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Sustainability Spotlights

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day?

There are countless ways to celebrate the Earth this month, from nature hikes to a virtual 5K, tree plantings to cleanups. We want to hear how you are celebrating Earth Day this year. Tag us in a post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win a Green Umbrella water bottle. 

Check out our calendar for dozens of events hosted by our members, including Earth Day OTR in Washington Park this Saturday, April 17 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and the Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration, featuring a full day of virtual workshops on Wednesday, April 22 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Win-Win Energy Policy for Ohio: How You Can Help

Ohio’s energy policy is in flux, as the legislature wrestles over bills that would either hinder or revive the progress towards clean energy and energy efficiency that was halted by HB 6.

Green Umbrella’s Faith Communities Go Green Advocacy Team invites you to a free webinar on April 21 from 12:00-1:30 pm to learn how you can advocate effectively for clean energy in this pivotal year. Policy experts from the nonpartisan Ohio Environmental Council will provide an overview of the bills currently in play, how to build relationships with elected officials, and how you can help change the dynamics around environmental policy this year.

Nonprofit Resource Center Supports Sustainability with Shoppers Club

Now in a more central location, OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence provides guidance, training, supplies and gently used furniture to over 400 Greater Cincinnati nonprofits each year. With a 17,000 square foot redistribution warehouse, their Shoppers Club offers gently used furniture donated by local businesses and a variety of products through their affiliation with Good360.

Corporate donations keep items out of the landfill and allow nonprofits to access items for pennies on the dollar. Last year, their services provided $850,000 in savings - funds that could be used to expand agency missions.

Greenspace Gem: Redbird Hollow Preserve

Redbird Hollow Preserve is a 54-acre Ohio Natural Landmark in Indian Hill in a 1.5-mile-long valley formed by the upper portion of Redbird Creek. A trail built on the abandoned right-of-way of an inter-urban electric rail line (closed in the 1920s) parallels the unpolluted creek. The wooded hollow has hosted several ecological studies since becoming a nature preserve. Learn more about our region's many Greenspace Gems!

Sustainability in the Headlines

Greater Cincinnati Groups Remember Cyclists And Pedestrians Lost In 2020, WVXU

The New Clifton Avenue Bike Lane Paves the Way for a Safer Commute, CityBeat

Pandemic Pushes CROWN Cincinnati to Unify, Create Transportation Equity, Movers & Makers

Common Orchard Project to Bring Fresh Produce to Food Desert, Local 12

Fresh Produce Is Hard To Find In This Neighborhood, so Locals Made a Map, Spectrum News

New Refilleries and Zero-Waste-Living Shops Make Going Green Easier in Cincinnati, CityBeat

Cincinnati Nature Center Handing Out Free Seeds for Earth Day, Local 12

Explore Cincinnati's Mill Creek by Canoe During a Livery Pop-Up This May, CityBeat

Ohio on Track to Waste Billions of Dollars on Energy Over Next Decade, Energy News Network

Ohio's Utility Bribery Scandal Could Cost the Public Billions More Than Previously Thought, Grist

Preparing Facilities for the Future of Health Care Delivery, Cincinnati Business Courier

Featured Member Events                         View our full events calendar. 

April 16: Mill Creek Valley Cleanups by Canoe 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

April 17: Drawdown: Reversing Global Warming 1:00-3:15 pm, Pachamama Alliance

April 19: New Invasive Species for Your Radar 10:00 am, Boone County Arboretum

April 20: 

Hydroponics Workshops 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM, NKU

Growing Racial Equity & Food Justice with School Gardens 3:00-4:00 pm, National Farm to School Network

Managing Pests Using Plant Diversity & Pollinators 6:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

April 21: 

Shared Mobility & E-Transportation Solutions 1:00-2:00 pm, City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub Presentation 2:00 pm, NKU

Local Solutions to Address Climate Change 3:00-4:00 pm, Ohio Citizen Action

Supermoon! 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

April 22: 

Annual Earth Day Celebration 12:00-5:00 pm, Izaak Walton League Cincinnati Chapter

Earth Day Tree-Planting Celebration 1:00 pm, Fairfield Parks and Recreation

Rain Barrel Workshop 6:00-7:30 pm, Civic Garden Center & Rhinegeist Brewery

April 24: 

Earth Day Tree Planting 9:00 am, Great Parks

Trunk A Tree: Reforest NKY 9:00-11:00 am, NKY Urban & Community Forestry Council

Native Plant Sale 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

Epheremal Blooms in Burnet 10:00 am-11:00 am, Lloyd Library & Museum

Electronics Recycling Drop Off 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub

Lower Mill Creek Cleanup 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance
April 25: 

Covington Parks Urban Hike Series 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Covington Parks & Recreation

Pink Moon Night Hike 8:30 pm, Valley View

April 27: 

Understanding Microplastics in the Ohio River Basin 12:00-1:00 pm, ORSANCO
Eco-Restoration: Disguised as Landscape Design 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

May 1: Arbor Day Tree Planting 9:00 am, City of Covington Park & Recreation

Professional Opportunities   

Collective Impact Forum is hosting the Collective Impact Action Summit on April 27-29 to share ideas and use networks to shape the future of the practice of collective impact.

2021 REBUILD Conference is calling for presentations that advance thoughtful discussion on sustainability within the built environment. Proposals due April 30.

Contemporary Arts Center & Keep Cincinnati Beautiful are seeking 10 local artists for this year's Eco-Conscious Art Making Workshop. The experience culminates in a 2-week exhibit. Deadline to apply is May 1.

Civic Garden Center is hosting Green Girls in STEM, an immersive hands-on program for young women in high school to explore STEM careers, sustainability, and leadership development. Applications due May 24.

National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is offering $128,000 in grant funding through the Restoration and Resilience Fund to support public lands that have been impacted by increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications reviewed June 1.

SORTA / Metro is offering grants through the Transit Infrastructure Fund to assist localities with road improvements and increase overall mobility. Applications due June 30.

Volunteer with our Members

Bike Helmet Giveaway (5/21-5/22) - Friends of Little Miami State Park
Spring Volunteer Workdays (4/17, 4/28, 5/1) - Heritage Acres

Walnut Woods Forest Restoration (4/24, 5/15) - Civic Garden Center

Recycling Volunteer - Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub

Work with our Members

Policy Intern - Green Umbrella

Farm Manager - Greenacres Foundation

Multiple Positions Available - Metro Parks of Butler County

Food Waste Program Administrator - SWACO

Power Plant Operator - Northern Kentucky University

Maintenance Technician, Farm Technician - 80 Acres Farm

Advancement and Administrative Assistant - Contemporary Art Center
Farm Production AssistantIntensive Greens and Protected Agriculture ManagerSheep and Poultry Flocks Manager - Elmwood Stock Farm

Ecovillage Intern - Community Earth Alliance

Landscape Crew Member - Our Land Organics

Education Coordinator, Social Engagement Coordinator - Mill Creek Alliance
Multiple Positions Available Cincinnati Zoo

Solar Project Manager - Melink
Summer Youth Leader - Groundwork ORV

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