October 30, 2019

Sustainability Spotlight

Green Umbrella Will Reveal New Impact Teams at Annual Meeting

Join us for an exciting annual meeting on Tuesday, December 10 at the Green Umbrella office, 5030 Oaklawn Drive. We are excited to reveal our new mission, vision and impact teams! As we move into 2020 we're gearing up for focused impact in key opportunity areas. We need strong collaborators and advocates to amplify our mission and help us get this important work done. The Annual Meeting will give you the opportunity to learn about and connect into our new teams.

This is a free, member-only event. RSVP today to secure your spot. If you have questions about membership please contact charlie@greenumbrella.orgNot a member? Make an investment in the sustainability and resiliency of our region and help implement climate solutions in our own backyard - become a member today!

2020 Sustainability Summit: Save the Date & Submit a Session Proposal 

The Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will return Friday, May 1, 2020. Each year the summit brings together business, government representatives, experts, non-profits and ordinary citizens committed to building a more environmentally sustainable and resilient region.

We're excited to welcome award-winning urban revitalization strategist, Majora Carter as this year's keynote speaker as we explore the theme, "Cities of the Future: Becoming a Regenerative Region." 

This year, we are inviting submissions of proposals for panels, workshops, and presentations that explore regenerative regions. Sessions that share insights from peer cities or that highlight opportunities for communities to advance sustainability are welcomed. Proposals are due Friday, December 13. To learn more or to save your spot as a sponsor or exhibitor, visit the summit webpage.

Mayor Touts Green Achievements & Goals at "State of the City"

Mayor John Cranley made big environmental announcements at the State of the City Address on October 2. Green Umbrella will partner with the Ohio Mayors Alliance & the Ohio Environmental Council to host a state-wide climate summit on April 30, 2020 in conjunction with the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit.

The city also announced a big investment in solar energy with the planned development of 1,000 acres of solar panels. According to Mayor Cranley, this will generate 100 megawatts of energy and create hundreds of jobs for Ohioans. "We will do what our state will not — take the responsible steps to invest in renewable energy and reduce our carbon footprint before it is too late," Cranley said. The mayor also pointed out the achievements of the Cincinnati 2030 District (among the largest in the nation) and the increase in bike lanes and trails due to the significant efforts of Tri-State Trails

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.

November Green Drinks, hosted by the Transportation Action Team: 

Meet up with the Transportation Action Team this month for the final Green Drinks of 2019!

Join us at Comfort Station from 5:30-7:00 pm on November 14th to network with others interested in sustainability and hear about what the transportation team has been up to. A dollar from each drink will benefit Green Umbrella. We hope to see you there!

Attend an Action Team Meeting

November 1 @ 9:30 am Watershed

November 7 @ 8:30 am Outdoor

November 7 @ 11:00 am Local Food

November 13 @ 2:30 pm Food Policy Council Meeting

November 13 @ 8:30 am Energy

November 15 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

November 19 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

November 21 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

Sustainability in the Headlines

How Cincinnati is Punching Above it's Weight in the Climate Crisis, NRDC
Cranley Touts Growth, Climate Efforts at 'State of the City' Address, CityBeat 
On Crowded Cincinnnati Streets, Drivers, Cyclists, and Scooters are Learning to Share, Soapbox
Protected Bike Lanes in Newport: Advocates Hope for Permanent Infrastructure, WCPO
Cincinnati Ballot Issue Calls for a Tax Rollback, But There's More To This Vote, WLWT5
PACE Financing Fuels Renewables and Resiliency, Hotel Business
Duke Energy Grants $250k for Greater Cincinnati Environmental Efforts, Cincinnati Enquirer
Kroger Standardizes Date Labels to Cut Waste, Cincinnati Business Courier
UC Sustainability Students Tour a Clifton Solar Powered Home, The News Record 
Environmental Sustainability Turns 50 at Miami, WVXU
Warren County Officials Fear Potential $6B Cincinnati Bypass, Dayton Daily News
A Political Movement for Food Systems Change in the Midwest, Civil Eats
Senators Launch Bipartisan Climate Change Initiative, NBC News

Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

October 30: Charitable Suds 7:00-9:00 pm, Produce Perks 

October 31: Pumpkin Hunt 10:00-11:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

November 1:

USGBC Ohio Quarterly Leadership Day 10:00 am-4:00 pm, USGBC

Rights of Nature Series 6:00 pm, Imago

Owl Banding 6:30-8:30 pm, Fernald Preserve

November 2:

Habitat Restoration 9:30 am-12:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

A Small Group: Civic Engagement Workshop 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Civic Garden Center

November 3: 

"Fall Back" 4:00-8:00 pm, Ohio Citizen Action

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

November 5:

Exercise in the Great Outdoors 5:00-6:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Crowdfunding for your Community 5:00-8:30 pm, Ioby

November 6: Wilderness Medicine Workshop 6:30 pm, REI

November 7:

Nuts about Nuts 6:00-8:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Trees in Our Community Dinner 5:00-8:30 pm, Boone County Conservation District

November 9:

Native Plant Symposium 9:00am-5:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

Meet a Meteorite 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

Party in the House Gala 6:30 pm, New Life Furniture Bank

Sewer Justice Public Meeting 1:00 pm, CUFA

November 11: Transit of Mercury 7:35 am-1:04 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

November 13: 

Free Native Trees for Wildlife 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Fernald Preserve

Lecture: Sustainable Energy & Society 6:00 pm, UC Sustainability

Native Ecosystems as the Container for Medicine 7:00-8:00 pm, Lloyd Library

Professional Opportunities 

USGBC Ohio will host a LEED Webinar: Sparks Fly! Onsite Renewable Energy Production on November 2 from 12:15 am-1:30 pm.

Energy Optimizers, USA & Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) will host a discussion on Ohio energy policy changes from 5:00-7:00 pm on November 4 at The Steam Plant in Dayton. 

Impact 100 will host a grant information session on November 5 from 9:30-11:00 am at Interact for Health. Grants are in the area of culture, environment, family, health and wellness, and education.

Invest In Neighborhoods will host the 2020 Neighborhood Summit on March 14, 2020 and proposals for speakers are open until November 11. This year's theme is "My Neighborhood Counts. Everyone Counts." 

Ohio EPA is offering Recycling Market Development Grants for recycling and organics equipment. They are hosting a webinar on November 6; intent to apply is due November 22.

Environmental Research & Education Foundation is offering grant funding for solid waste research of $15,000 to $500,000. Pre-proposal due by December 1. 

Taking Root will host its First Annual Regional Tree Canopy Professional Seminar on December 6 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Keynote speaker Peter MacDonagh will share the latest science on successful urban forestry for stormwater management.

Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

November 2 & 16: Habitat Restoration - Western Wildlife Corridor 
November 9 & 16: Plant Trees at Todd's Fork Preserve
- Cardinal Land Conservancy & Ohio Valley Forestry Fellowship

Work with our Members                    View our full Jobs page.   

Environmental Education Program Coordinator - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

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

Scripps Howard Internship - Civic Garden Center

Part Time Executive Assistant - SonLight Power

Hospitality Associate and Public Safety Assistant - MetroParks of Butler County

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