Mary Tod Winchester joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in 1971. CBF’s environmental education, restoration, and advocacy programs are internationally recognized for their vision, innovation, and impact. To help accomplish CBF’s goals and serving as Vice President for Administration/Operations, Mary Tod helped guide CBF to think, act and build green starting with CBF’s first composting toilet in 1975.
CBF’s headquarters, Philip Merrill Environmental Center, an international green building model, was Mary Tod’s dream 19 years ago. She was responsible for hiring the team to design and build the Merrill Center, to “practice what we preach” and construct the greenest commercial building possible. Unbelievably, Mary Tod has had a twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity of hiring another dream team to design and build another bar-raising sustainable building. This time reaching much higher for the International Living Future Institute’s, Living Building Challenge full certification with the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is beginning to be recognized throughout the world as a leader in setting an example for building greener and making a difference. A dream come true.