November 13, 2019

Sustainability Spotlight

Let's Be Thankful for Local Food This Harvest Season

The Thanksgiving holiday is a perfect time for family and friends to come together over dishes of fresh, local food. Green Umbrella has gathered a list of where to find local ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal. Greater Cincinnati has many local options for purchasing fresh, farm-raised turkey and produceTake advantage of seasonal and year-round farmers markets in your area, or shop online through Our Harvest Cooperative and Local Food Connection

We also invite you to join us at a Harvest Celebration, hosted by the Hyde Park Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, November 26th in Hyde Park Square. It will be a fun, festive event that makes supporting the local food community easy!

City of Cincinnati Launches Neighborhood Leadership Academy

The City of Cincinnati's Neighborhood Leadership Academy will provide residents with valuable tools and resources to better understanding how city government works and equip participants with the knowledge necessary to make them more engaged residents and civic leaders in their neighborhoods. The program is free and will begin Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Sessions topics include city planning, the budget process, development, technology and public health.

Register Today for Green Umbrella's 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 andconnect 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!

The Road Ahead for Cincinnati's Transportation Levy

Last week, Cincinnati took the first step towards funding better mass transportation! Voters chose to eliminate a 0.3% earnings tax, contingent upon passing county-wide sales tax increase for transit next year. If passed, the sales tax increase will boost much-needed funding for bus services, road and bridge projects. Learn more about the Reinventing Metro plan, which includes Bus Rapid Transit, new and better routes, longer and more frequent service, and weekend and crosstown service routes.

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 staffed Initiatives: Tri-State Trails, the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, and the Cincinnati 2030 District.

Join us at Green Drinks Tomorrow

The final Green Drinks of 2019 will be hosted by the Transportation Action Team on November 14. Join us at Comfort Station from 5:30-7:00 pm to network with others interested in sustainability. A dollar from each drink will benefit Green Umbrella.

Attend an Action Team Meeting

November 15 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

November 19 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

November 21 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

Please note:
The Action Team program has been restructured and teams will have their final meetings in November, 2019. We are excited to launch a new set of Impact Teams, which will begin meeting in early 2020.

Join us at our Annual Meeting on December 10 to learn more about how you can get involved!

Sustainability in the Headlines

Groundwork Ohio River Valley Diversifies Cincinnati's Environmental Movement, Soapbox

P&G Reaches Goal of 100% Renewable Electricity, Environment and Energy Leader

UC Recognized as Top Performing School for Sustainability, The News Record

Ohio Announces $105 Million in Grants for Public Transit System, WOSU

Cincinnati Co-op Incubator to Host National Cooperative Symposium This Week, City Beat

In the Fifth Year of #OptOutside, REI Encourages Members to "Opt to Act," REI

Clearing the Air on the Costs of Pollution, EconoFact

Water Ceremony & Protest Against Gas and Petrochemical Industries, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Solve the Biodiversity Crisis, Scientific American

Ohio Pipeline Protest Bill Threatens to Shut Down Free Speech, The Columbus Dispatch

Will the Public End Up Paying to Clean Up the Fracking Boom?, EcoWatch

Judge Rejects Appeal for More Time for HB6 Referendum Signatures, The Columbus Dispatch

How to Recycle Broken or Unwanted Holiday Lights, WVXU

Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

November 14:

Indigenous Sovereignty and Native Food 6:00 pm, NKU

Fall Harvest Pizza Dinner 6:00-9:00 pm, Northside Farmers Market 

Sun Hunny II Keg Tapping 6:00 pm-12:00 am - Civic Garden Center

November 15:

Cincy Block Party 7:00-11:00 pm, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Walk & Wine at Holiday in Lights 6:00-8:00 pm - Great Parks of Hamilton County

November 16:

The 20th Anniversary Celebration 6:00-9:00 pm, Boone County Conservation District

Pursuit of the Rare, Cool & the Weird 4:00-6:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum

Green Gala 6:00-9:00 pm, Ohio Environmental Council

November 17: DIY Reusable Wax Food Wrap 1:00-3:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

November 18:

Film: Trees in Trouble 6:00 pm, UC Sustainability

"Hall of Fame" Celebration 4:30-6:30 pm, Working in Neighborhoods

November 19: Drawdown Solutions- Getting into Action 7:00-9:00 pm, Pachamama Alliance of the Cincinnati Area

November 20:

Rumpke Recycling Tour 9:30 am, UC Sustainability

Connecting Active Communities 3:00-5:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

November 21: Cincinnati Chapter Meeting 6:30-7:30 pm, Citizen's Climate Lobby

November 23:

Photowalking 3:30-5:30 pm, Fernald Preserve

Nature Art Show 3:00-6:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

November 24: Show & Tell on the Farm 2:00-4:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

November 27: Celebrate the Changing Season 10:45 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Professional Opportunities 

The Ohio EPA is offering Recycling Market Development Grants for recycling and organics equipment. 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.

The World Resources Institute will award $25,000 to $100,000 for watershed stewardship projects in NKY. Request for proposals closes on December 6. 

The Keeling Curve Prize awards $25,000 to ten projects each year that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase uptake. They are now accepting applications for the 2020 prize

Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

November 15: Trail Clearance at Bagdley Run - Great Parks of Hamilton County

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

November 17: Permaculture Action Day - Cincinnati Permaculture Institute

Work with our Members                    View our full Jobs page.   

Program Coordinator - Produce Perks Midwest 

Environmental Education Program Coordinator - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Scripps Howard Internship - Cincinnati Nature Center

Part Time Executive Assistant - SonLight Power

Program Coordinator & Outdoor Educator - MetroParks of Butler County

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