June 12, 2019 

Sustainability Spotlight 

Join Us for a Sustainability Summit and 2030 District Green Drinks

The 2019 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit is this Friday! Online registration is now closed, but you can still register on site. Want to get a head start on your Sustainability Summit networking? Join us for Green Drinks with the 
Cincinnati 2030 District sponsored by E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). Stop by Taft's Ale House from 5:30-7:00 pm on Thursday, June 13 to learn how the 2030 District is transforming downtown Cincinnati through a collective commitment by building owners to reduce their energy use, water consumption and transportation emissions by 50%!

Project Mullet Installs Two New Rain Gardens at Local Schools

Green Umbrella's Watershed Action Team finished up two rain garden installations last month at North College Hill Middle School and Roll Hill Elementary School. Part of Project Mullet, the rain gardens will help capture and slow down stormwater runoff, aiding in keeping our local watershed clean and healthy. You can help clean up our waterways by volunteering for the Ohio River Sweep this Saturday, June 15! 

Summer Farmer's Markets Are Now Open

The first day of summer is June 21 which means it's time for seasonal farmer's markets! Check out the CORV Local Food Guide for a complete list of regional markets and other resources on eating local. Many of the local markets also accept Produce Perks, which doubles the purchasing power of SNAP shoppers to buy fresh, healthy produce from local farmers. 

Action Teams

Action Teams bring together people and organizations who share common goals around environmental issue areas. Teams implement strategies to drive progress on our 2020 GoalsGreen Umbrella also has three Initiatives: Tri-State Trails, the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, and the Cincinnati 2030 District.

Greenspace Gems: Highland Cemetery

Established on farmland in 1869, Highland Cemetery includes 300 acres of community nature preserve. The second-growth forest supports wildflowers, black squirrels and an abundance of other species. 4 miles of trails cover 150 acres of undeveloped property providing opportunity to see waterfalls, an old spring house and wildlife nest boxes. 

Take a trip out to Highland Cemetery and take some great shots for its photo contest! Cash prizes will be awarded, and 12 photos will be featured in the 2020 Calendar. 

Attend an Action Team Meeting

June 18 @ 1:00 pm Greenspace

June 20 @ 1:30 pm Transportation

June 21 @ 12:00 pm Waste Reduction

July 10 @ 8:30 am Energy

July 10 @ 2:30 pm Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

July 11 @ 11:00 am Local Food

July 12 @ 9:30 am Watershed

Sustainability in the Headlines

Cincinnati City Council Budget Proposals Restore Funding to Programs, CityBeat

Opinion: Cincinnati Can Lead the Nation in Sustainability, Cincinnati Enquirer

Your Cincinnati Parks: Building Better Lives and Better Communities, Local 12

States Will Be Able to Opt Out of Ohio River Pollution Control Standards, CityBeat

Pike County Begins Gathering Data on Cancer Cases, Columbus Dispatch

Group Travels to Louisville from Cincinnati - By Canoe, Cincinnati Enquirer

P&G to Test Refillable Skin Care Packaging to Cut Plastic Waste, Cincinnati Business Courier

New Report Details Challenges and Opportunities for Ohio Agriculture, OEFFA

Study: Protected Bike Lanes Are Safer for Drivers, Too, CityLab

84 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump, NY Times

Cincinnati’s Melink Aims for Zero-Energy Building in New HQ2, Cincinnati Business Courier

The World Needs Topsoil to Grow 95% of Its Food – but It's Disappearing, The Guardian

Walnut Hills is Test Site for Online Food Delivery App to Solve Food Desert Problem, WCPO

Connect with our Members!               View our full events calendar.      

June 12: Sun Hunny Beer Launch 6:30-8:00 pm, Rhinegeist & Civic Garden Center

June 13:

Green Drinks with the 2030 District 5:30-7:00 pm, Green Umbrella

Worm Bin Workshop 6:30-8:00 pm, Civic Garden Center

June 14:

Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Green Umbrella

Half Gallon Fruit Jars 7:30 pm, Walterhoope

June 15:

Intermediate Birding at Long Branch Farm 8:00-11:00 am, Cincinnati Nature Center

Kayaking Basics: River Fundamentals 1:00-4:00 pm, Great Parks of Hamilton County

June 16: Heritage Walk: Architecture & Landscape Design 2:00-4:30 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center

June 17:

Young Professionals Council Meeting 5:30-7:00 pm, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Anote's Ark Screening 6:30-8:30 pm, Mike Roman

Listening: A Skill for Identifying Herpetofauna 7:00 pm, Audubon Society of Ohio

June 18: Trail Yoga 6:00-7:00 pm, MetroParks of Butler County

June 19:

Kentucky Wildlife 9:30-11:00 am, Kenton County Parks & Recreation

Year of Living Sustainably: Transportation 6:30-8:00 pm, City of Cincinnati

June 20:

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution 7:00-8:30 pm, Citizens Climate Lobby

Summer Solstice Celebration 6:30 pm, New Life Furniture Bank

June 21 - June 22nd: Backyard Campout, Great Parks of Hamilton County

June 22:

Breeding Birds & Summer Nature Walk 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Oxbow Inc

Queen City Adventure Running Series 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Orienteering Cincinnati

Farm Tour and Celebration 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Boone County Conservation District

June 25:

Price Hill Community Garden Tour 10:00-11:00 am, UC Sustainability & Turner Farm

Smale Mind & Body: Ragga Fit 6:00-7:00 pm, Cincinnati Parks

Professional Opportunities 

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is offering a Waste Reduction Innovation Grant opportunity for communities, schools, non-profits and private businesses. This program helps fund innovative waste reduction, reuse, food rescue, composting and recycling programs that significantly reduce waste in Hamilton County, Ohio. Proposals will be accepted until November 1 or until funding runs out. 

National Geographic has released an RFP for projects that reduce ocean plastic pollution. The program seeks to reduce per capita plastic consumption and the flow of plastics into watersheds. Interested parties should submit applications by July 10.

Applications are being accepted by Captain Planet Foundation for student ecoTECH grants through July 15. The grants are specifically offered to engage children in inquiry-based, STEM-related projects that leverage technology and/or use nature-based design to address environmental problems in local communities.

USGBC Ohio will host Lunch and Leaders: Gas Detection & CO2 Monitoring on June 27 at 11:30 am. The information presented in this course will help those seeking an understanding of enhanced indoor air quality and minimum energy performance.

Work with our Members                         View our full Green Jobs board.

Food Hub Team Member - Our Harvest

Park Manager/ Turfgrass Manager - Great Parks of Hamilton County

CEO - Community Shares

Communications & Program Intern - Green Umbrella

Volunteer with our Members               View our full Volunteer page.

Assistant Camp Counselor - Imago

Website Management Volunteer - Taking Root

Volunteer Orientation - Cincinnati Parks

Community Garden Volunteer Day - Working in Neighborhoods

Leave No Trace Winton Woods Clean Up - Great Parks of Hamilton County

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