October 16, 2019

Sustainability Spotlight

Don't Miss the Tri-State Trails Annual Meeting and Fundraiser! 

There is still time to register for the Tri-State Trails Annual Meeting & Fundraiser on Friday, October 25 from 2:00-5:00 pm at Devou Park Golf & Event Center. Presented by The Devou Good Project, the celebration includes a choose-your-own adventure -  a guided hike, trail ride or mountain bike ride - and an opportunity for guests to support the exciting new opportunities coming down the pike with Tri-State Trails.

Can't make it but want to support? Become a sponsor and send some friends in your place! 

Welcome Groundwork Ohio River Valley  

There's a new non-profit in Cincinnati! Groundwork Ohio River Valley focuses on transforming the natural and built environment of urban communities. It will work towards expanding environmental education opportunities for youth and workforce development programs for both youth and young adults. Check out their full press release to learn more.  

Local Food Action Team Merges with Food Policy Council

Green Umbrella's Local Food Action Team will merge with the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council effective November 2019. For nearly a decade, the team has led the region in championing the production and consumption of local foods by producing two State of Local Food reports, directing grant funds toward regional food waste efforts and launching the Food Policy Council. While the work of the team will continue, it will align with the Food Policy Council to streamline Green Umbrella's work to create a healthy, equitable and sustainable food system. Thank you to the many members who have dedicated time and resources to make the team a success. 

Action Teams

Action Teams bring together people and organizations who share common goals around environmental issue areas. Teams implement strategies to drive progress on our 2020 GoalsGreen Umbrella also has three Initiatives: Tri-State Trails, the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, and the Cincinnati 2030 District.

Greenspace Gems: Halls Creek

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

Halls Creek Woods State Nature Preserve in Warren County, Ohio offers visitors the 4 F's -forest, fossils, flowers and falls! Protected by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, this 278-acre preserve holds a mature deciduous forest with a large variety of spring wildflowers and ferns. An old field habitat also sustains a variety of species. Halls Creek and Grays Run pass through the preserve, forming small waterfalls as they flow over fossil-rich Ordovician bedrock. Two miles of trails wind through the property between the two creeks.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

October 17 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

October 18 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

October 25 @ 2:00 pm Tri-State Trails Annual Meeting & Fundraiser 

November 1 @ 9:30 am Watershed

November 7 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

November 7 @ 11 am Local Food

November 13 @ 2:30 pm Food Policy Council Meeting

November 13 @ 8:30 am Energy

November 19 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

Sustainability in the Headlines

Majority of Ohio Adults Think Climate Change Affecting U.S. & Local Areas, Interact for Health  

Sustainability & Recycling Summit Awards in Cincinnati, Recycling Today

Great Ohio River Swim Cancelled: Harmful Algae Persists, Cincinnati.com 

Where's the Waste? A 'Circular' Economy Could Combat Climate Change, New York Times

Community & Developers to Make Innovation Corridor Car & Pedestrian Friendly, WCPO

Nuclear Bailout Opponents Racing to Meet Signature Deadline, WOSU Public Media

Web Series 'Science Around Cincy' Documents the Work of Queen City Ecologists, Conservationists, Engineers and Beyond, City Beat

Spending Time and Money in Devou Park, NKY Thrives

Kao USA, Inc Reduces Carbon Footprint Through Renewable Energy, Cision PR Newswire

Inside the Cincinnati Zoo's New Hops and Beer Garden, City Beat

A Milestone in the Licking River Greenway and Trails Project, NKY Thrives

Newport Tries Out Temporary Bike Lanes, WVXU

Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

October 16: Charitable Suds 5:00-8:00 pm, Adventure Crew & Rhinegeist 

October 18-20: Big Bone Lick Salt Festival Boone County Conservation District

October 19-20: Black Walnut Weekend Great Parks of Hamilton County

October 20: 2019 Bird Class 8:00 am-1:00 pm, Audubon Society of Ohio

October 22: Hydroponics Workshop 4:30-6:30 pm, NKU

October 23: Banter & Brews 4:00-5:30 pm, M&A Architects 

October 24: Bat Night 7:00-9:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

October 26: Nature at Night Pumpkin Hike 6:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

October 27: Composition for Outdoor Photographers 3:00-5:00 pm, REI

October 30: Yoga in the Garden 6:30 pm, Civic Garden Center

October 31: Pumpkin Hunt & Show & Tell on the Farm 10:00-11:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Professional Opportunities 

The 4th Biennial Union Co-op Symposium is a two day conference that builds community and provides tools to start and run union worker cooperatives. Reservations are required on or before October 17.

The Conservation Alliance is accepting nominations for grants through November 1 and proposals through December 1. 

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will host a Native Plant Symposium on November 9. Learn more and register here.

The Andrew Jergens Foundation is accepting letters of intent through November 15 and proposals through January 2 for grants benefitting children in Greater Cincinnati. 

The Campbell County Conservation District is accepting applications for their environmental and conservation grant through January 17. 

Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

The Great American Cleanup - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Haunted Trail Haunters - Kenton County Parks and Recreation

Green Apple Day of Service - USGBC

Make a Difference Day Tree Planting - City of Covington

Work with our Members                    view our full Jobs page.   

Caring for Our Watersheds Spring Intern - Hamilton County Soil & Water District

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