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Sustainability Spotlight: Black Lives Matter

A Sustainable and Resilient Region is a Just and Equitable Region
Green Umbrella Seeks to Bring Diverse Voices to the Environmental Movement

Green Umbrella stands in solidarity with those fighting for racial justice and the dismantling of structural racism. Black lives and voices absolutely do matter. Our culture has marginalized them for far too long, and far too many inequities continue to exist. We envision a world where every person, including Black, Indigenous and all people of color, feels safe and has the same opportunities to thrive.

Equity is one of Green Umbrella’s core values. We actively work to incorporate equity in our events and initiatives and have intentionally increased diversity among our staff and board. But we know we have not done enough to seek out and amplify voices of color as we work to create a sustainable, resilient region for all.

Many of our current areas of action specifically aim at addressing inequities that lie at the nexus of race and environmental health. Poor air quality and flooding disproportionately affect marginalized communities, and they often lack access to fresh food, greenspace and trails. Our current projects include:

  • Working with Cincinnati Public Schools to incorporate outdoor learning, relaxation, and fun for all students.

  • Pursuing opportunities to enhance the environmental health in multi-family housing.

  • Working with local hospitals to mobilize medical campuses as sources of affordable, healthy food.

  • Building a multi-racial, interfaith network of congregations dedicated to environmental stewardship and climate solutions.

  • Expanding pedestrian and bike connectivity in Avondale, Evanston and Walnut Hills, from Wasson Way to the Uptown Innovation Corridor.

We know it is essential we have diverse participation and leadership as we work to enhance the regional food system, expand our trail and bikeway network, lower our climate footprint, and make our communities more resilient. If you are interested in being part of the conversation and collaboration, please connect with us. Help design and implement systemic solutions that are rooted in the perspectives of our entire community. 

We look forward to hosting Majora Carter, an environmental justice activist and revitalization strategist, as our keynote speaker for the 2020 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit on August 5-7. This will now be a multi-day virtual event featuring additional programming at the nexus of social justice, environment and resilience (more details coming soon!).

Please stay tuned (and hold us accountable) for updates on how we are living up to our commitment to build a diverse regional environmental movement. 

- Green Umbrella Staff and Board

Our equity-oriented work is made possible in part thanks to funding from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation.

Wilson Nature Preserve

The 145-acre James L. and Frances Wilson Nature Preserve contains second-growth riparian and upland woodland. Over three miles of trails traverse the site and provide access to the lower East Fork of the Little Miami River. The stream, which supports a diverse aquatic community, is designated an Exceptional Warmwater Habitat by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Large trees and abundant wildflowers provide food and cover for many types of wildlife.

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.

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Sustainability in the Headlines

Connect with our Members!                          View our full events calendar. 

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

Virtual Green Drinks Trivia 5:30-7:00 pm, Green Umbrella
Worm Bin Composting Webinar 6:00-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

June 12: Drive-Thru Produce Pop-Ups 3:00-5:00 pm, Working In Neighborhoods

June 14: 10 Years Food + Shelter Celebration 12:00-5:00 pm, Edible Ohio Valley

June 15: Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting 12:00-1:00 pm, Hamilton County Recycling

June 16:

LEED V4.1 Ask the Experts: Healthcare 8:00-9:00 am & 1:00-2:00 pm, USGBC Ohio

WELL Building Strategies & COVID-19 2:30-3:30 pm, Cincinnati 2030 District
Canning & Freezing Vegetables 4:00-5:00 pm, OSU Extension Clermont

Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting 7:00-8:00 pm, Hamilton County Recycling

June 17:

WELL Buildings and Zero Energy 8:00-10:00am, AIA Cincinnati

Get Your Pressure Canner Ready! 10:00 am-1:00 pm, OSU Extension Clermont

Sustainable Product Manufacturing 1:00-2:00 pm, USGBC Ohio

June 18: VISION Keynote- The Middle Front 12:00-1:00 pm, AIA Cincinnati

June 20:

Urban Stream Adventure 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Mill Creek Alliance

2020 Garden Tour 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

June 23: Electrify the Future: EV Charging 1:00-2:00 pm, Cincinnati 2030 District

June 25: Waste Reduction, Everyone's Zooing It! 2:00 pm, Hamilton County Recycling

June 27: Compost Bin Sale 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Hamilton County Recycling

Professional Opportunities 

Civic Garden Center is accepting applications for their year-long Green Girls in STEM program for grades 9-12, and is waiving program fees this year. Weekly virtual meetings will begin this month and transition to monthly sessions during the school year.

EAT and Rockefeller Foundation are hosting Reimagining Food Systems: Driving Action for a Post-COVID World, a free virtual event on June 24 focused on creating a regenerative, equitable, and healthy food system.

Bank of America is offering grants grants to Expand Access to Housing Opportunities and Build Vibrant Communities. Applications are due June 26.

USDA is offering $900k for local governments to host a Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction pilot project. Applications are due June 26.

New Earth Foundation is offering small nonprofits grants to fund innovative projects that enhance life on our planet, brighten the future and further peace. Letter of Inquiry due July 1.

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.

Community Solutions is co-sponsoring Black Farming: Beyond 40 Acres and a Mule, a free two-day conference (in-person and virtual access) on September 11-12 focused on the influence of Black farmers in Ohio, preparing the next generation of underrepresented farmers, and cultivating cooperative business models.

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

Compost Bin Sale Volunteers June 27, 9:00 am-1:00 pm - Hamilton County Recycling

Hauck Botanic Gardens Workday, Community Garden Workday - alternating Fridays, 12:00-1:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

Speak Truth to Power Video Project - Ohio Citizen Action

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

Sustainability Analyst - Fifth Third Bank

Sales Representative - Donovan Energy

Certification Specialist, Operations Coordinator - OEFFA

Arborist, Conservation & Parks Technician, Part Time Park Ranger - Great Parks
Construction Manager - Urban Blooms

Senior Design Architect - emersion Design

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