Earlier this week, M&T Bank presented a $10,000 donation to the Chesapeake Bay Trust to fund environmental education and Chesapeake Bay restoration projects throughout Maryland. At a check presentation at the Back Creek Nature Park, leadership from M&T Bank met with the Chesapeake Bay Trust and visited the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s “Chesapeake Trades” educational program for eighth graders. The Chesapeake Bay Trust, a nonprofit grant making organization founded in 1985, has awarded close to $40 million in grants to fund environmental education, Chesapeake Bay restoration and community outreach throughout Maryland and the broader Chesapeake Bay watershed region.
“M&T Bank has been an exceptional partner of the Chesapeake Bay Trust as we work to educate and engage Marylanders in projects and programs designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay,” said Allen Hance, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. “We sincerely thank M&T Bank for their continued support and steadfast commitment to community stewardship and environmental education.”
In 2010, the Trust awarded more than 350 grants totaling $4.2 million. These grants touched every county in Maryland and Baltimore City and engaged more than 150,000 Marylanders, including almost 98,000 Maryland students last year alone. One such program the Trust supports is “Chesapeake Trades,” an environmental education initiative administered by the Annapolis Maritime Museum that teaches Maryland students about stormwater run-off and water quality, while also providing hands-on community service projects that remove invasive plant species. During today’s event, more than 90 eighth graders participated in these all-day activities to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and ways they can help protect it.
“M&T Bank is deeply committed to educating Maryland students about the environment and ways they can restore our great Chesapeake Bay,” said Nicholas Lambrow, president of the Chesapeake Region for M&T Bank. “Through our partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, we are able to maximize our contribution dollars by supporting programs that teach our youth about environmental stewardship through awareness and action while involving them directly in the restoration process.”