February 19, 2020

Sustainability Spotlight

Let's Reinvent Metro and #MoveForward on Transportation! 

Between now and March 17th, Hamilton County voters have the opportunity to "Move Forward" and vote for much-needed improvements for our roads and buses. Funded by a .8% sales tax, the initiative will reinvest $130 million per year into improving our transportation system.

Doing so would decrease the wait time for buses, expand how long buses run each day, and allow for faster trip times. Green Umbrella is proud to endorse Issue 7, joining a broad and diverse coalition of organizations and community leaders

There are many ways you can get involved and support the campaign. Sign up here to receive email updates, request a yard sign, or volunteer during early voting or on election day.

Get Certified in Hamilton County as a 513 Green Workplace

Green Umbrella is proud to announce a new green business certification program in Hamilton County, developed in collaboration with the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.

The 513 Green Business Certification is a sustainability certification that recognizes and promotes businesses in Hamilton County that voluntarily operate in an environmentally responsible manner through sustainable actions. The certification is open to offices of any size and is achievable no matter if your business rents office space or owns your building.

The certification demonstrates that your business is committed to sustainability across 5 categories: sustainable action, waste diversion, transportation and air quality, water conservation and energy conservation. 

This Friday: "Story of Plastic" Pre-Release Film Screening & Discussion

Did you know that there is a massive petrochemical buildout planned in the Ohio River Valley, with 25 factories that would convert fracked fossil fuels into virgin plastics? These facilities would have an enormous carbon footprint and pose further dangers to our drinking water.

Green Umbrella is joining a broad coalition of non-profits and activist groups co-sponsoring a film screening and discussion on how these industry plans put our drinking water at risk. Join us on Friday, February 21 from 6:00-9:00 pm at St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church to learn about the issue and ways our community can work together to address it. Your RSVP is greatly appreciated.

The Story of Plastic, which is currently touring the film festival circuit, presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis, exploring one of the world's most pressing environmental issues and the global resistance fighting back.

Join others passionate about sustainability at Green Umbrella's Book Club, where we explore cutting edge regenerative thought leadership. Please RSVP.

For our Spring 2020 book we have selected "The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis" by Christina Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, the architects of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. We will discuss the first half on March 26 and the second half on April 23.

The book comes out on February 25. To pre-order it and receive a 20% discount call Joseph Beth Booksellers at (513) 396-8960. 

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Sustainability in the Headlines

Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

February 21: Seed Swap 5:00-8:00 pm, Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage

February 22: Maple on Tap 2:00-7:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

February 22 & 23: Maple Sugar Days 12:00 am-4:00 pm, Great Parks

February 23: 

Field Trip: Urban Waterfowl on Great Miami River 8:00 am, Audubon Society

Brunch and Clean 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Maple Tapping and Tasting 1:00-3:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

February 24: 

Australia Fire Fundraiser Beer Launch 11:00 am-11:00 pm, HighGrain Brewery

Young Professionals Council Meeting 5:30 pm, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

February 25:

Annual Membership Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

Drawdown Solutions 7:00-9:00 pm, Pachamama Alliance 

February 26:

Landscaping Class 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Cultivating a Healthy Garden 7:00-8:30 pm, Turner Farm Community Garden Program

February 27:

How to Cook the Best Diet for You 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Artist/Naturalist Presentation 7:00 pm, Mount St. Joseph University

February 28: Sharing the Love Fundraiser 5:00-10:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

February 29: 

Backyard Habitat for Beginner Birders 9:00-10:30 am, Cincinnati Parks

Repair Fair 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Imago

Build a Beehive 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm

Pruning Workshop 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Groundwork Ohio River Valley

100 Years of Making Democracy Work Gala 5:00 pm, League of Women Voters

March 1: Scraps Rescued Food Cook-Off 2:00-6:00 pm, Rhinegeist Brewery

March 3: Drawdown Solutions 7:00-9:00 pm, Pachamama Alliance

March 4:  

Basic Organic Vegetable Farming 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Create Your Garden Plan 7:00-8:30 pm, Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Intro to Astronomy 8:00-10:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

March 6:

Rights of Nature Series 6:00 pm, Imago

Botany and Brews 6:00-8:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

Professional Opportunities 

Hamilton County Recycling is offering a Waste Reduction Innovation Grants of up to $10,000 to communities, schools, nonprofits & businesses. Food waste reduction assistance is also available for mid- to high-volume food service operators via the Greater Cincinnati Smart Kitchen Initiative.

Taking Root is hosting the 7th Annual Great Tree Summit on February 29. Learn about local tree and forest initiatives and opportunities, enjoy the exhibits and refreshments, and network with other tree enthusiasts.

Cincinnati Permaculture Institute is hosting a 2020 Winter Permaculture Design Course at Treasure Lake Education Center over five weekends, from February 22 to March 22. 

The World Environment Federation Stormwater Institute is hosting the 2020 National Stormwater Symposium from March 15-17 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. 

The International WELL Building Institute is hosting the 2020 Well Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona from March 29-April 1. 

The National Wildlife Federation is hosting an online EcoCareers Conference April 1-2 for students and young professionals on employment trends and the competencies employers seek in the green sector. 

Boone County Conservation offers educational grants for teacher or student led school conservation projects on an ongoing basis.  

Volunteer with our Members

2/22, 3/7 & 4/18: Forest Restoration - Civic Garden Center

2/29: Water Quality Monitoring Training & 2020 Events - Mill Creek Alliance

Farm Internship & Volunteer Farm Educator - Gorman Heritage Farm

Work with our Members

Education Coordinator - Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District

Community Engagement Coordinator & Warehouse Assistant/Delivery Driver - Cincinnati ToolBank

Horticulture Technician - Urban Blooms

Green Team (Summer 2020) - Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Summer Intern - Campbell County Conservation District

Summer Camp Coordinator, Junior & Senior Camp Counselors - Gorman Heritage Farm

Summer Camp Coordinator  - Gorman Heritage Farm

Summer Internship - Civic Garden Center

Landscape Crew Leader - Our Land Organics

Landscape Designer & Groundskeeper - Plant Cincinnati

Pollution Prevention Intern - Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District

HVAC Technicians - Melink Corporation

Arboretum Intern - Boone County Arboretum
Horticulturalist - Cincinnati Art Museum

Seasonal Intern/Co-op - Hamilton County Soil and Water District

Seasonal Biologist - ORSANCO

Southwest Ohio Regional Director - Ohio Environmental Council

Financial Analyst and Co-op Business Developer - Co-op Cincy

Summer Camp Intern - Imago

Junior and Senior Camp Counselors

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