March 4, 2020

Sustainability Spotlight

Award Nominations Now Open & Early-Bird Registration Closing Soon

Do you know an individual, organization or business that has achieved significant impact, implemented an innovative program, or demonstrated strong leadership in sustainability? Green Umbrella is now accepting nominations for our 2020 Sustainability Awards to be presented at the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit on May 1. Winners will be chosen in each category based upon the uniqueness, reach and carbon reduction of their project. Nominations due Friday, March 20.

Reminder: Early-bird registration closes on March 15. Secure your spot today.

Planning Your Garden? Make It a Pollinator Paradise

Bring beautiful butterflies and other pollinators to your yard by planting at least one host plant and one nectar plant. Last year, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden launched the Plant for Pollinators Challenge and 1,161 pollinator gardens were registered!

Help to double that this year with three easy steps:

  1. Plan your garden
  2. Choose the best plants
  3. Register your garden

Here's a step-by-step guide full of tips and resources.

Pilot Program Seeks to Reduce Energy Burden for Low-Income Renters

Cincinnati faces the eighth-worst energy affordability of the nation's 48 largest metro regions. Low-income households experiencing "energy poverty" are often forced to choose between paying for groceries or a heating bill. One of the goals set in the 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan is to reduce energy burden in the city by 10 percent.

A new pilot program, WarmUp Cincy, has been launched to provide low-income renters with home energy assessments,

basic energy-efficiency upgrades, educational opportunities and financial assistance. The program is a partnership between the City of Cincinnati, Community Action Agency, People Working Cooperatively, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance and American Cities Climate Challenge. Following the 90-day pilot, they plan to develop a strategy to expand the program.

Greenspace Gem: Caesar Creek Gorge

Caesar Creek Gorge is a forested gorge in Warren County that was formed by great volumes of glacial meltwater cutting down through the bedrock about 20,000 years ago. Steep walls rise to about 180 feet above the pristine creek that flows through the gorge. A 2¼-mile trail system is available for wildlife viewing. 

Greenspace Gems recognizes and celebrates natural areas in the Green Umbrella region with outstanding scenic value, biological diversity, scientific importance, or historic interest. By telling the stories of these protected places, we hope to grow public support for greenspace conservation and the organizations who are leading this work in our region.

Make an investment in the sustainability and resiliency of our region. 

Become a Green Umbrella member today!

Sustainability in the Headlines

Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar

March 6:

Women In Nature 5:30-8:00 pm, Lloyd Library & Museum

The Global Rights of Nature Movement 6:00 pm, Imago

March 7:

Great Parks Job Fair 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Spring Salamanders & Amphibians 9:30-11:00 am, MetroParks of Butler County

March 9:

Film: Living in Future's Past 6:00 pm, UC Sustainability

Urban Coyotes: Coexisting 7:00-9:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

March 10: 

End of Bloom & Grow Show Sale 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks 

Covington Bike Repair Station Ribbon Cutting 6:00-6:30 pm. Tri-State Trails

March 11:

Full Council Meeting 2:30-4:30 pm, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

Bonsai Workshop 5:00-6:00 pm, UC Sustainability

Understanding Soil Health 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Cooking and Storing Your Harvest 7:00-8:30 pm, Turner Farm Community Gardens

March 12:

Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

Green Drinks Networking Happy Hour 5:30-7:00 pm, Green Umbrella 

State of the Mill Creek Waters 6:30-8:30 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

March 14:

Great Parks Job Fair 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

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

March 15: Sustainable Home Food Production 1:00-2:00 pm Gorman Heritage Farm

March 16:

Farm to School Procurement Summit 1:00-4:00 pm, Green Umbrella

Young Professionals Meeting 5:30 pm, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful 

March 18: Gardening Healthy Traditions 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

March 19: Saving All Plants 7:00-8:00 pm, Lloyd Library & Museum

March 21:

Fruit Tree Grafting 1:00-3:00 pm, Turner Farm Community Gardens

Animal Encounter with Great Parks 1:00-2:00 pm, Western Wildlife Corridor

Professional Opportunities 

Gamble Montessori High School is hosting a Spring Market on April 11th, which will feature local artists or organizations involved in sustainable living and environmental stewardship. Vendor applications due March 5. 

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is hosting a Sustainable Urban Landscapes Symposium on March 12 from 8:00 am-6:00 pm at the zoo. Registration ends on March 5!

The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions is hosting the Growing Green 2020: Investing in Conservation and Local Food Conference from March 13-15 in Xenia, Ohio.

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

The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences is hosting a free Worldwide Online Cimate Conference from March 23-30 which will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 13, Climate Change Action. 

USGBC Ohio is hosting a LEED Green Associate Workshop on March 27 for professionals who want to get an introduction to LEED rating systems and become a LEED Green Associate. 

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. 

Volunteer with our Members

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

4/22: Earth Day Stream Cleanup - Boone County Conservation District

Farm Internship & Volunteer Farm Educator - Gorman Heritage Farm

EV Ambassadors - City of Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability

Work with our Members

Communications Intern & Events Management Intern - Green Umbrella

Community Specialist & Pollution Prevention Intern - Hamilton County Recycling

Hospitality Associate, Rental Associate, Park Maintenance Technician, & Public Safety Assistant II - MetroParks of Butler County

Intern - Enright Ridge Eco-Village

Conservation Intern - Boone County Conservation District

Recreational Seasonal Laborer Parks Seasonal Laborer - Covington Parks & Recreation 

Solar Installer, Operations Project Manager, Engineering Team Lead, Solar Sales Consultant (IN) & Solar Sales Consultant (KY) - Solar Energy Solutions 

Sales Engineer Co-op & Solar Project Manager  - Melink

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

Landscape Crew Leader - Our Land Organics

Landscape Designer & Groundskeeper - Plant Cincinnati

Horticulturalist - Cincinnati Art Museum

Seasonal Biologist - ORSANCO

Southwest Ohio Regional Director - Ohio Environmental Council

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