CHRIS GORRI/CBF STAFF
A Virginia native, Emmy Nicklin has
dedicated nearly seven years to CBF.
She currently serves as the organization’s
Director of Digital Communications.
“My hope is that I have, in some way, created a little
passion in others.” —Mary Tod Winchester, CBF Vice President for Administration
still owns our boatyard that we started back in 1865. Being
around the Bay’s waters is in my blood.”
Of all the things she’s accomplished, Winchester is most proud
of helping to create the Merrill and Brock Environmental
Centers. “We were pioneers. [The Merrill Center] was the
first building that addressed green building holistically, and it
worked.” In 2000, the Merrill Center was also the first building
in the world to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s
Platinum rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED). “My hope, which has been realized a hundred
thousand times over, is if every single person who comes
through here can pick up one idea that they can incorporate
in their lives...that’s going to make a difference.”
The Brock Center in Virginia Beach went even further.
Producing 83 percent more energy than it uses, Brock is the
first commercial building in the continental U.S. permitted to
capture and treat rainfall for use as drinking water. In 2016, it
achieved Living Building Challenge certification, the world’s
most rigorous standard for green building. And Winchester
was integral in its creation and success. “I can talk about
these buildings for hours,” she says with a glint in her eye.
“We worked hard to build passion into the Merrill and Brock
Centers...We all believed and still believe that what we’re
doing is making a huge difference. It’s an inner part of our
souls, and you can see it in every staff member here. We’re all
contributing to making CBF a pretty amazing leader.”
IN HER OWN WORDS...
CBF has been a huge and important part of my life for 46
years. As a member of a sixth-generation West River boat-
building family, the Bay is in my blood. So, working to save
the Bay has been an amazing dream come true.
When I think about my decision to move to new adventures
in my life what helped me make that decision is seeing
and feeling the passion in the next generation at CBF. It’s
exhilarating and encouraging.
The Bay is certainly healthier than 50 years ago when CBF
began. But, we still have an uphill climb. I am very, very
hopeful because we know the problems and the challenges,
My hope is that I have, in some way, created a little passion in
others. A passion that will encourage dreaming of what can
be, always pushing the bar even higher, and inspiring all to
work together toward making a huge difference for our Bay.
I’ll miss it. I’ll miss it terribly, but that’s not the point. It’s not
like I’m going to retire and go home and then wonder what
I’m going to do. I can’t sit still.
CBF’s Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia,
pushes the green building bar ever higher, producing 83 percent
more energy than it uses.