In December 2019, IPC's Board passed a resolution outlining our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition to the resolution, each board committee articulates on their annual workplans how this commitment will be carried out in each committee that year. The Executive Director is responsible for enacting staffing policies that ensure adherence to the resolution on the operations side. To download a copy of the resolution, click here

IPC’s mission of restoring and maintaining the health of the Chesapeake watershed can only be advanced with broad engagement with the watershed’s diverse communities. Environmental burdens and benefits are disproportionately distributed across the Chesapeake watershed. Stakeholder conversations that dominate the Chesapeake restoration movement often sideline the perspectives of people of color and those of underrepresented cultural and economic
backgrounds. IPC recognizes that diversity and inclusion makes us stronger, smarter, and more effective and commits to being an agent of change.

Bringing about greater stakeholder diversity begins with the way we govern and manage our organization and measure our progress. As such, the Board of Trustees:

  • Strives for diversity and inclusion throughout our governance, leadership and staffing.
  • Commits to diversity and inclusion in our strategic goals, policies, initiatives, communications, and programs. 
  • Acknowledges that this work is urgent and that we will always be learning.

We believe that these core values are essential to restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed so that all may enjoy its benefits for generations to come.

*adopted by the Board of Directors on December 2, 2019