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Sustainability Spotlights

Green Umbrella Welcomes Mary Jo McClain as Development Director

Green Umbrella is excited to welcome Mary Jo McClain as our new Development and Donor Relations Director. Mary Jo joins our core operations team and will spearhead funding efforts across our programs as Green Umbrella continues to grow. Since moving to Cincinnati 20 years ago, Mary Jo has successfully served in multiple development capacities at nonprofits from social services to the arts to the environmental sector, most recently managing grants and major gifts at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Mary Jo is passionate about building strong, resonant and sustaining relationships between nonprofits and the constituents who engage with and support them. She can be reached at

Take Action: City of Cincinnati Launches Green Cincinnati Plan Update 

Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval and City Council officially launched the process for updating the Green Cincinnati Plan (GCP) at a press conference on March 17th. The GCP is a comprehensive set of goals and recommendations to address climate change and advance the sustainability, equity and resilience of the city. The process to update the Plan will occur over the coming year and will involve many community stakeholders in creating the community vision. Green Umbrella has played a central role in implementing many of the 2018 GCP goals and is excited to continue this important work. Take action by completing the city's community survey today! 

Green Umbrella to Host Next Climate Action Webinar on 4/6

Join Green Umbrella and Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) on Tuesday, April 6th from 12:00-12:30 pm for the next installment of the Regional Climate Action Lunch & Learn Series. ERI and partners will share insights regarding their programming for Midwestern governments to build capacity for climate action, as well as success stories from Indiana governments. Green Umbrella will explain how these resources can support local governments in Greater Cincinnati and announce forthcoming opportunities. Register here to attend, and click here to view the first session, "Regional Strategies for Equitable Climate Action in Greater Cincinnati".

Tomorrow is the last day for MRSS Early-Bird Registration! 

The Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit brings together hundreds of passionate business, nonprofit, government and community leaders to share inspiring ideas that propel us toward a healthier, more resilient and equitable region. This year's summit will return to Xavier University's Cintas Center as an in-person/hybrid event on Thursday June 16th. Take a look at this year's program, which will feature Kristin Baja of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, Mayors Aftab Pureval and Jeffrey Mims. Additional sessions will be announced soon! Secure your spot now to take advantage of our discounted early-bird registration which ends tomorrow, March 31.

Sustainability in the Headlines

Tri-State Trails Retools, While Celebrating 10 Years of Successes, Movers & Makers

EPA Deputy Administrator Announces $75,000 Grant to Groundwork Ohio River Valley, EPA

How Lower Price Hill is Creating a Model to Fight Climate Change, Soapbox Cincinnati

Eastern Corridor Bike-Hike Trail Feasibility Plan Approved, WVXU

New Affordable Housing Also Boasts Nearly Zero or No Utility Bills, Local 12 

$1 Million Pedestrian Safety Measure Would Use New Ideas to Slow Traffic, The Enquirer

No Bus Stop Nearby? A New Metro Program Promises a Ride to Your Nearest One, WVXU

Auto Industry Shifting Toward Electric. Ohio Must Gear Up to Keep Pace, Columbus Dispatch

Kroger’s Sunny Parr Says ‘Our Food System Needs Breaking’, Movers & Makers

Recycled Plastic Bottles Leach More Chemicals Into Drinks, Review Finds, The Guardian

Barrows Conservation Lecture Series Addresses Wildlife Issues, Global Conservation, WVXU

Featured Events                                                            View our full events calendar

Mar 30: Barrows Conservation Lectures 7:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Apr 2: 

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop 2:00-4:00 pm, Common Orchard Project

Tree Planting at Todd's Fork 12:00-4:00 pm, Cardinal Land Conservancy

Apr 5: Regenerative Home Food Garden Series 5:00-6:30 pm, Agraria

Apr 6:

Building Government Capacity for Climate Action 12:00-12:30 pm, Green Umbrella

2022 Symposium on Sustainability in Healthcare 9:00 am-4:30 pm, Heapy

Land Walk 5:00-6:00 pm, Agraria

Apr 6-8: City-Wide Litter Hack-A-Thon City of Cincinnati & Cintrifuse

Apr 8: Habitat Management Field Day at Conservancy Park 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Boone County Conservation District

Apr 12-13:

Underground Storage of Carbon Dioxide 7:30-9:00 pm, Oxbow Inc.

Up in the Sky: Things that Fly 10:00-11:30 am, Kenton County Parks & Recreation

Apr 14: Backyard Composting Seminar 6:30 pm, Hamilton County R3Source

Apr 15: Community Partnership for Sustainability 12:00-5:00 pm, University of Cincinnati

Apr 16: The Practice of Council 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Imago

Apr 19: 

Mason Jar Hydroponics 6:00-7:30 pm, Civic Garden Center

The Ohio River Watershed: Who Speaks for Nature? 7:00 pm, Woman's City Club of Greater Cincinnati

Professional Opportunities

Calling all green, clean, and sustainability-focused startups! Green Umbrella and partners are accepting applications for a new collaborative event offering green startups "quick-burst" access to experts in this space. The Green Room provides teams with valuable support to help green startup businesses gain traction and awareness (applications due 4/11, events on 4/21 and 4/28). 

Tri-State Trails is updating their Low-Stress Bike Map and needs community input. Have you used the Low-Stress Bike Map before? If so, help the TST team with their new and improved 2022 edition by taking this survey (due 4/15).

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 (property owners can apply by 4/1 or 7/1).

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.

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.

New Volunteer Opportunities

Apr 23: 2022 Spring Litter Cleanup - Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District

Apr 23: Earth Day of Service - MetroParks of Butler County

Apr 23: Walnut Woods of Evanston Treeforestation Project - Civic Garden Center & Cincinnati Parks

Educational Docent - MetroParks of Butler County

Food Rescue Hero - Last Mile Food Rescue

New Job Opportunities

Project Manager, Trails Monitoring & Events Intern - Tri-State Trails

AmeriCorps VISTA, Compost Coordinator - Common Orchard Project

Climate Resiliency Director - Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Development Officer - Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati

Technology Contractor - Produce Perks Midwest

Multiple Internship Positions - Boone County Conservation District

Director of Membership Engagement - Ohio Environmental Council

Part-Time Shop Educators - Simply Zero

Multiple AmeriCorps Positions, Land Director - Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice

Multiple Summer 2022 Internships - Contemporary Arts Center

Agricultural Specialist - Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District

Food Rescue Dispatcher & Driver - Last Mile Food Rescue

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