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Sustainability Spotlight

Cincinnati Ranks #5 in Nation for Parks

Cincinnati's parks have been ranked 5th in the nation by Trust for Public Land, moving up three spots from last year. Their ParkScore rating is based on four characteristics: access, acreage, investment and amenities.

A vibrant park system provides an essential service for residents to stay healthy and connect with nature. With 306 parks spanning over 5,000 acres, 82% of Cincinnati's population resides within a 10 minute walk of a park, compared to a national average of 55%.

We are proud to live in a region with such vibrant and

accessible greenspaces. Learn more about the ParkScore rankings and explore maps showing park access (and where to focus future investments) in 14,000 cities and towns.

Here's What We Know About Summer Camps

Looking for fun summer camp activities for your kids? We've compiled a list of virtual and in-person summer camps offered by Green Umbrella members. You can also check out the Cincinnati Summer Camps Guide for more options.

  • Imago Backyard Adventures brings week long experiences to your backyard. Kids will receive a kit of special materials to complete activities and join video meetings where they receive guidance and interact with other campers.
  • Gorman Heritage Farm offers a variety of in-person summer day camps for kids to interact with farm animals, explore the woods, play outdoor games and harvest and prepare their own snacks.
  • Cincinnati Zoo is offering virtual summer camps with interactive activities, games, animal encounters and virtual hikes through the zoo.
  • Great Parks of Hamilton County is offering virtual day camps for kids to participate in interactive online sessions and at-home outdoor missions.
  • Cincinnati Parks will host limited in-person Explore Nature Summer Camps for kids already registered.

Hamilton County Makes Generational Investment in Transportation 

Voters took a historic step by passing Issue 7, which expands funding for a better bus system. The much needed investment will improve access to jobs, education and health care.

“We look forward to working with the community to implement the Reinventing Metro Plan and to partner with local governments to fix critical infrastructure in Hamilton County” said Kreg Keesee, chair of the SORTA Board.

Congratulations to the Move Forward campaign and all our fellow transporation advocates that helped make it happen.

Save the Date: Farm to Table Virtual Cooking Class Fundraiser

Join us from the comfort of your home for a locavore dinner for two (or four) and a virtual cooking lesson by a surprise guest chef! 

Reserve your spot today to receive a locally-sourced meal kit delivered to your door and a link to join the interactive event on Thursday, July 16. Wine pairing suggestions, trivia and breakout chat rooms will add entertainment to the evening.

This event is a fundraiser for the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, which works to create a healthy, equitable, sustainable food system for all within the 10 county region.

Becoming a Regenerative Region: Transportation & Food Systems

Join us this Friday at 3:00 pm for a discussion on the how our food and transportation systems can help create a connected and regenerative regionSpeakers will include Alan Wight, Taylor Liggins and Wade Johnston.

This biweekly webinar series offers a preview of topics to be featured at the 2020 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit, which has been rescheduled for August 6. Early bird registration closes July 1. Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are available.

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

Donate and become a Green Umbrella member today!

Sustainability in the Headlines

Connect with our Members!                          View our full events calendar. 


Parks @ Home weekdays at 10:00 am, Great Parks of Hamilton County
Home Safari Facebook Live Tuesdays & Thursdays at 3:00 pm, Cincinnati Zoo

Dean Regas Live Tuesdays at 7:00 pm, Cincinnati Observatory
Constellation Station Live Thursdays at 11:00 am, Cincinnati Observatory

Facebook Live on the Farm Fridays at 11:00 am, Gorman Heritage Farm

May 28: Best Practices for Going Back to the Office 12:00-1:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

May 29: Pre-Summit Webinar: Transportation and Food Systems 3:00-4:00 pm, Green Umbrella
May 30:
Reforest NKY: Trunk a Tree 9:30-12:30 pm, Northern Kentucky Urban & Community Forestry Council

June 2: Emerging Professionals Virtual Happy Hour 5:30-6:30 pm, AIA Cincinnati

June 3: Wild Wednesdays: Stingray Studies 10:00-11:00 am, Kenton County Parks & Recreation
June 4: Rethinking Networking in a Virtual World 4:00-5:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

June 5: Approaching Net Zero: Solutions for Commercial Buildings 12:15-1:30 pm, USGBC Ohio

June 11:
Greening Ohio's Correctional System 1:00-2:00 pm, USGBC Ohio
Clean Energy in the Age of Coronavirus 1:15-2:15 pm, Green Energy Ohio

E-Vroom Zoom: Choosing the Right EV 2:00-3:00 pm, City of Cincinnati

Green Drinks Trivia 5:30-7:00 pm, Green Umbrella
Worm Bin Compost Workshop 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

June 12: Pre-Summit Webinar: Water and Greenspace 3:00-4:00 pm, Green Umbrella

Professional Opportunities 

USGBC will host a virtual Equity Summit on May 28 and 29 where sustainability advocates, social and environmental justice leaders, and economic and community development experts will share how their work acts on equity by creating better lives for people and through moving the needle for green buildings, cities, and communities.

Core Consulting is offering a webinar on Appreciative Inquiry, an organizational transformation tool that can help you reimagine your post-pandemic organization, on June 3. 

Pachamama Alliance is hosting the Game Changer Intensive, an 8-week online course to inspire and equip you to become a game changing leader in the world. Enroll by June 7. They also offer an ongoing online course, Awakening the Dreamer, which invites you to reflect and discover opportunities to create a new environmental future. 

USDA is offering $900k for local governments to host a Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction pilot project. They will host a webinar on June 4 and applications are due June 26.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation is offering Learning Links + COVID-19 Classroom Relief grants of up to $1000 for K-12 projects, events, classroom and after-school programming, and service learning projects to address learning loss due to COVID. Proposals due August 7.

PEDCO and emersion DESIGN will host the 2020 REBUILD conference, focused on sustainability in the built environment, on October 1. This year’s theme is Resiliency, centered around high impactful strategies and tactics for REbuilding, REjuvinating and REvitalizing the Midwest.

Volunteer with our Members

Trosset Wildflower Sanctuary Volunteers, Farm Internship, Volunteer Farm Educator - Gorman Heritage Farm

Glean and Share Volunteers - Society of St Andrew & Vitality Cincinnati

Work with our Members

Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, Part Time Park Ranger, Full Time Riding Instructor - Great Parks of Hamilton County
Construction Manager
 - Urban Blooms

Americorps Community Service Program - Cincinnati Zoo

Part Time Naturalist - Bulls Run Sanctuary and Arboretum

Senior Design Architect - Emersion Design

Note: Hiring freezes may affect the current status of some of these job offerings. 

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