February 5, 2020

Sustainability Spotlight

Panel & Art Exhibit Seeks to Redefine "Farm to Cafeteria"

    Join the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue and Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council for a Farm to Cafeteria panel discussion on Institutional Purchasing of Local Foods. The event also features the launch of Edible City: An Art Atlas, with an interactive art exhibit that visually explores our local foodshed's past, present and future.

    Come eat, drink and discuss improving our local food system. Learn how farmers, connectors and institutional food service providers are redefining Farm to Cafeteria. Wednesday, February 19 from 6:00-9:00 pm. Please RSVP.

    Local Family Events Celebrate Maple Syrup Season 

    Winter offers the opportunity learn about the centuries old practice of harvesting and sugaring maple sap.

    Join Great Parks of Hamilton County for Maple Sugar Days, February 22 and 23, featuring fun activities, crafts, hikes and maple treats. Then head to the Cincinnati Nature Center for Maple on Tap, a family-friendly celebration on February 23, featuring interactive sap collecting hikes, maple trivia and a maple beer by HighGrain Brewing.

    Help Guide Our Region's 2050 Transportation Plan

    What transportation needs and issues are most important to you? Take a short survey and to provide your input into the future for our region's transportation.

    The OKI 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan will guide regional transportation improvements through the year 2050 by defining the policies, programs, and projects that will be implemented over the next 30 years.

    Greenspace Gem: Valley View Nature Preserve

    Greenspace Gems recognizes and celebrates natural areas in the Greater Cincinnati region with outstanding scenic value, biological diversity, scientific importance, or historic interest. 

    Valley View Nature Preserve is a 190-acre preserve in the City of Milford, that conserves streams, floodplain and upland forests, grasslands planted with prairie species, and ephemeral and riparian wetlands. The site borders over a mile of the East Fork of the Little Miami River. Five miles of trails crisscross the property. Visitors can find a community garden, historic farm buildings and an education center.

    Check out our region's many Greenspace Gems!

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    Sustainability in the Headlines

    Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

    February 5: 

    Lecture: Creating a Climate Oasis 5:00-6:30 pm, UC Sustainability

    Class: Designing Your Landscape 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

    February 7: Rights of Nature Series 6:00-8:00 pm, Imago

    February 8: 

    Green Home Tour 10:00 am-12:00 pm, USGBC

    Chainsaw Safety Training 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Cardinal Land Conservancy

    Goat Milk Soap Making 2:00-4:00 pm, Gorman Heritage Farm 

    February 9: Love is Chocolate 2:00-3:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

    February 10: 

    Film: Dark Money 6:00-7:30 pm, UC Sustainability

    Beekeeping 101 (Part 1 of 3) 6:00-9:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

    February 11:

    Spring Ephemerals 6:00-7:30 pm, Civic Garden Center

    Mt. Airy Forest Trails - Community Discussion 7:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks 

    Drawdown Solutions (Part 1 of 5) 7:00-9:00 pm, Pachamama Alliance 

    February 12:

    Lecture: The Human Faces of Climate Change 12:30-1:30 pm, UC Sustainability

    Class: Best Trees & Shrubs for Your Landscape 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

    February 13: 

    Rumpke Recycling Tour 2:00-3:00 pm, UC Sustainability

    Sharing the Love for WWC Fundraiser 5:00-10:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

    February 15: 

    Live Stake Harvesting 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation

    Murder Mystery Valentine's Dinner 6:00-9:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

    February 18: Topics in Astronomy: Pluto 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory

    February 19:

    Gardening with Nature 7:00-8:30 pm, Turner Farm Community Garden Program

    Class: Bring Color & Pollinators to Your Landscape 7:00-9:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

    Professional Opportunities 

    Hamilton County Recycling is hosting a two-day Community Composting Training with the Rust Belt Riders on February 20-21 for those who want to learn how to efficiently create and maintain a small-scale community composting site.

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

    The Ohio Ecological Farm and Food Association is hosting the 41st Annual OEFFA Conference, "A Climate For Change," from February 13-15 in Dayton, Ohio.

    The Endangered Species Coalition and National Wildlife Federation is holding a 2020 Saving Endangered Species College Student Art Project. Entries are due by February 16. 

    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. Early bird registration is available until February 17.

    Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is offering waste innovation grantsof up to $10,000. Proposals will be accepted until funding runs out.

    Boone County Conservation offers grants, technical support, and advice for teacher or student led school conservation projects on an ongoing basis.  

    Volunteer with our Members

    2/8: Community Volunteer Work Day at Hauck Botanical Garden - Cincinnati Parks

    2/15: Live Stake Harvesting at Heritage Park - Ohio River Foundation

    2/15: Great Backyard Bird Count - Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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

    Work with our Members

    Landscape Crew Leader - Our Land Organics

    Summer Internship - Civic Garden Center

    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

    Farm Intern - Gorman Heritage Farm

    Southwest Ohio Regional Director - Ohio Environmental Council

    Seasonal Biologist - ORSANCO

    Summer Camp Intern - Imago

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

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