January 8, 2020

Sustainability Spotlight

Register Early for the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit

    Highlights for this year's summit:

    • Keynote address by Majora Carter, an award-winning urban revitalization strategist and corporate consultant.

    • 19 breakout sessions with dynamic sustainability leaders, exploring how cities can become regenerative hubs that enhance our natural resources and support healthy, equitable communities.

    • Dozens of exhibitors.

    • Vegetarian lunch and post-conference reception.

    Early-bird registration opens Monday, January 13.

    Ohio River Foundation Programs Reach Thousands of Students

    Did you know that Ohio River Foundation's education programs reach over 5,000 students a year? Among their in-class offerings, the Mussels in the Classroom program teaches kids about the important role of freshwater mussels to local aquatic ecosystems. Students have the opportunity to care for the mussels for two to five weeks alongside optional activities and lesson plans.

      The popular River Explorer program is a hands-on, activity-based learning experience along the rivers, streams and creeks of the Ohio River watershed. Students climb into rivers to study fish, macro-invertebrates, and water quality. Learn more about the Ohio River Foundation's education and restoration programs.

      2020 Green Home Tours Begin This Weekend

      Want to learn more about high performance homes? The US Green Building Council hosts tours of sustainably built, LEED certified homes throughout the year.

      Join them January 11 for a free tour of a riverfront LEED Platinum home currently for sale. Learn more.

      Greenspace Gems:

      Crooked Run Nature Preserve

      Greenspace Gems recognizes and celebrates natural areas in the Greater Cincinnati region with outstanding scenic value, biological diversity, scientific importance, or historic interest. 

      Crooked Run Nature Preserve offers over 77 acres of mixed habitat and boasts floodplain, woodland, fields, a pond and the Crooked Run backwater tributary of the Ohio River. Some two miles of trails feature a river overlook, an elevated observation platform and three bird blinds where over 200 bird species have been recorded. 

      Check out our region's many Greenspace Gems!

      Plug Into Green Umbrella's New Impact Teams

      Make an investment in the sustainability and resiliency of our region. 

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      Sustainability in the Headlines

      Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

      January 9: Everything You Need To Know About Trainers 6:30 pm, Reser Bicycle Outfitters

      January 10: Hike Series: The Wolf Moon 6:30-8:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

      January 11:

      Winter Hike Series: Sharon Woods 8:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

      Nature Detectives: River Nature Series 10:30-11:30 am, MetroParks of Butler County

      January 12:

      Barnyard Succulents with The Hearty Leaf 1:00-3:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

      Hike for Your Health 2:00-3:30 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

      January 16: YP Build Your Own Terrarium 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

      January 17: The Secret Life of Stars 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

      January 18:

      Winter Hike Series: Woodland Mound 8:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

      Just One Earth Symposium 8:30 am-12:00 pm, Pachamama Alliance of Cincinnati

      Let's Go Hiking: Winter Tree ID 10:30 am-12:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

      Free Family Science Night 6:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

      January 19: Wonderful Winter Exhibit 11:00 am-3:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

      January 21: Guest Speaker: Greg Torres 7:00-8:30 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

      January 22: What's Buggin' My Tree? 1:00-2:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum

      January 26: Annual Winter Hike: Sister Hill Trail 2:00-3:30 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

      January 27: Film: Manufactured Landscapes 6:00-7:30 pm, UC Sustainability

      January 28: WELL Building Standard 12:00-1:00 pm, City of Cincinnati

      January 30: Banter+Brews: Energy 4:00-6:00 pm, M+A Architects

      January 31: Tri-State Trails Quarterly Meeting 9:00 am-1:30 pm, Green Umbrella

      Professional Opportunities 

      Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is offering waste innovation grants of up to $10,000. Proposals will be accepted until funding runs out.

      Boone County Conservation offers grants, technical support, and advice for teacher or student led school conservation projects on an ongoing basis. 

      The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is soliciting applications for the 2020 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program, which will award approximately $1.5 million in grants nationwide. Full proposals are due by January 30. 

      Keep Cincinnati Beautiful welcomes applications for the 2020 Rep the Crown Awards, which recognizes innovations in litter reduction, recycling and beautification efforts, or address quality of life and sustainability in communities. Applications are due by February 1. 

      Bluegrass Greensource is hosting the inaugural Bluegrass Sustainability Summit on February 4 which will be held at the University of Kentucky's Gatton Student Center. 

      The Keeling Curve Prize awards $25,000 to ten projects each year that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase uptake. Applications will be accepted until February 10.

      The Ohio Ecological Farm and Food Association is hosting the 41st Annual OEFFA Conference, "A Climate For Change," from February 13-15 in Dayton, Ohio. 

      The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati is hosting the 2020 National Stormwater Symposium from March 15-17 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. 

      Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

      1/8: Sharon Woods Invasive Removal - Great Parks of Hamilton County

      1/16: Shawnee Lookout & Glenwood Gardens Invasive Removal - Great Parks of Hamilton County

      1/22: Lake Isabella Invasive Removal - Great Parks of Hamilton County

      Work with our Members                    View our full Jobs page.    

      Operations Manager - Green Umbrella

      Trail and Bikeway Coordinator - Green Umbrella

      Event and Office Specialist - Adventure Crew

      Project Manager - Our Land Organics

      Administrative Secretary - Boone County Conservation District

      Political Director - Ohio Environmental Council

      Seasonal Biologist - ORSANCO

      Auxiliary Park Ranger - MetroParks of Butler County

      Assistant Environmental Projects Manager - MetroParks of Butler County

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