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Sustainability Spotlights

Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit Announces Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to announce this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Katharine Wilkinson! Dr. Wilkinson is a bestselling author, strategist, and teacher. Her books include the anthology All We Can Save, The Drawdown Review, Drawdown, and Between God & Green. She leads The All We Can Save Project and co-hosts the podcast A Matter of Degrees. Her TED Talk on climate and gender equality has nearly 2 million views, and she has been featured by Time magazine as one of 15 women leading the fight against climate change

Early registration for attendees & exhibitors is open now.

We are accepting proposals to participate in the Summit through January 31. You can submit as a speaker at a panel discussion, short talk, or workshopshare a poem or performance; or have a work of visual art displayed at the Summit.

Know someone who has made a difference in the sustainability of our region? Nominate an individual, business, organization, or community for a Summit Award! Nominations are due by January 31.

Growing the Green Umbrella Team

Our team at Green Umbrella is looking for an Operations and CRM AssociateVisual Communications Associate, and Event Production Intern.

At Green Umbrella, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. Lived experience is equally important as educational experience. For those whose lived experience aligns with Green Umbrella’s work, please apply. 

Congratulations to Green Umbrella Former Board President 

We want to congratulate our former Board President, Andy Holzhauser, for being selected as a Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Honoree by the 2023 Pillar Award for Community Service

Andy has helped Green Umbrella better serve its community members across Greater Cincinnati in local food security, carbon emission reduction, equitable access to green spaces, and active transportation infrastructure.

Thank you, Andy, for your instrumental years of hard work and dedication to the mission of Green Umbrella.

Faith Communities Go Green Hosts Virtual Workshop on Installing Solar

Faith Communities Go Green invites you to join them virtually for a free workshop from 7:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 31 to discuss implementing solar into your house of worship. 

This is an opportunity to learn how three individuals successfully installed solar, including: how much it cost & how to finance it; when to expect to see the return on investment, as well as estimated reduction of CO2 emissions; and how they achieved agreement & support from members & congregation leaders.

Register for the event here.

Sustainability in the Headlines

Energy Group Close to 2025 Target, Movers & Makers

Food Council Tapped for National Panel, Movers & Makers

Cincy 2030 District Releases Report of Emissions Reductions in Buildings, Highland County Press

Food Policy Council Selected to Participate in Nationwide Network, Highland County Press

Holiday Feasts Don’t Have to Mean Leftovers in Landfills. Ways to Reduce Food Waste, WVXU

OKI Tool for Wetlands Mitigation Finds Plenty of Uses, Including in Bat Research, WVXU

OKI Prepares to Build Out an EV Charging Network in Greater Cincinnati, WVXU

Great Miami River Trail Is Nearly Complete Thanks to ARPA Funds, WVXU

OH Lawmakers May Require Fracking Under State Land, Label Natural Gas ‘Green', The Enquirer

California Woods Inducted Into the Old-Growth Forest Network, City of Cincinnati

Adventure Crew Connects Teens With Nature Through Recreation, Cincinnati Business Courier 

Featured Events                                                    View our full events calendar

January 6: Full Moon Walk 7:30-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

January 7: 

Winter Sunrise Hike, Coffee, And Treats 7:00-8:30 am, Cincinnati Nature Center

2023 Winter Hike Series 10:00 am, Cincinnati Parks

Starting the Hiking Habit 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

January 8: How Do Birds Survive Winter? 2:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center 

January 10: Trust Your Nature 7:30-9:00 pm, Oxbow Inc.

January 14:

Food, Farm, and Fire Camp Jan 14 through 15, Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice 

2023 Winter Hike Series 10:00 am, Cincinnati Parks

Walking Walnut Woods Outdoor Tour 10:00-11:30 am, Lloyd Library

Soil, Seed, & Soul 3:00-4:30 pm, Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice

January 15:

Intro to Sustainable Home Food Production 1:00-3:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

January 17: Civic Garden Center Book Club 11:00 am, Civic Garden Center

January 18: 

Modernizing Our Buildings: Green for Green 8:00-10:00 am, Melink

Book Talk: Braiding Sweet Grass 5:30-7:00 pm, Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice

Professional Development Opportunities

You're invited to participate in the 10th Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit on May 12! We are currently seeking proposals for panel discussions, interactive workshops, five-minute short talks, and visual & performance art submissions that open our minds and hearts that address the Summit's theme of "Imagine What's Possible" across a variety of climate-related issue areas. Submissions close January 31.

The Cincinnati Nature Center is offering a self-paced online course, The Ripple Effect, that discusses how using your voice can create positive change for people and nature. Preregistration is required by January 18.

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is providing $200M in assistance to producers for obtaining or renewing a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 and 2023. The application deadline is January 31, 2023.

The Civic Garden Center is hosting a 11 week Community Garden Development Training Wednesday evenings (6:00-8:00pm) from January through April and are free to anyone interested. 

Cincinnati Permaculture Institute is offering an accelerated-format Permaculture Design Course over five weekends (from 2/18 to 3/19). Discounted early registration is open through 1/31.

The 2023 OEFFA Conference will take place February 16-18, with more than 50 sustainable food and farming workshops, an exhibitor hall, and networking.

The Indiana Sustainability & Resilience Conference will take place on February 17 and feature speakers, panels, exhibits, trainings, and networking opportunities for climate and resilience advocates.

Miami University & the Cincinnati Zoo are accepting applications through February 28 for their 2023 Advanced Inquiry master's degree program (begins May 2023). 

Volunteer Opportunities

MLK Day of Service - Cincinnati Parks

2023 Event Planning - Boone County Arboretum

New Career Opportunities

Operations and CRM Associate - Green Umbrella

Visual Communications Associate - Green Umbrella 

Event Production Intern - Green Umbrella

Artist in Residence 2023 - Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice

Development Director - La Soupe

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