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Sustainability Spotlights

Network at Green Drinks & Get Ready for Great Outdoor Weekend

Join us on Thursday, September 23 for our next Green Drinks, featuring two outdoor activities to choose from and a Green Umbrella collaboration beer release by HighGrain Brewing!

At 5:00 pm, either (1) join leaders from the Village of Silverton, IBEW Local 212 and Paff Electric on a walking tour highlighting Silverton's energy efficiency and renewable energy successes; or (2) join Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District staff on a walking tour along Cooper Creek at Bechtold Park to learn about the Cooper Creek Collaborative watershed restoration project. More details here.

Then at 6:00 pm, we'll all convene for drinks and networking at HighGrain, who will be releasing an urban peach sour ale brewed with 300 lbs of peaches gathered at Permaganic EcoGarden in Over-the-Rhine! The event is a pre-celebration for this year's Great Outdoor weekend, which features over 100 free, family-friendly outdoor activities on September 25 and 26.

2030 District Releases Occupant Health Guide for Healthier Buildings

Last week, the Cincinnati 2030 District launched an innovative Healthy Building model and Occupant Health Guide. Focusing on our region's health needs, the guide is designed to help building owners promote healthy behaviors and enhance building performance to address chronic disease. At the launch event, experts from the International WELL Building Institute and The Health Collaborative shared some of the key features and research backing the recommended building optimizations. The guide and a recording of the event are available here.

Training Will Help Teachers Bring Farm to School Education to Schools

Teachers are invited to join Growing Our Teachers, a cohort-based training on integrating Farm to School education in their schools. Participants will support each other and other educators to enhance agriculture and nutrition education across the region. The program will be co-facilitated by Ellie Falk (Civic Garden Center) and Nicole Gunderman (Gorman Heritage Farm), and is funded through a USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant received by Green Umbrella's Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council.

Beginning in October, ten sessions throughout the school year will cover topics including garden planning, curriculum connections, nutrition education, school garden tours, creating inclusive and equitable garden programs, and best management practices for school garden and outdoor learning. Participants will also receive $250 toward their school garden program, peer support and access to regional experts and organizations. Apply by 9/7.

Featured Events                                                   View our full events calendar

September 5: Paws in the Park 1:00-5:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

September 7: Let's Get Physical: Restorative Yoga 6:00-7:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

September 8: Food Policy Council Council Meeting 2:30-4:30 pm, Green Umbrella

September 10: Medicinal Plant Hike 6:00-7:15 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

September 10-11: Black Farming: Community Land & Food Sovereignty Conference

September 11: 

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

Summer Concerts in the Park 7:00-9:00 pm, Great Parks

September 12: Shakespeare in the Park 11:00 am-3:00 pm, Great Parks

September 15: Greenspace Prioritization Modeling Tool Workshop, Green Umbrella & OKI Regional Council of Governments

September 16:

76th Anniversary Celebration 4:30-7:30 pm, Hamilton County Soil & Water

Thursday Rides 6:00 pm, Cincy RedBike

September 17: Annual Golf Outing 7:45 am-1:30 pm, AIA Cincinnati

September 18:

Fall Plant Sale 9:30 am-3:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum

Let's Go Hiking! Autumn Birding 10:30 am-12:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

Farm Encounters Walk 1:00-2:30 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Music in the Woods 5:00-11:00 pm, Imago

September 22: Orchard Steward Orientation 6:00-8:00 pm, Common Orchard Project

September 25-26: Great Outdoor Weekend

Professional Opportunities

USDA NRCS is offering financial and technical assistance to help local growers install hoop houses through the Cincinnati High Tunnel Initiative.

Hamilton County Recycling is offering Waste Reduction Innovation Grants to help communities, schools, non-profit organizations, and private sector businesses implement waste reduction, reuse, food rescue, composting, and recycling programs in Hamilton County.

Ohio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention program supports communities, businesses and academic institutions that initiate or expand recycling programs and litter prevention efforts.

Yale Forum on Religion & Ecology is launching a new, interactive database to track religious activities that advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Launch event 9/2 @ 11am.

Cincinnati Parks' Fall ReLeaf Program will be giving out free trees. Applications are open for residents in neighborhoods with less than 40% tree canopy and open 9/4 for all city residents.

Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council is launching Growing Our Teachers, a training to help educators integrate farm to school education in their schools (apply by 9/7).

Great Parks of Hamilton County is requesting Letters of Intent from qualified consulting firms or teams to provide professional services to develop a Sustainability Action Plan (due 9/7).

Ohio Department of Natural Resources is offering $5 million in grants for wetland projects through the H2Ohio Wetland Grant Program (due 9/30).

The City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability has two, exciting funding opportunities just released and others to come soon. The aim is to create opportunities for energy efficiency and the reduction of energy burden specifically involving landlords and renters. Visit the website to learn more (as soon as 10/1).

PEDCO & Emersion Design are co-hosting the REBUILD Conference, focused on Midwest business sustainability issues and potential solutions from across the nation (10/7).

Volunteer with our Members

Community Garden Friday Workdays & Fall Plant Sale (9/25) - Civic Garden Center

Agraria Land Volunteer Days (9/9) - Institute for Community Solutions

Todd's Fork Workdays (9/18, 10/16) - Cardinal Land Conservancy

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

Many Volunteer Opportunities - Imago

Join USGBC Ohio's Leadership Team - USGBC Ohio

Horticulture Helper - Cincinnati Parks

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

Reuse Hub Recycling Volunteer - Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub

Work with our Members

Green Schoolyards Coordinator - Green Umbrella

Neighborhood Connectors - Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

Chief Operating Officer - La Soupe

Education Program Coordinator, Community & Social Engagement Coordinator - Mill Creek Alliance

Public Allies - City of Cincinnati

Director of Public Relations & Communications - Contemporary Arts Center

Sales Marketing VP, Solar Install Team Leader, Sales Manager, Engineering Team Leader - Solar Energy Solutions

Communications Director, Communications Associate - OEFFA

Naturalist - Bull's Run Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum

Landscape Crew Member - Our Land Organics

Retail Sales Specialist - REI Cincinnati

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