November 26, 2019

Sustainability Spotlight

A Solar-Powered Future for Cincinnati 

Cincinnati will have the largest city-owned solar project in the nation thanks to the work of the City of Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability staff.

Last week, Mayor John Cranley announced that a new solar farm anticipated to be completed in 2021 will generate enough electricity to power 25,000 homes and save Cincinnati an estimated $1.7 million over the length of a 20 year contract. It will consist of 310,000 solar panels and will cover about 1,000 acres in Highland County. This clean, renewable energy will power all city facilities and serve residents through the Cincinnati Electric Aggregation Program

#OptOutside and Opt To Act this Black Friday

Join REI in opting outside on Black Friday! The co-op is paying its 13,000 employees to spend the day outside and encouraging shoppers to do so as well. Check out our events calendar for ways you can #optoutside.

But opting outside is just the beginning. REI is calling for a nationwide day of action to kick off a year of change. Continue to act with 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active and leave the world better than you found it.

#GivingTuesday with Green Umbrella

The harvest season is a great time to reflect on gratitude and abundance. At Green Umbrella, we are grateful for the many sustainability champions in our region who have served on our action teams over the past 9 years. As we launch a new set of impact teams, we invite you to help amplify our collective impact.

Chip in today to invest in this important work and receive the following gifts as a token of our sincere gratitude:

  • Give the gift of a Green Umbrella membership! All donations of $35 or more receive a one-year individual membership - for you or as a gift for someone else.
  • Become a sustaining member with a monthly gift of $10 and receive a signature Green Umbrella reusable water bottle.
  • Become a sustaining member with a monthly gift of $25 and receive a limited-edition umbrella (made from recycled plastic bottles). 

Let's create a better world together!

Call for Proposals: Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit

Share your expertise at the 2020 Midwest Sustainability Summit! We are seeking proposals for panels, workshops and presentations that explore the concept of becoming a regenerative region. Proposals are due 12/13.

Greenspace Gem:
Benedict Botanical Preserve

This 65-acre forested preserve holds rare plant species. The University of Cincinnati has carried out biological studies here since the 1920s, when they purchased the property at the urging of pioneer ecologist E. Lucy Braun. The site’s name honors Harris Miller Benedict, chair of the University’s Botany Department at the time of his death in 1928. 

Volunteers can participate in an annual project to remove invasive honeysuckle, held in November. See the U.C. Biology Department’s Facebook page or contact the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society.

Green Umbrella Annual Meeting: December 10

The Action Team program has been restructured and final Action Team meetings were held this month. Join us at our Annual Meeting on December 10 to learn more about how you can get involved and connect into our new Impact Teams, which will begin meeting in early 2020! 


Thank you to our event sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Great Parks of Hamilton County, Commute with Enterprise, Cintas, Bruggeman Center for Dialogue, Cohen Recycling, Cintrifuse, Gerald Checco and Ryan Mooney-Bullock.

Not 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!

Sustainability in the Headlines

Cincinnati Spells Out Specifics For Massive Solar Project, WVXU

Devou Good Project to Donate 1000 Bike Racks and 5 Repair Stations, WCPO

NKU Joins the Cincinnati 2030 District for Urban Sustainability, NKU 

The WRI Wants to Finance Projects That Will Protect Northern Kentucky's Water, NKY Thrives 

UC Organizations Partner to Promote a Sustainable Holiday Season, The News Record

Moving off Steam: Utility Master Plan Provides Path Towards Carbon Neutrality, myMiami

Maryland Ave Set to Become Next West Side Bike, Walking Trail, WCPO

Is Louisville's Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions Ambitious Enough?, WFPL

Remaking Neighborhood Parks, One Community at a Time, NKY Thrives 

Cincinnati Students Learn the Impact of Sustainability & Recycling, Cision PR Newswire

How to Recycle Broken and Holiday Lights, WVXU

Using VR to Communicate Immediacy of Climate Change, NPR

Keep on Recycling America, But Companies Must Do Their Part Too, Waste Dive

The U.S. Natural Gas Boom is Fueling a Global Plastics Boom, NPR

Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

November 27:

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

November 29: 

5th Annual Plaid Friday Hike 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Imago 

9th Annual Walk Your Stuffing Off 1:00-4:30 pm, Fernald Preserve

November 29-December 1:

Nature's Niche "Sale-A-Bration" Great Parks of Hamilton County 

December 4:

Sustainability Luncheon 11:30 am-1:00 pm, USGBC

Botanical Wreath Making Workshop 6:00-8:00 pm, Lloyd Library & Museum

December 5: Upcycled Holidays 6:00-8:00 pm, Imago

December 6:

Healthy Buildings Educational Series 4:00-5:00 pm, emersion Design LLC

Mint Wine Making 6:00-8:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm
Holiday Skies Planetarium Show 7:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

December 7:
Soup and Swag 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum
Nature Snacks and Merry Crafts 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

Late Night Date Night
10:30 pm-12:00 am, Cincinnati Observatory

December 8: ABC's of Farm Life 2:00-4:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County 

December 9:

Film: Chasing Coral 6:00 pm, UC Sustainability

Ski and Snowboard Waxing Workshop 6:30 pm, REI

December 10:

Annual Holiday Celebration 6:00-8:30 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

Holiday Party 5:30-8:30 pm, USGBC 

December 11:

Wilderness Medicine Workshop 6:30-8:30 pm, REI

Young Professionals EV Event 6:30-8:30 pm, City of Cincinnati

Professional Opportunities 

The Rockefeller Foundation is offering a Food Systems Vision Prize worth up to $200,000 for each recipient, and up to $2 million total distributed. Early submission is due December 5.

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. 

Bloomberg Philanthropies is offering Asphalt Art Initiative Awards of up to $25,000 for pedestrian safety projects. Applications are due by December 12. 

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.

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. 

SWANA is hosting the 2020 SWANApalooza from March 23-26, which showcases technologies and resources to transform waste into a resource. The early bird discount ends on February 7.

Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

11/28: Thanksgiving Day Race Registration - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful 
12/7: Cleanup By Land, Evendale Commons
- Mill Creek Alliance 

Work with our Members                    View our full Jobs page.   

Chief Operating Officer - Great Parks of Hamilton County

Scripps Howard Internship - Cincinnati Nature Center

Program Coordinator & Outdoor Educator - MetroParks of Butler County

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