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Sustainability Spotlights

NEW REPORT: Cincinnati’s 2021 Climate Equity Indicators

Green Umbrella partnered with the University of Cincinnati, Groundwork Ohio River Valley, and the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability on an analysis of neighborhood-level demographic, environmental, health outcome, economic, and planning indicators. This analysis highlights key climate risks, and the geographic, social, and economic factors that should be considered in assessing vulnerability. The Climate Equity Indicators report will be a foundational data set

for future Green Cincinnati Plan recommendations, and will help the City and community partners develop strategies to build a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient future. Read the report here!

Policies Supporting Innovative Regional Supply Chains Deliver

Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) and Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council (GCRFPC) Farm to School partners have been able to mitigate recent fresh produce supply chain gaps and keep students fed. In January 2019, the CPS Board adopted the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), which played an instrumental role in supporting the regional food system - especially during the pandemic. CPS has also benefited from its investment in the regional food system, utilizing the flexibility and reliability of local food to continue serving the nutritional needs of families during a period of supply chain shortages. Read more about the

successful partnership and how you can take action to support resilient regional food systems on the GCRFPC blog.

Our Final Greenspace Gem:
Kirby Nature Preserve

Protected by Western Wildlife Corridor, Kirby Nature Preserve is over 50 acres of hilly woodlands, prairie and riparian corridors. Through many hours of work, volunteers have cleared invasive plants and planted native wildflowers. In addition to being a demonstration of land restoration, the property has an 1,800 sf nature center, education facility and event space.

Today's posting concludes Green Umbrella's series on outstanding protected natural areas in our region. The forty "Greenspace Gems" we've featured are examples of places that merit preservation because of their outstanding scenic value, biological diversity, scientific importance or historic interest. Our region has numerous irreplaceable natural treasures not included here - and alarmingly, many of them lack protection.

A wide range of protectors defend these “Gems,” through ownership and conservation easements — nonprofit local and national conservancies, land trusts, nature centers, and foundations; state, county, city, and township park organizations; state departments of natural resources; county conservation districts; and even a federal government agency, a cemetery, a university, a historical society, and a neighborhood association. Thousands of volunteers help maintain and restore these places. Importantly, the continuing protection of our natural treasures is only possible with the support of our residents. Your contributions, volunteer efforts, and votes matter. 

Featured Events                                                    View our full events calendar

Multiple dates: Maple Syrup Making & Guided Sap Collecting Cincinnati Nature Center

Jan 19: Planning for Your Pollinator Garden 7:00-8:00 pm, Lloyd Library & Museum

Jan 20:

Margaret Fuller Lecture Series 2:00 pm, Community Shares  

Adventure Like a Champ 6:30 pm, Adventure Crew

Jan 21: 2022 Frosty Fridays Hike Series 1:00-2:30 pm, Cincinnati Parks

Jan 22: 

Winter Hikes at Great Parks 10:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Farmyard Family Storytime 1:00-2:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Jan 23:

Planning Spring Native Gardens (Online) 2:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Season Extension Skillshare Workshop 2:00-5:00 pm, Agraria

"Kiss the Ground" Film Screening & Discussion 6:00-7:15 pm, Faith Communities Go Green (A Green Umbrella Impact Team)

Jan 24: Rights of Nature Presentation 5:00 pm, UC Sustainability

Jan 26:

Leadership Awards Celebration for Indiana, Michigan & Ohio 4:30-6:00 pm, USGBC

Bird Language Walk & Sit Spot 5:00-6:30 pm, Agraria

Maple Sugaring Basics (Online) 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Jan 27: Annual Meeting 5:30-7:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

Jan 28: 2022 Frosty Fridays Hike Series 1:00-2:30 pm, Cincinnati Parks

Jan 29: Winter Hikes at Great Parks 10:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Jan 31: Reversing Global Warming 7:00-9:00 pm, Pachamama Alliance of the Cincinnati Area (PACA)

Feb 1: Solar Now - Virtual Info Sessions 7:00 pm, Village of Silverton

Professional Opportunities

Green Umbrella is accepting speaker and panel discussion proposals (due 1/31), award nominations (due 2/28) and art submissions (due 3/31) for the 2022 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit, which will be held on June 16.

City of Cincinnati is asking you to take a moment to provide input on priorities for the City's Bicycle Transportation Plan, starting with Downtown & Over-The-Rhine (due 1/31).

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is accepting nominations for the Love Thy 'Nati Awards, to recognize demonstrated environmental stewardship in our communities (due 2/1).

Ohio EPA is offering 2022 Recycling & Litter Prevention Grants to fund river sweeps, clean-ups, zero waste events, education, equipment and even trails utilizing scrap tires (due 2/4).

Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub is seeking startups advancing equity in Cincinnati for their 8-week hybrid-format #ElevateEquity accelerator program this Spring (due 2/8).

Imago is accepting submissions to fulfill their call for artistssearching for artists to add their pieces to Imago’s trails through the Art in Nature program (due 2/11).

OEFFA is hosting their 43rd annual conference (2/12 virtual; 2/17-2/19 in person) with four days of learning, sharing, and networking around local food and sustainable agriculture. They are also offering Beginning Farmer Pandemic Relief Microgrants of $500 to $5,000 in direct financial assistance to beginning farmers in Ohio.

USGBC is seeking proposals for their 2022 USGBC Live green building series (due 2/7). They are also accepting applications for the 2022 LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program (due 2/25).

Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offering Land Trust Grants to build land trust capacity and fund restoration projects (due 3/1).

Volunteer Opportunities

Horticulture Helper - Cincinnati Parks

Volunteer Opportunities - Friends of the Little Miami State Park

Volunteer Opportunities - Mill Creek Alliance

Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration Volunteers - Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition

Clark Montessori Sustainability Mentors - CPS Outside

Job Opportunities

Development Coordinator, Climate Equity Intern - Green Umbrella

Executive Director - Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub

Garden Manager - Loveland Learning Garden

Nursery Manager - Cincinnati Permaculture Institute

Americorps Environmental Educator - Thomas More University Biology Station

Education Coordinator (Field Trips), Front Desk First Impression Maker, Grants & Events Manager, Camp Counselor - Gorman Heritage Farm

Youth Leader Assistant, Summer Youth Leader - Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Southwest Ohio Pollution Prevention Internships - Hamilton County R3Source

Development Manager - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
Office Manager - Cardinal Land Conservancy

Vice President of Operations, Part-time Director of Marketing & DevelopmentManager of Communications - OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Land Steward - Oxbow Inc.

Summer Camp Instructors, Part-time Zoo Troop Instructor - Cincinnati Zoo

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