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Sustainability Spotlights

USDA Grant Will Help Expand Our Region's Farm to School Programs

The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council's Farm to School Impact Team has been hard at work developing the region’s existing farm to school programs into a collaborative network. With the support of a newly awarded USDA grant, the FPC will leverage the success of Cuyahoga County’s Feed our Future model, convene a regional advisory board, establish a Regional Farm to School Curriculum Coordinator, launch a training program for teachers and work with key partners on education content and local menu takeovers!

“Helping schools expand access to healthy, locally grown produce through these grants is

just one of the many ways USDA is transforming America’s food system. Not only will this give children more nutritious food options in school, it supports local agriculture economies, while connecting them to the farms and farmers that grow the food we all depend on.” - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Volunteers Help Create Outdoor Learning Stations for CPS Students

Last Saturday, over 20 volunteers from the Cincinnati Rotary Club met at Gamble Montessori Elementary for a fun workday. The day supported a strategy of Green Umbrella's CPS Outside Impact Team: creating outdoor learning stations on school campuses, so students can learn in and explore nature at school. Volunteers worked on creating an outdoor classroom under the boughs of three huge oak trees, on trails into the school’s mature woodland and on clearing honeysuckle to allow for more space to explore the woods. A deer fence around the orchard and garden will be installed later this summer.

The Rotary Club will continue working with Imago to complete these, and additional, outdoor learning spaces envisioned by the Gamble learning community in the upcoming year. If you're interested in volunteering or have ideas for an outdoor schoolyard transformation contact Ryan.

Greenspace Gem: Heritage Park Riverfront

The best remaining bottomland forest in the region occupies the mile-long Great Miami River shoreline of Heritage Park. Protected by Colerain Township Parks and Services, the mature woodland is composed of floodplain species such as cottonwood, sycamore, silver maple, box elder and black willow. These are trees that are able to tolerate frequent submergence, saturated soil and reduced soil aeration. Bald eagles nest here, and shorebirds, herons and kingfishers frequent the river borders. Learn more about our region's Greenspace Gems!

Featured Member Events                                      View our full events calendar

July 22: 

Green Drinks and Urban Hike 5:00-7:00 pm, Green Umbrella

Get the Jump on Jumping Worms 6:30-7:30 pm, Civic Garden Center

July 23: 

Fun Family Friday: Reduce Reuse Recycle 10:00-11:30 am, Metro Parks of Butler County

Full Moon Walk: Buffalo Moon 9:00-10:30 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

July 24: 

Healthy in Nature Trail Run 9:00 am-10:00 am, Cincinnati Nature Center

Native Bird Tour at the Arboretum 9:00 am-11:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum

Stream Clean Up: South Fork Park 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Boone County Conservatory

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

July 28:

The Water Show 9:30 am, Kenton County Parks

Repackaging the Future 12:00 pm, Cintrifuse

Health & Wellness Strategies for Buildings 1:00-2:15 pm, USGBC

Flower Arranging in Your Garden 6:00-7:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Searching for Ancient Egypt's Beekeepers 7:00 pm, Lloyd Library and Museum

July 29: Creeking in the Parks 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Metro Parks of Butler County

July 31:
Historic Barns of Ohio 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm
Enjoy the Arts @ Parks 1:00-5:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

August 5: The Connected Region 12:00-1:00 pm, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

August 6: Outdoors For All Expo 4:00-9:30 pm, Adventure Crew

August 7: 
Paddlefest 2021 6:00 am-1:00 pm, Adventure Crew
Family Farm Storytime: Wiggly Worms 10:00-11:00 am, Gorman Heritage Farm

Professional Opportunities

Center for EcoTechnology (CETis providing free technical assistance to businesses in Ohio on July 27th from 10:00am-12:30pm to support wasted food prevention, recycling and diversion efforts. Schedule a 15-minute time slot to meet one-on-one with a wasted food expert to learn how your business can save money, provide benefits to your customers, nourish your community, and improve your environmental footprint.

Collective Impact Forum is hosting Champions for Change 2021, a three-session online workshop (9/21, 9/28 & 10/5) designed to build essential skills for supporting collective action and systems change, including embedding equity into your initiative, sharing leadership and credit within your collaborative, building trust amongst stakeholders and communities, and moving from initial vision to implementation. (Scholarship applications due 7/30).

Ohio Environmental Council is hosting an Environmental Justice Writing Competition for undergraduate, graduate and law school students. This year's focus is "Our Fight for Clean, Safe & Accessible Water." (Submissions due 7/31)

Flywheel, Cintrifuse, HCDC and Green Umbrella are partnering again to launch another Sustainable Cincy accelerator program this Fall. Selected startups will receive expert coaching, valuable connections, and up to $15,000 in financial support to accelerate their growth and impact. (Apply by 8/2).

Invest in Neighborhoods is accepting nominations for its 2021 Neighborhood Summit Awards. (Submissions due 8/3).

PEDCO & Emersion Design are co-hosting the REBUILD Conference on October 7, focused on Midwest business sustainability issues and potential solutions from across the nation.

Volunteer with our Members

Volunteer Opportunities with USGBC Ohio's Leadership Team - USGBC Ohio

2021 Paddlefest Volunteers - Adventure Crew

Uptown Waste Diversion Recycling Volunteer - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Horticulture Helper - Cincinnati Parks

Community Garden Workdays - Civic Garden Center

Workparty in the Watershed (9/18) - Mill Creek Alliance

Gleaning Volunteer (on-farm food rescue) - Society of St Andrew

Reuse Hub Recycling Volunteer - Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub

Work with our Members

General Manager - The Miami Conservancy District

Implementation Manager - Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University

Policy Program Organizer - Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

Shop Educator (Part-Time) - Simply Zero

Agriculture Manager - Greenacres Foundation

Development Manager - Cardinal Land Conservancy

Nourishing Connections Project Manager - Food Growers Association

Sustainability Advocate - University of Cincinnati

Bike Mechanic - University of Cincinnati

Sustainability Analyst, Consultant and Internships - Trayak

Multiple Positions Available - Metro Parks of Butler County

4th - 6th Grade Cultural Studies Teacher - Mercy Montessori

Visitor Experience Associate - Contemporary Arts Center

City Energy Manager - City of Cincinnati

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