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Sustainability Spotlights

Green Umbrella Welcomes Anna Parnigoni as Communications Lead

Green Umbrella is excited to welcome Anna Parnigoni as our new Communications Lead. Anna joins our expanding core operations team and will oversee communications across our programs in addition to acting as point-of-contact for media and press. With a background in community relations, strategic project management and writing, Anna is excited to share Green Umbrella’s story and help promote the important sustainability work happening across our region. She will work closely with our program directors as well as former Communications Director, Charlie Gonzalez, who is transitioning to focus on coordinating our events and building member relations. Anna can be reached at

Get Hands-On Experience During Our Fruit Tree Pruning Blitz Weekend

Common Orchard Project invites you to take part in a Pruning Blitz this Saturday and Sunday! This is a FREE hands-on opportunity to learn about or practice fruit tree pruning skills with fellow orchardists and community gardeners. Beginners and veterans are all welcome! Join us on either Saturday, March 5th beginning in the East End or Sunday, March 6th starting in Camp Washington. Both events start at 10:00 am with an optional training session, followed by two hours of pruning out in the surrounding community. Please be prompt as we will be leaving from the initial site by 11:15. Learn more details here.

Join Us on 3/24 for Green Drinks & a Green Schoolyard Tour

Join us for our first Green Drinks of 2022. On March 24th we'll be heading out to the west side for a tour of the Gamble Montessori green schoolyard at 4:30 pm, followed by drinks and networking at West Side Brewing at 6:00 pm. 

We're thrilled to showcase the green schoolyard at Gamble Montessori. Students will show off several outdoor experiential learning spaces - including an outdoor classroom space, orchard and school gardens. Learn more about our CPS Outside team!

Featured Events                                                    View our full events calendar

Mar 3:

CAC Thursday Art Play 10:30-11:30 am, Contemporary Arts Center & Cincinnati Parks

Farm Preservation Seminar 6:00-8:00 pm, Campbell County Conservation District

Mar 4: Winter Naturalist 101: Lichens 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

Mar 5: Historic Barn Walk 1:30-3:15 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Mar 7: Adaptations in Owls: A Talk by Denver Holt 7:00-9:00 pm, RAPTOR Inc.

Mar 8:

Climate Change and Transportation 12:00-1:00 pm, Green Energy Ohio

Please Look Up! 7:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

Getting Started with Mason Bees 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

The Rise and Fall of the Callery Pear 7:30-9:00 pm, Oxbow Inc.

Mar 9:

Food Policy Council Meeting 2:30-4:00 pm, Green Umbrella

2022 State of the Mill Creek Address 7:00-8:30 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

Astronomy Club 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Mar 10:

Sustainable Urban Landscapes Symposium 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

Effortless Natives for Your Landscape 1:00-3:30 pm, Boone County Arboretum

Mar 11:

Musty Mustelids: A Seminar on Weasels & Their Relatives 7:00 pm, Great Parks

On the Wing: An Illustrated Birds Exhibit Opening 5:00-7:00 pm, Lloyd Library

Mar 12: Wonderful Women of Conservation Walk 10:00 am, Great Parks

Mar 13: Meet the Herptiles! 2:00 pm, Great Parks

Mar 15: 

Hamilton County Waste Plan Update: Public Input Meeting & Survey 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Hamilton County R3Source

Essential Oils for Gardening 6:00-7:30 pm, Civic Garden Center

Mar 16: Environmental Justice & Wildlife Conservation Lecture 7:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

Mar 17: Design Excellence: Healing a Messed-Up World One Project at a Time 5:30-7:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

Professional Opportunities

Green Umbrella is accepting 2D, 3D, spoken word, and performance art submissions for the 2022 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit on June 16 (due 3/31).

AEE is hosting the AEE East Energy Conference in Cincinnati for the first time (3/23-3/24). Join energy professionals from commercial, industrial, institutional, and governmental sectors to learn about the latest energy-saving strategies, products, services, and technologies.

The City of Cincinnati offers Energy Equity Grants to support energy efficiency upgrades in low-income multifamily buildings and provide energy efficiency education for renters and building owners (next deadline for property owners is 4/1; optional info session 3/10).

The City of Cincinnati is seeking input on the city's bike plan. The current focus is on the west side. Take a look at the draft map and complete the survey (due 4/1).

USDA is offering $1 Billion in funding for pilot projects that provide incentives to producers and landowners that advance climate-smart agricultural production practices. Proposals over $5 million due 4/8; proposals under $5 million due 5/27.

OEFFA is offering Beginning Farmer Pandemic Relief Microgrants of $500 to $5,000 in direct financial assistance to beginning farmers in Ohio.

Co-op Cincy is offering a Cooperative Management Certificate in partnership with the Xavier Leadership Center. The 12-week course begins in April and focuses on the power of cooperative businesses.

The Devou Good Foundation is offering $500 rebates for e-bike purchases.

Volunteer Opportunities

Call to Action: Repeal ALL of HB6 - Ohio Citizen Action

Sustainable Climate Environment Advocate - Citizen's Climate Lobby Cincinnati Chapter

Horticulture Helper - Cincinnati Parks

Volunteer Opportunities - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Volunteer Opportunities - Friends of the Little Miami State Park

Volunteer Opportunities - Mill Creek Alliance

4/23 - Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration Volunteers - Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition

Job Opportunities

Common Orchard Americorps VISTA, Event Management Intern - Green Umbrella

Field Educators - Ohio River Foundation

Regional Director of Conservation & Parks, Volunteer Engagement Specialist - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Onsite Operations - CompostNow

Assistant Horticulturalist, Assistant Land Steward - Cincinnati Nature Center

Parks Seasonal Laborer, Recreation Seasonal Laborer - City of Covington Parks and Recreation

Giving Officer - La Soupe

Design Technician II - Hamilton County Conservation District

Senior Camp Counselor/Environmental Educator, Education/Field Trips CoordinatorCrop & Land Steward - Gorman Heritage Farm

Museum Camps Manager, Zoology and DNA Lab Collections Manager - Cincinnati Museum Center

Community Gardens Coordinator - Civic Garden Center

Ecological Landscape Crew Member - Our Land Organics

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