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Sustainability Spotlights

2030 District New Year Kick-Off

The Cincinnati 2030 District is having its first event of the year on Wednesday, February 22 from 4:00-7:00 pm at historic Union Hall in OTR. This 2023 New Year Kick-Off  event is the perfect opportunity to network with other building/property managers and learn about best practices for the coming year.

Special thanks to Title Sponsor Ameresco and Happy Hour Sponsor Cintrifuse!

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, and registration, click here.

Green Umbrella Receives Data for Equity Funding Collaborative Grant

Green Umbrella is delighted to accept a grant from the Data for Equity Funding Collaborative, a partnership among bi3, HealthPath, and Interact for Health! We'll use this grant to work with Scioto Analysis to forecast the potential health impacts of climate change in Greater Cincinnati, as well as meet with local governments and community organizations to design climate health action strategies. This grant is all about collaboration, and our Regional Climate Collaborative is excited to get started with the first learning cohort meeting on January 31. Learn more about our fellow grantees and learning cohort here.

Regional Climate Collaborative Extends Founding Opportunities

The first round of membership for the Regional Climate Collaborative has been extended! From now through February 28, new members & partners will receive a discount on their dues as well as recognition as a Founding Member or Partner of the Collaborative. Counties, universities, NGOs, cities, townships, villages, towns, districts, CBOs, and consortiums can all be part of the Collaborative.

Click here for more information and to apply. Still have questions? Email Climate Action Director Savannah Sullivan.

Does your organization have a green success story that you want to share? Email our Communications Coordinator at kelly@greenumbrella.org with details and you may be

featured here in Green News or on Green Umbrella's social media!

Featured Events                                                    View our full events calendar

February 4:

2023 Winter Hike Series 10:00 am, Great Parks

WorkPARTY in the Watershed 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance 

Chickens in your Backyard 1:00-3:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Maple Syrup Making & Sap Collecting Hikes 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center 

February 5: 

Tools of the Sugar House 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

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

February 6: Day at the Statehouse 12:00-3:30 pm, USGBC

February 7:

Connected Communities 6:00-8:00 pm, City of Cincinnati 

Intermediate Astronomy - Online 2-night Series 7:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

February 9: Fib Farm Classes: Herbal Preparations 6:00-7:30, Fibonacci Brewing Company

February 10:

Game Night 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Astronomy Evenings 7:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory 

February 11:

Off-trail Exploration: American Beavers 9:00 am, Great Parks

Maple Tapping Basics 9:00-11:00, Boone County Arboretum 

Books and Boots Reading Club 10:00-11:30 am, Hamilton County Conservation District

For the Love of Farm Animals 10:30 am-2:30 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Valentine Card Making 3:00-5:00 pm, Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub

February 12: 

Maple Syrup Making & Sap Collecting Hikes 12:00-2:00pm, Cincinnati Nature Center 

February 14: American Beaver at Fernald Preserve 7:30-9:00 pm, Oxbow Inc

February 15: Homeschool Science: Micro Marvels 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Great Parks

Professional Development Opportunities

OKI Regional Council of Governments is asking for input to help partners identify areas with high transportation needs that are disconnected from transit services. The results will identify unserved and underserved areas in terms of access to job hubs via transit.

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

Cincinnati Permaculture Institute is offering an accelerated-format Permaculture Design Course over five weekends (from February 18 to March 19). 

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.

Co-Op Cincy is offering a Cooperative Management Certificate, which explores the power of cooperative structures to align incentives and make our businesses profoundly accountable to workers, environments, and communities! This 12-week, virtual course starts March 1.

Miami University is hosting Social Innovation Weekend from March 3-5, with a focus on climate change and its effect on our world. Mentors are invited to sign up to work with students to ideate, test, develop, and pitch plans for companies, projects, or initiatives to address a pressing social or environmental problem.

The Cincinnati Zoo is hosting a 5 week virtual Landscaping for the Homeowner workshop starting February 8. They also are having their 12th Sustainable Urban Landscapes Symposium March 16.

The Greater Cincinnati Master Rain Gardener spring 2023 course will be a 6 week course that takes place in March-April.

Ohio EPA is offering free Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) grant writing workshops. The ones closest to our region are in Lima (April 27) and Circleville (September 14).

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Teams - Civic Garden Center

Cleanup - Butler Soil and Water Conservation District

Dogwood Dash 5k Committee - Boone County Arboretum

White Water Paint Project - Friends of White Water Shaker Village

New Career Opportunities

Sustainability Plan Request for Proposal - City of Fairfield

Ohio Inspiring Connections Outdoors Intern - Sierra Club

Earth Steward, Ecological Landscape Crew Member Position - Our Land Organics

Intern - Boone County Arboretum

Multiple Co-Teacher PositionsDiversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Director - Mercy Montessori

Maintenance Specialist - Great Parks

Seasonal Biologist - Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO)

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