team have done just that.
The Brock Environmental Center is the first commercial facility
in the United States permitted to capture and treat rainwater
for drinking. Additionally, many of the construction materials
were recycled or reclaimed. Rooftop solar panels and wind turbines generate all of the building’s power needs, and it is a
model zero-runoff site, meaning no polluted runoff will run into
adjacent rivers and creeks.
The Brock Environmental Center is also a hub for environmental
education. Operating from the center’s waterfront pier, CBF’s
“floating classroom,” the Jenny S, explores the Lynnhaven River
and the Bay, giving students hands-on experiences in watershed
science and stewardship. In the center’s first year, we expect to
serve 3,500 students and teachers.
Though the building is already buzzing with activity, your support
is still vitally needed to cover final construction costs and to help
jump start the center’s education, restoration, and
community outreach programs.
The Cabell Foundation, a highly respected foundation based
in Richmond, is so inspired by the Brock Environmental Center
that they have awarded CBF one of their prestigious challenge
grants. They will match fifty percent of every dollar donated.
To make a contribution to the Brock Environmental Center and
participate in the Cabell Foundation match, please visit
cbf.org/supportbrock or call Marie Morisi at 443/482-2189.
Environmental Center and
Your Gift Will Go Even Further
he program is unique
because of its ambition,” says
Charles Buki, founder of czb, an
urban planning firm based in
Alexandria. “One percent is
a significant commitment.”
Buki contributes to CBF
through 1% for the Planet, a non-profit
organization that encourages businesses to
give 1% of sales to environmental causes.
“It asks businesses to connect what they do
to the world around them,” Buki says.
Since 2002, 1% for the Planet has
raised more than $115 million
for environmental causes.
Founded by Patagonia’s Yvon
Chouinard and Craig
Matthews of Blue Ribbon
resources that kept them
“Investing in the well-being of our planet makes
good business sense,” Chouinard said in an
Not only does 1% for the Planet support
conservation efforts, but some business
owners have found that their participation
bolsters sales. From King Arthur Flour, to
the local shoe store Charm City Run, to
Outdoor Magazine, customers are beginning
to recognize the iconic blue and white logo
in shop windows, on websites and printed
When asked why he chose CBF out of more
than 3,000 participating environmental
organizations, Buki says, “CBF stands out
because it is crisp in its mission, robust in
its expertise, and has a proven ability to get
He continues, “My 1% may not be huge,
but I’m happy to do it.”
uFor more information on supporting CBF
through 1% for the Planet visit cbf.org/1percent.
CHRIS GORRI/CBF STAFF
A school group gathers under the Brock Environmental Center’s
When 1% Adds
education pavillion before exploring the surrounding wetlands.
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