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Thanks for tuning into Green Umbrella’s inaugural Climate Policy newsletter! Our Climate Policy program works with local governments and their communities to help kickstart and accelerate their climate planning and implementation processes.

Since launching one year ago, we’ve engaged 28 unique jurisdictions in partnerships and events, over 100 individual local government staff, and dozens of community partners. We’ve made some exciting programmatic strides including laying the groundwork to launch a Regional Climate Collaborative for our 10-county region, collaborating with Groundwork Ohio River Valley to create an equitable community engagement program for local governments, supporting the development of the 2021 Cincinnati Climate Equity Indicators report, hosting educational webinars with groups like the Center for Local Government, and piloting an elected official engagement series on climate for the Cincinnati elections.

This first newsletter features some 2021 climate action highlights. Moving forward our newsletter and blog will be available for local governments and their communities to learn about climate planning and implementation resources, share resilience successes, and plug in on regional events. Please subscribe to continue receiving these quarterly updates.

Join us on February 16th from 12:00-12:30 pm for our next event, Regional Strategies for Equitable Climate Action in Greater Cincinnati, co-hosted with the Institute for Sustainable Communities. At the event we will announce the next steps for the Regional Climate Collaborative and share how similar collaboratives across the country have approached climate action.

Stay tuned and reach out if you want to get involved. Here's to making Greater Cincinnati more sustainable, equitable and resilient!

Savannah Sullivan, Climate Policy Lead


Job Opportunity

Climate Equity Intern @ Green Umbrella

Spring 2022, applications due February 11

Under the Green Umbrella, Sustainability Means Equity - Krystal-Rose Agu, Institute for Sustainable Communities

Green Umbrella recently led regional participation in a pilot program - Regional Collaboration for Equitable Climate Solutions - led by the Institute for Sustainable Communities, exploring how to center equity in the next generation of climate collaboratives. ISC provides insights on this work and upcoming collaboration with Greater Cincinnati to launch a regional climate collaborative.

Engaging Historically Underserved Communities in Local Government Climate Planning Sophie Revis & Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson, Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Groundwork Ohio River Valley, Green Umbrella, the City of Cincinnati's Office of Environment and Sustainability, and the University of Cincinnati collaborated to develop an evaluate an equitable community engagement model for local government climate planning processes. The team worked with Lower Price Hill, Bond Hill and Roselawn in 2021 and is gearing up for expanding in 2022!

World Town Planning Day - Focusing on Equity and Sustainability in Bond Hill & Roselawn - Andy Meyer, OKI Regional Council of Governments

The American Planning Association Cincinnati Chapter’s annual World Town Planning Day Workshop helped generate ideas and solutions for the Bond Hill + Roselawn Climate Advisory Group with Green Umbrella and Groundwork Ohio River Valley. Professional and student planners from across the Tri-state participated in making the event a success.

Building a Healthier Environment Through Climate Policy: 2021 Review - Kylie Johnson, Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund

Securing a healthier environment for all Ohioans is complex and challenging work. This work takes all of us, using every tool in our toolbox and making the most of opportunities at every level of government. This year, OEC worked to secure environmental policy wins on Capitol Hill, at the Ohio Statehouse, and in city halls across the Buckeye State. OEC provides a brief update on some of those policy wins for you here.

2021 GU Climate Policy Quick Highlights - Savannah Sullivan, Green Umbrella

A brief rundown of Green Umbrella Climate Policy events (including recordings), media features and fun announcements from 2021.

Upcoming Events

Join Green Umbrella and the Institute for Sustainable Communities to learn about exciting approaches for equitable regional climate action in Greater Cincinnati. ISC will share how "Regional Climate Collaboratives" have helped communities across the country become more resilient as they prepare for climate change. Learn more and register here.

Registration is now open for the 2022 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit, which will be an in-person / hybrid event on Thursday, June 16th exploring Emergent Strategies for an Equitable, Climate Prepared Region.

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities and our call for speakers and sessions (due 1/31), award nominations (due 2/28), art submissions (due 3/31) and field trips at midwestsustainabilitysummit.org!

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