December 11, 2019

Sustainability Spotlight

Green Umbrella Launches New Impact Teams

Last night Green Umbrella hosted its Annual Meeting. Over 170 members gathered to share stories, connect on ideas and hear what Green Umbrella has planned for the coming year!

Executive Director, Ryan Mooney-Bullock, talked about the fruits of our strategic planning process, the highlights of which are a new mission and vision, and a new set of Impact Areas (People, Policy, Built Environment and Landscape) and Impact Teams to help us get there. 

Learn more about the new teams and then complete this form to plug in. If you give us your feedback by Monday, December 16, we will be able to include your interest in our first round of communications around the teams.

What Is Your Green Resolution for 2020?

Now is a great time to start thinking about how you can have a bigger impact in 2020 - both personally and professionally. Share your resolution and tag us on social media!

Green resolutions can be as simple as remembering to bring your reusable coffee cup with you or as involved as installing rooftop solar. Thinking about installing LED lights, better insulation or more efficient appliances at home? Perhaps you will make an effort to start carpooling or taking public transport. Or maybe you plan to eat more local and sustainable foods, begin composting, or try going plastic-free.

    You can also be an advocate at work by encouraging your employer to begin recycling, start a green team or create one new green job at your organization. Imagine the impact it would have if all 218 of our member organizations created one new green job in 2020.

    Greenspace Gem: Shaker Trace Wetlands

    Shaker Trace Wetlands is part of the Miami Whitewater Forest. Some 465 species of native plants now thrive in the 600-acre wetland-grassland complex. The restored wetlands support diverse animal communities, including more than 240 recorded species of birds.

    Check out our region's other Greenspace Gems!

    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 this Friday, 12/13.

    Sustainability in the Headlines

    NKU Becomes the First in KY to Join Cincinnati's 2030 District, NKY Tribune

    UC Sustainability Revamps Environmental Literacy Certificate, The News Record

    274-Mile Ohio River Trail Gains Federal Assist, Cincinnati Business Courier

    Metro Sales Tax Headed to Ballot in March, Cincinnati Enquirer

    Senator Portman Talks Trash, as in the Importance of Recycling, WVXU

    Cincinnati Streetcar Moves Towards Eliminating Fares, Cincinnati Enquirer

    Dark Waters Tells the Story of a Public Health Nightmare We're Still Living With, Grist

    What the Ohio River Petrochemical Buildout Means, KyCIR

    Opponents Line Up Against Ohio Bill Targeting Wind Farms, Statehouse News Bureau 

    Bill Would Provide $28 Million to Protect Ohio's Endangered Species, CityBeat

    Ohio Divided on Plastic Bag Bans, Cincinnati Enquirer

    Americans Broadly Accept Climate Science But are Fuzzy About Details, Washington Post

    The Environmental Cost of Fashion, NPR

    Neighborhoods with More People of Color Pay Higher Energy Bills, CityLab

    Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

    December 11: Young Professionals EV Event 6:30-8:30 pm, City of Cincinnati

    December 12:

    Soup and Swag 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Boone County Arboretum 

    Schoolyard Garden Teacher Workshop 3:30-5:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

    Fantastic Fungi Film Screening 7:00 pm, Green Umbrella

    December 13:

    Storytelling with Santa 11:30 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Winter Camping Workshop 6:30-8:30 pm, REI

    December 14:

    Christmas Bird Count 7:00 am-1:00 pm, Audubon Society

    Animals in Winter 3:00-4:00 pm, Boone County Conservation District

    Victorian Holiday Dinner 4:00-7:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

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

    December 15: Upcycled Holidays 1:00-3:00 pm, Imago

    December 17:

    Public Hearing 1:00 pm, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati

    Yoga After Work 5:30 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

    December 19: Chapter Meeting 6:30-7:30 pm, Citizen's Climate Lobby

    December 21:

    Surviving Winter Hike 10:30 am-12:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

    Holiday Open House 12:00-4:00 pm, Lloyd Library & Museum

    Winter Solstice Celebration 6:30-8:30 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

    December 25: Great Parks Free Entry Day, Great Parks of Hamilton County

    December 26: Intro to Sustainable Home Food Production 1:00-3:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

    Professional Opportunities 

    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. 

    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. Submissions are due January 31.

    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.

    12/7 - Cleanup By Land at Evendale Commons - Mill Creek Alliance

    12/14 - Habitat Restoration at Avon Woods - Cincinnati Parks

    12/20 - Trail Clearance at Badgley Run - Cincinnati Parks

    12/21 - Treeforestation at Walnut Hills Woods - Civic Garden Center & Cincinnati Parks

    Work with our Members                    View our full Jobs page.    

    Manager of Research - NKY Tri-Ed

    Political Director - Ohio Environmental Council

    Plant Operator - Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati

    Chief Operating Officer - Great Parks of Hamilton County

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